Monday, January 9, 2017

Movie review: X-Men: Apocalypse

The world's first mutant, Apocalypse, has returned after thousands of years and quickly determines extinction of the human race will result in his preferred new world order. The human race at stake, the X-Men scramble to build a team.

James McAvoy (Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Erik/Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Raven/Mystique), Oscar Isaac (Apocalypse), Rose Byrne (Moira), Evan Peters (Maximoff/Quicksilver), Sophie Turner (Jean), Tye Sheridan (Scott/Cyclops), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Kurt/Nightcrawler).

X-Men: Apocalypse launches well enough with some good backstory before shifting to current day and integration with the existing X-Men storyline. While the plot is interesting, integration was lacking with some confusing, if not incorrect, timeline issues. It also felt inconsistent that a well organized group like the X-Men, who have dealt with similar threats before, must scramble to put up a team of inexperienced fighters. That said, the film is enjoyable once reality and consistency are completely disregarded.

As usual, acting was pretty good in this addition to the franchise. McAvoy and Fassbender continue to mature and do quite well. Lawrence, while a very good actress, just doesn't fit the role of Mystique as well as Romijn. Peters continues to entertain and deliver well, as did Turner and Sheridan. Isaac and the remainder of the cast were solid and enjoyable.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all well done as expected from this franchise. CGI and action scenes were somewhat over the top, excessively fast moving resulting in a loss of detail, and CGI was quite obvious at times. Dialogue was solid, as was sound and soundtrack.

While X-Men: Apocalypse is a decent addition to the franchise, quick delivery and an increasingly convoluted timeline seem to be taking a toll on overall quality. Those who enjoy the franchise should enjoy this one which should also do reasonably well as a stand-alone film.

With plenty of violence and some gore, mild foul language, and potentially disturbing images, teens and above will be fine with this one.

Released: 2016
Reviewed: 12.27.16
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comic Book Superheroes, Fantasy, Sci-Fi Action, Fantasy Adventure

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