Thursday, June 2, 2016
X-Men: Apocalypse SPOILER Review
First of all, we need to talk about Magneto. That scene in the forest when his family dies is brutal, and it's one of the best scenes in the movie. I was on the edge of my seat for the whole thing. It really goes to help you understand why Magneto feels the way he does. And to an extent... you kind of agree with him.
The Quicksilver scene was brilliant once again. It was more complex and arguably funnier than the first, though I'll admit I'm not completely sure I liked it more. Just because it lacked the surprise of the first one, where no one saw it coming. Here it felt somewhat forced in. But it was still quite entertaining.
The Wolverine cameo was very well done. Seeing him in his Weapon X gear was really cool, and a great nod to the comics, and seeing him go nuts and just cut people to shreds was great. And gives us a taste of what's to come in his R-rated standalone. Again, he did feel somewhat forced in, but it worked well. And I'm definitely glad he was.
But... I have to say, it doesn't make a lot of sense why he was there. At the end of Days of Future Past, we see Stryker find Wolverine and take him away, only to find out it wasn't Stryker, it was Mystique. But, in Apocalypse, Stryker actually has him. So... what? Did Bryan Singer forget the end of his own movie? I'm sure you can make an argument that it's been ten years, so Mystique easily could have lost him in that time, but it's still lazy writing. And... am I the only one who wants to move past Stryker? Why is he still in these movies? Can we do something new, please?
Another thing that bothered me was the four horsemen. None of them got the screen time they should have. The two that really bothered me were Psylocke and Angel. I'm a big fan of Psylocke from the comics, and she was completely wasted here. Don't get me wrong, she looked great, and her powers were awesome. Seeing her and Beast, two of my favorite X-men characters, fight each other was amazing. But she has no character in the movie, and I can only hope that she's expanded in further films.
As for Angel, he was... there. From what I understand of Angel from the comics, he's a millionaire with long, flowing blond hair. Not a punk rocker. Also, he's one of the original X-Men and he actually DIES at the end of the movie. Just seemed sort of disrespectful to the source material to treat a character so poorly, and gave me horrible X-Men 3 flashbacks.
Also, Havok dies in this movie. And I didn't really care. I liked him in First Class, and seeing him interact with Cyclops was cool, but I just don't think his death was handled well in the film. "Where's Havok?" "I think he's dead." "Well, crap." Then more stuff happens and you forget. Again, X-Men 3 flashbacks.
Let's not forget that the movie ends with Apocalypse being defeated by Jean Grey tapping into her Phoenix Force potential. And as cool as that moment was, I can't help but wonder how X-Men fans feel about the comic book origin of the Phoenix Force being pushed aside yet again. I loved the moment and I loved the character, but it's worth mentioning. And, like I said, though I liked the moment, I'm not sure how I feel about that being the way Apocalypse went down. He seems so awesome in the first half of the film, then just kinda gets kicked around in the third act. For me, it'll be worth it if we get a really great Phoenix Saga movie. But I imagine fans of Apocalypse will be a little less than pleased.
Lastly, let's talk about that end credit scene. I loved it. It's so simple and yet says so much about the future films. We see people cleaning up after Wolverine's massacre, which was awesome, and we see a man with a briefcase take a vial of Wolverine's blood that's labeled "Weapon X." So... X-23? I think that's the perfect direction for the films to go in. Jackman's about done with the character, and X-23 is a fascinating one. She doesn't have to be a main character or anything, but seeing her take over as Wolverine would be great. It's also a great way to do the gender swap thing Hollywood loves to do without pissing off comic fans. I think it's a great idea, and I can't wait to see what comes from that. The briefcase is also labeled "Essex Corpse." So I imagine they're hinting at Mr. Sinister. As for what this means for the franchise, it's hard to really say. But a Mr. Sinister adaptation should be... interesting to say the least.
This spoiler review may have seemed a little harsh, but I did like the movie. Even if it doesn't live up to its potential. I'm very much looking forward to the next film set in the 90's, and at the very end the X-Men looked absolutely incredible. We might just get the animated series-like X-Men we all want, and I can't wait. Until next time, folks.