Whoa, this movie is wild. This is like, one blood splatter away from being rated R. I mean, if any blood was flying out when people were injured, instead of just appearing on walls after the fact, this would definitely be rated R. X-Men Apocalypse! Time for more mutant mayhem!
Now then, as a whole, I really had fun with the film. It didn’t feel too long, despite actually being quite long. There were wild effects and plenty of action. It was a action film throughout. Not that there aren’t problems with it, but this X-Men film is still pretty good.
I enjoyed going back to Cyclops, Jean, Storm and all of those characters. Cyclops and Jean are particularly important in this. And Nightcrawler’s back, too! I always really liked Nightcrawler. They’re all in their younger form, but they work well in this film. Beast is around, though he doesn’t really act like a beast. Mystique is back and a clear hero this time. I don’t mind that. I think it took a bit of forcing in the plot to make her a team leader, though.
And the movie doesn’t really get bogged down. I almost want it to slow down a bit. I wanted to get to know Scott, Jean and the others more. I feel the movie sort of abuses the fact that most people know the X-Men already and uses it as an excuse not to develop them as much. But I wanted more about them. Have some more screentime with Jean and Charles talking about her powers.
I am kind of abusing the fact I expect people to know about these characters the way I just talk about them.
Best part of the film is once again Quicksilver. Remember his speed scene in Days of Future Past? He has a similar one here. And I was smiling all the way through.
As far as Apocalypse goes, I think he was alright. Nothing fantastic. I don’t know much about his powers, but I think they showed him as sufficiently powerful. I mean, it took more to take him out than any other X-Men villain by a huge mile. So as far as power was concerned, I enjoyed the portayal. He still could have been more physically imposing, though.
But once again, in an attempt to ramp things up, this movie has massive destruction everywhere. Then, at the end, everything is just brushed away. Magneto is pretty much just Magnetoing it up like in every film. Yes, the guy is tragic, but stop Magnetoing things up!
Oh, random note, I had to look up who played Havok in the previous films. I did not recognize it was Lucas Till all three times and thought they replaced the actor.
Time for some spoilery thoughts. Stop here if you have not seen the movie. As a whole, I enjoyed this movie as some fun. It doesn’t change up the X-Men much, but I do like being back to Scott, Jean and the rest.
Alright, spoiler thoughts.
Out of the Four Horsemen, three are pretty not useful in this. I can’t even figure out why three of them would join Apocalypse. Only Magneto really seems to care about what Apocalypse is saying. It seems that Apocalypse has some sort of persuasion powers, but he explicity cannot mind control people. And in general, the other Horsemen seem really into it until things go south.
Comparing things to Age of Ultron for a bit, I would add in a scene showing Storm starting to doubt things. She’s the only one that changes sides, but it’s all down to reaction shots. Storm’s characterization was a bit too subtle. Really, aside from Magneto, none of the other Horsemen say more than one line at a time and are just brute force for Apocalypse. Sure, that’s what they were recruited for, but it does make Storm’s betrayal feel like it’s there just because she’s a future X-Men.
Once again, it’s a fun movie, but it’s squarely in the sequel style of bigger, badder and more flashy. And the characterization suffer a bit as a result.