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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Movie Review | X-Men: Apocalypse

05.18.2016 – If you grew up the X-Men animated series chances are whenever there’s a new film coming out you’ll probably humming to the tune of the opening music. Unlike the animated series the film’s scope is different and taken in a grand way.

With that the latest instalment is ‘X-Men Apocalypse’ that has been highly anticipated and already is getting mixed reactions due to the introduction of the main antagonist in Apocalypse portrayed by Oscar Isaac.

But over the course of months since the first reveal of Apocalypse there where significant changes on how the character’s promotion has his appearance evolved closely to source material and slowly gain some resemblance to the character.

The film is what could probably Bryan Singer’s last which is his fourth run to direct the X-Men franchise, which he tries to correct the mistakes that brought Last Stand and X-Men Origins as the lesser accepted films. Compared to Days Future Past this is a bigger film that takes on the big bad character in Apocalypse that could match the cosmic villain in Thanos and DC’s own Darkseid.

Quicker than Quicksilver

If you’ve seen that one particular scene in Days Future Past that featured Quicksilver wait until you see his scene in Apocalypse. Speedsters are not that fast enough depicted in the comicbooks, but Evan Peters’ Peter Maximoff/Quicksilver defies that logic in this film that is no longer grounded as to what Marvel Studios has done with the character in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Quicksilver is fast but not that too fast that it has become a suspension of belief to see the ability of speed can be explained that way. The scene in Days of Future Past was close enough that to understand that he’s fast, but in Apocalypse he has a longer scene in how he does it which is more than unreal.

The Big Bad Excuse of a Villain

Apocalypse IS the main baddie and Bryan Singer has explained the reason he’d rather cast Oscar Isaac in a physical role rather than to portray him as a CG character. He makes some points compared Marvel making Thanos a CG character with Josh Brolin through voice acting and performance capture.

But visual the Apocalypse character is supposed to be imposing and that’s a challenge the filmmaker is going to make. The first image of Apocalypse reveal was the permanent damage that stuck to everyone’s mind that this villain appears like that campy Ivan Ooze from the Power Ranger movie from 20 years ago. This is the reason Marvel is very careful about their characters and that stands out regardless the method of using CG characters would hinder the performance of the actors.

It’s Always the End for the Mutants

Whenever there’s a crisis in the X-Men film it’s always an impending doom that involves the world, which is no longer new having seen that in the five previous films in the last fifteen years excluding the Wolverine movies it always an end of the world as its main theme. As they say go bigger with the event that only the X-Men can save the world and after Apocalypse what’s next for the merry mutants?

That question would be another challenge for 20th century fox to think about as the next x-men related film will be Hugh Jackman’s last around as The Wolverine. But overall “X-Men Apocalypse” still stands latest instalment in the franchise that defy the limitations of the major villain in physical form and at the same time pushed the envelope in the visual department with great acting performance by the cast.

It may not be as what some of the fans had hope for but Bryan Singer has weaved another winner in taking the franchise to another level, that the next director should challenge how this can be sustained at the same time add a fresh look at the X-Men which slowly sheds of its original dark image introduced in the first films.

“X-Men: Apocalypse” opens on May 18, 2016 in Philippine cinemas also in 3D and IMAX theatres nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.


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