Movie Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

January 2, 2017

 

On my flight home from holiday travels, I decided I'd rather watch a flick than stare at clouds for four hours. On the menu was an overpriced cheeseburger, and X-Men: Apocalypse.

 

I'll be the first one to admit that I've completely last track of some of these franchises. The first ones that come to mind are the X-Men and Transformers movies. I can't remember which ones I've seen or how many of them there are, and as far I'm concerned, that's not a good sign.

 

But since Doctor Strange wasn't available till Feb., (I really wanted to see it in theatres, in IMAX 3D, but got around to it just a tad-bit late) my next best option was the latest X-Men movie, and in the grand scheme of things, it did not disapoint.

 

I could argue it was a bit heavy on action/effects and a bit light on story, but I won't, because I was quite satisfied the film. Lots of beautiful actresses in this flick, although, I feel like it was pretty light on Psylocke considering how intensely they were promoting her character before the film's release. In most of the scenes in which she was present, she was standing off to the side while Apocalypse yapped on.

 

It was a long movie, but I especially didn't mind since my main reason for watching it was to pass time during a flight anyway. I think I had forgotten it was a prequel of sorts or took place earlier in the greater X-Men timeline, because I was pleased upon this realization.

 

The X-Men are probably my favorite comic book characters, Marvel or otherwise, so I truly get a sense of joy and nostalgia when seeing them in various forms of entertainment. Funny how much of the weight of these films can be carried by the characters themselves, and not the story.

 

X-Men: Apocalypse is a solid addition to the X-Men franchise, as well as comics-turned-film in general. It doesn't push the envelope or reinvent the wheel in any way, and I think that's Fox's way of ensuring they do a good job of riding Disney's coattails, rather than creating a true flop like BvS.

 

Action movie enthusiasts or casual film goers alike should enjoy this movie. You won't want to ride off into the sunset, promoting its glorious nature, but you certainly won't regret watching it, either.

 

All we need now is a proper Gambit movie.

 

-A.C.H.

 

Image: 20th Century Fox

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