X-Men Apocalypse Review – A terrible end to a solid trilogy

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My limited fascination with the X-Men series of movies has been my only interest in the superhero genre on the whole. Their ongoing quality from the movies I’ve seen in the series (X-Men, First Class, Days of Future Past, Logan) have managed to keep me interested for quite some time. But all good things must come to an end, and my interest in the X-Men series is no more, especially after witnessing X-Men Apocalypse.  

How redundant and spectacularly dull of a movie this one is. If there were ever evidence to suggest the higher ups in charge of the X-Men series don’t know what else to do, then this is the key piece of evidence.  

By far the worst part of the movie is the performance of Oscar Isaac, who seemingly peaked with Ex Machina. His role as Apocalypse is quite dull, and as far as supervillains go, he’s certainly not the most interesting. The whole ancient Egypt angle came out of nowhere, I really wasn’t expecting that and it sets a whole new tone to the series that just doesn’t gel well with characters I moderately care about. 

The same cannot be said for the new inclusions of the cast, which unfortunately include the ever obnoxious Tye Sheridan. His role as the young and upcoming Cyclops is a sight for sore eyes. A real hallmark of how bad an actor he is, between this and Ready Player One I struggle to see why people like his performances. Come to think of it, the majority of the new cast members suffer greatly in being nothing but obnoxious, irrelevant or not expanded upon enough to really make an impact. Throwing the focus over to this new band of characters halfway through the movie was a horrific idea. 

But it’s not just new cast members that cause concern, even returning members like Rose Byrne are pretty bland in whatever it is she was doing throughout this movie. Evan Peters in particular as Quicksilver is wasted, making his slow-motion scene in Days of Future Past feel like a novelty throwaway rather than a scene that actually mattered. A shameful waste of Michael Fassbender also, who seemingly can’t make it through an entire X-Men movie without switching sides at least once. 

However even without the cast, it’s not an interesting story. Nowhere in my mind did I once think I would care about the battle between the X-Men and the first ever mutant. As cool as that sounds, the whole ancient Egypt swerve and general structure of the story makes it almost impossible to invest in. None of the action is cool or enjoyable either, which is criminal to say the least. Especially for a superhero movie, where the redeeming quality is often the action-packed CGI monstrosities.  

No, the redeeming quality here (if you can call it that) is James McAvoy and Nicholas Hoult, who try their absolute best through what is an invariably bad movie.  

It’s scary that this is one of the three films that me and my Dad share the same opinion on. We were bored out of our minds during this, loved The Grand Budapest Hotel and enjoyed Taken. Aside from that, we’re totally different on our opinions. So, when two opposing forces of film fans can come together and agree that something is abhorrently boring, you know it’s bad.  


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X-Men: Apocalypse
Ewan Gleadow
I've been writing for various different places for roughly four or five years now. Currently focusing my writing on film reviews, politics and occasional game reviews. Hopefully you enjoy my work, be sure to contact me if you have any criticisms or praise.

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