Movie Review: X-Men Apocalypse

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Star rating: **

I have to say there is something about the X-Men franchise that i just can’t seem to get along with. It always seems like the films are convoluted and they are so busy trying to cater for every single age group in the audience that the characters are not ever well rounded enough. Having said that ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ was not completely terrible so i was interested to see whether this reboot of the X-Men universe would finally bring these films into the land of where Marvel lives, with finesse and well developed characters.

This film takes us back to Ancient Egypt where a first generation super mutant is being worshipped by humans and treated as a god. That is until the humans revolt, burying him in a pyramid deep underneath the ground. Flash forward to 1983 where Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) is hiding out in East Berlin while other mutants around the world are looking up to her as their role model. Erik/Magneto (Michael Fassbender) is living in Poland with his wife and daughter and working in a metal factory whilst his old friend Xavier (James McAvoy)  is accumulating mutants in his Xavier’s School of Gifted Youngsters. When the mutant god (Oscar Isaac) is awoken, forces old and new have to reunite to find a way to defeat him.

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This film reminds me of ‘Captain America Civil War’ in many ways where supposed friends are having to face off for what they believe in. However what this film fails to do is to make the audience feel any sympathy towards a lot of the characters. The film is messy and as it tries to weave in other storylines, for example Mystique trying to find her true self or a young Jean Grey trying to overcome fear of her powers, the main storyline of this mutant god Apocalypse coming to destroy the world is almost put on a back burner. The climax of the film comes across as being poorly thought out and you just can’t seem to find a handle on Apocalypse being the bad guy and what he really wants to achieve. James McAvoy’s Xavier is probably the only character that i felt i had sympathy for and that was only because i knew him from the previous films. I did feel that Mystique could have been given a bit more screen time to show her moral struggle with being a role model or staying hidden.

This is one of those films you can watch and be entertained, but it is not one you will be inclined to remember in a few years.

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