PG) X-Men: Apocalypse
20th Century Fox.
PG for Violence, Not Recommended for Young Children, Tobacco Use
Running Time: 144 Minutes.
3 and a half stars out of 4.
Following the critical and commercial success of 2014's "Days of Future Past," Bryan Singer returns to helm the latest instalment in the nearly twenty year long "X-Men" franchise. With "X-Men: Apocalypse," the X-Men take on their biggest threat yet with the emergence of the world's first mutant, Apocalypse, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan. With "X-Men: Apocalypse," the world is at stake, and it is up to the X-Men, led by Jennifer Lawrence's Raven/Mystique to try and save it. In "Apocalypse" fan favourites, Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Storm return for the first time since 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand. X-Men: Apocalypse is amongst some of the best entries in the X-Men franchise, and while not as good as 2014's "Days of Future Past," Apocalypse is an extremely satisfying and enjoyable entry in the X-Men franchise, that ranks amongst the best comic book films of the year.
X-Men: Apocalypse is a divisive film amongst critics and audiences alike. Early reviews have been mixed, stating that the film is a disaster, and amongst the worst entries in the franchise. There have been complaints about the titular villain "Apocalypse," as played by Oscar Isaac, as well as having two many characters, and too much going on. While I can understand some critics complaints with their being too many characters and too much going on, I cannot understand the criticism directed at the villain. As an antagonist I found him quite menacing, and I found that Oscar Isaac gave a terrific performance, and was an ample successor to Peter Dinklage's excellent Bolivar Trask in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
X-Men: Apocalypse ranks amongst some of my favourite instalments in the X-Men franchise. I was dazzled by the beauty, brilliance, and sophistication of the film. I felt as if everything just worked, and made sense. This was a thrilling and ambitious film that took risks and dared to be different in a time when superhero films dominate an already oversaturated film market.
The ensemble all do solid work, and work well together. James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, and Evan Peters as Quicksilver are the personal standouts for me. McAvoy truly is the heart and sole of the "First Class Trilogy." In this film, there is a sense of depth and emotional complexity to Xavier that we have never seen before. Evan Peters returns as fan favourite sequel, and has the best sequence in the entire film. While I personally found his 2014 prison break sequence to be overrated and not enough fun, this scene completely blows that sequence out of the water. The visual effects, music, acting, and camera work, all work cohesively to produce something that is truly sensational.
X-Men: Apocalypse is a film that deserves to be seen by audiences everywhere. This is the one time where I would say do not trust Rotten Tomatoes scores, as this film truly is every bit as good as you would want it to be. Apocalypse is a film that dares to be different, and is a much more enjoyable and meaningful film than "Captain America: Civil War."
In X-Men: Apocalypse, only the strong will survive, and this makes for an incredible film going experience. Audiences will get everything they want and even more, and will be on a roller coaster ride with this film from beginning to end.
X-Men: Apocalypse is truly something special.