X – M E N : A P O C A L Y P S E
Cast : James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult
My Rating : 3.5/5
Synopsis : With the emergence of the world’s first mutant, Apocalypse, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan.
My Review :
This heavily CGI, action packed addition of the X-Men franchise is bold and ambitious in it’s characterization and story telling. Its mixture of mythology, social commentary and recent history makes the visual as entertaining as the dialogue.
Set in the 1980’s, several years after “Day’s of Future Past” we find Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) continuing his dream of developing the School for Gifted Youngsters. Along side him is Hank “Beast” McCoy (Nicholas Hoult) aiding his efforts in helping the young Jean Gray, Cyclops etc… come to terms with their powers. Raven/Mystique (Jenifer Lawrence) is seeking other mutants in a world where they are still treated like freaks and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) has created a new life for himself in Poland, along with a wife and child. Things on the surface appear to be moving smoothly. Until Apocalypse (Oscar Issac) rises from a centuries long sleep and shakes the fragile foundations the mutants have established.
Apocalypse awakes, unimpressed by the weak world leaders and seeks to cleanse the world that lies before him. However, before he sets about wiping the earth of humans, he seeks out his Four Horseman. He gathers together Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Archangel (Ben Hardy) and Magneto, using their anger and fears to persuade them that humanity’s time is up.
A welcome introduction to this movie is Nightcrawler portrayed by Kodi Smit-McPhee. He provides some much needed comedic moments during the movie. Alexandra Shipp’s interpretation of Storm is fantastic, however I was a little disappointed we did not get to see her in action more. The introduction of the new cast, along with the established older cast works well. The only person for me who really let the movie down was Jennifer Lawrence. Usually I love her, she can do very little wrong, however I felt at times I was watching “Katniss Everdeen” face of the rebellion instead of Mystique anti-hero mutant. One of the best moments of the movie is Quicksilver’s timely appearance at The School for the Gifted.
Admittedly the storytelling did fall down in places, as it often does with heavily action based movies, but makes up for this in some rather endearing and tragic moments throughout. It has a nice pace, with some well judged action scenes, however it does lack some suspense.
I have to admit that this was not a movie I had planned on seeing when I saw the trailer, but I am glad I did. If you have followed the X-Men franchise then this is not a movie to miss. There are some outstanding performances by both the old and the new cast which I enjoyed, as I mentioned before Nightcrawler is dream. The soundtrack also deserves a special mention along with the costuming. Some of those outfits are very impressive, Nightcrawlers “thiller” jacket is very reminiscent of the 80’s. There are also some well judged cameos which you cannot fail to see.
Yes, this movie has received some bad reviews by the critics but don’t listen to them, go and see it for yourselves. You might just be pleasantly surprised.