Hugh Jackman’s final performance brings about a thought-provoking and emotional comic book movie
With Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart officially leaving the franchise, the X-Men movies’ future has never been so lost yet so confident. What both new entries of the franchise have made it clear is that new additions are welcomed and possible. As their veterans sign off, new additions become more important.
Bryan Singer is back to direct his final X-Men movie while finishing up his young mutants trilogy
X-Men: Apocalypse is Bryan Singer’s latest X-Men movie. Riding from the success of Days of Future Past, everyone was excited to see what Singer had to offer to this old franchise. Apocalypse brings back old faces like Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence while also adding fresh blood like Alexandra Shipp, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner and Olivia Munn.
Although, I did not think this movie was better than Days of Future Past, I thought it was better than what most critics were saying about it. Apocalypse is a very ambitious movie and more ambitious than it should be. It is not your typical superhero movie. There are some really weird and bizarre scenes that you should not except from a superhero movie. These scenes are often well made and well realized. They fit in perfectly within the movie and the universe that is being built.
One the other hand, the enthusiasm and the ambitions of these scenes make for some very poor looking scenes. The CGI is never at its best, because the movie wants to go places where it is difficult to shoot and build. Some of the shots seem fake and fairly cartoony. Nonetheless, you can forgive the inspired Singer for these mistakes because the audience can really appreciate what he is imagining. Imagination and creativity are definitely not lacking in this latest instalment.
The new cast is all excellent. Everyone did great as always. Sophie Turner and Kodi Smith-McPhee were the best ones among the new cast. However, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender steal the show as Professor X and Magneto yet again. The chemistry between these two are what sells the emotional scenes. This is by far their movie.
Oscar Isaac’s Apocalypse worked as a very menacing and scary villain. The movie does a great job showcasing his powers and just how powerful he is. However, the movie never gives him a clear motive for why he wants to destroy the world. The movie does give him a sort of biblical motive, but they never fully explain in details. This transform a very scary villain into this straight forward cliché.
Despite some bad CGI and a cliché villain, the creativity and imaginative nature of X-Men: Apocalypse proves that Bryan Singer is still the best X-Men director the franchise has seen. As the cast continues to develop and become better, Apocalypse sets up for some new and exciting stories ahead. More X-Men movies are coming and I am extremely exiting to see what is next.