By Joy Jones
The X-Men are back in another blast to the past. The trailer for “X-Men: Apocalypse” was released only a few days ago and it definitely has a similar feel to “X-Men: Days of Future Past.“ With that being said it’s evident that there’s something very different. The trailer was very much so like a bride on her wedding day there was something old, something new, something blue, but still something seemed to be missing.
“X-Men: Apocalypse” is set in the year 1983. Many of the primary X-Men are just emerging from a youthful abyss and we see the emergence of an ancient mutant, who is more of a god/anti-Christ. This super villain or god, whichever you prefer, is En Sabar Nur a.k.a. Apocalypse, who has reawakened with one goal – to destroy earth along with the human population, so that only mutants will remain. Of course the benevolent Professor Charles Xavier and the X-Men aren’t willing to stand by idly without putting up a fight. The mutants hopeful for peace battle it out against Apocalypse, his four Horsemen, and the other mutants ready to forge their own world.
Joining the X-MEN franchise for the first time is Oscar Isaac who plays Apocalypse and his horseman, Alexander Shipp (Storm), Ben Hardy (Angel), and Olivia Munn (Psylocke). Returning is a disgruntled Magneto, played by Michael Fassbender, who has also become a Horseman himself. Also returning is Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, James McCoy as Professor X, Evan Peter as Quicksilver, and Nicholas Hoult as The Beast, with newcomers Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler, and Lana Condor as Jubilee making their debut.
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” did extremely well in its opening weekend coming in at #1, grossing more than $90 million, but can 20th Century Fox do it again. No doubt cult followers and Marvel lovers are sure to come out, however critics are questioning whether or not this “gimmick” of blending the old with the new will hold up at the box office. Fox is really taking a turn with some classic X-Men expectations. A new Storm is sure to cause a rouse for those who fell in love with Storm through Halle Berry’s portrayals. And if that wasn’t enough Wolverine is not listed in the cast for “X-Men: Apocalypse” – unless Fox is planning a super duper surprise feature it definitely won’t feel the same without Hugh Jackman.
In addition, Apocalypse’s character feels more animated than we’ve seen in previous X-Men movies. While his actions match those of an anti-Christ he seems closer in appearance to a Power Rangers type villain.
Based on the trailer there also seems to be a slight change in color scheme and use of CGI. While there is a strong sense of realism the trailer does lend more usage to brighter colors – which may be in part due to the period the movie is set. However, that shouldn’t excuse special effects. Watching the trailer I was much more aware of the special effects in comparison to other X-Men films. It felt less realistic and slightly dated. Lastly on “X-Men: Apocalypse,” there is no doubt Mystique is stepping out of her role as a supporting character and into the spotlight. There’s no one who loves a strong female role more than me, but I can’t say that I love it. Of course everything’s always better on the big screen, so we’ll have to wait and see.
“X-Men: Apocalypse” hits theaters May 27th 2016.