By Mandela Wells
I’ve been saying it for over the past 2 years, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” was a game changer. The film’s time traveling concept was genius, as we saw a story in which it’s ending wiped away and projected path that normal prequel trilogies take. We as fans were given the chance to in the foreseeable future get new alternate X-Men stories. We no longer had the memory of the terrible “X-Men: The Last Stand,“ and we no longer had to worry about the X-men franchise not introducing other characters into its universe. The slate was wiped clean and the franchise has the opportunity to create an alternate path. That is exciting to think about. Going with the Apocalypse storyline was an brilliant choice follow up to “Days of Future Past,” and setting it in the next decade was perfect too. All seamed right with this picture going in. Along with the choice decade and star lineup we get to see Oscar Isaac play a serious bad guy this time around in Apocalypse, Psylocke (Olivia Munn) and Jubilee (Lana Condor) are being introduced, several of ya favorite X-Men are having their younger selves being portrayed on screen, and of course Bryan Singer is directing once again. I was so excited going in and once I got out the theater.
“Apocalypse” fell very short of where it could of gone.
The year is 1983 and all seems peaceful after the events of the last film. However, in Egypt, one of the very first and most powerful mutants mutant, Apocalypse has reawakened and plans on cleansing the earth of all inhabitants. Apocalypse gathers his Four Horseman in Psylocke, Angel (Ben Hardy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and even a young Storm (Alexandra Shipp) to help him with this plan. It is then up to Professor X and his X-Men to save the world from their greatest challenge yet.
Soooooo don’t get me wrong, this film was fun. Yet it was clunky and at times sloppy, thus resulting in me being disappointed. The script was badly written. The multiple stories in here were not concise, and the dialogue at times was not good. The whole story itself did not flow well as the one in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” did. Very sloppy editing in the beginning, like stuff was rushed a bit in certain scenes and it cut back to other scenes too early. Also, Bryan Singer cut out some really great parts in the film like more of Beast (Nicholas Hoult) vs Psylocke and more scenes with Jubilee, basically stuff that was seen in the trailers.
The acting from some of the cast was really great but others really bombed their moment in the spotlight. The main ones was Kodi Smit-McPhee, who was terrible as Nightcrawler and Alexandra Shipp, who sucked as Storm and that accent was getting on my nerves. Also, I know a lot of her scenes were cut out, but Lana Candor could have done a little bit more with Jubilee. I hope she returns in the next film we deserved more than that.
On a good note, Oscar Isaac was a fantastic villain. He sounded and looked incredibly different in costume. I liked how at the end of the movie you almost feel sorry for him, because he was fighting against the chaos and violence that has unfortunately been apart of our loooong history in humankind. In other words, he was trying to make the world a better place but he of course went about it as wrong as you can possibly can go with that agenda. He also was portrayed as being a truely powerful mutant like almost as fearsome as bane was in the dark knight rises
Sophie Turner did a really solid job as Jean Grey. Her American accent was very good and she really portrayed a different Jean Grey with a bit of Famke Jennesen’s previous portrayal. She ends up actually being an even more important character in the film than we are first meant to believe. She is gonna be a fine actress as she keeps going. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender did the best acting job of this whole film. McAvoy and Fassbender have this amazing chemistry in this dramatic film and can really reach to the darkest and most sad of places and even the most triumphant. Jennifer Lawrence did pretty well once again as Mystique. She is constantly changing like her disguises and I’m really into her development. I wonder where this new alternate path will lead her in the next film, which hopefully will be better. Olivia Munn was so sexy as Psylocke, I cannot lie. But on a serious note she did her part in here. She’s bound to return for an X-Force film. Quicksilver (Evan Peters) and his scene in this film is incredible just like the last one and really funny. There is also a special cameo from a particular clawed mutant. You take a guess as to who I’m talking about.
Sooo pretty much this film did not live up to expectations. Whatever they do in the next one NEEDS to be improved on and overall better than this.