We went to see X-Men: Apocalypse (together!) last week, and we thought we’d share our opinion and stuff. Do review-y stuff.
Since the movie hasn’t been out that long, we’re not going to spoil anything. That’s right, this is a spoiler-free zone!
The movie starts by covering Apocalypse‘s origin story – so, for all those who wondered where the guy has been, there is an explanation. Which is good. Because I was one of those who wondered.
Apocalypse/En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac) is one scary dude, too. Not in an obvious way, though; he thinks he’s a god, he has the powers of a god, but he still looks more or less human, and is not taller than a human or anything. But with his powers, he manages to convince these four people who, yes, were hurt or got screwed by the world, but had no particular gripe with the entire world, to become his followers and join him in destroying him. We don’t see what’s going on in their heads, so maybe he’s manipulating them in some way, but from what we get to see, he gives them something – and they join him, because they want to. I’m not 100% sure I would qualify that as logical, but then again, this is a movie about mutants with superpowers, so who cares about logical? It was just something I needed to address, because it bothers me a little. Some of them have good reason to hate the mutants and the humans, so I understand why they would want to harm them; but not all of them do. So there are these 4 people who join a random god in destroying the world, simply for the fun of destroying it, when they have not previously shown any interest in doing that.
Wait, no, that’s not true. Some of them have.
Moving on. The next thing I need to say is that they don’t use Jean enough. Sure, she’s still in school, so she hasn’t learnt everything she needs to know about her powers, but she still has incredibly abilities – that she doesn’t really use. I thought that was sad, because she could have been so much more of a character, had they made her do more.
That being said, she was still a great character. She’s overpowered (but we already knew that), but she’s not arrogant or anything. The kids in school are scared of her, but she’s not bitter; she’s scared of herself like the rest of them are, but, whenever it’s needed, she trusts herself enough to do what needs to be done – and that’s really important. They could have screwed up her character, because I’m sure having someone with her powers is not an easy task, but they handled it. They did a really good job with her. And so did Sophie Turner, by the way. I hope we get to see more of her in the future!
Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) is wearing her human face for most of the movie, which I know many people were afraid of after seeing the trailers – but there’s a good explanation for that too, so don’t worry. And we do get to see the blue side of her as well.
Quicksilver (Evan Peters) is still awesome. He gets a bit more screentime in this movie, and his running scene is just as awesome as the one Days of Future Past – if not better! And the best thing is, it looks like he’s gonna be sticking around for a while (his words, not mine).
The visual effects are incredible. These guys really know what they’re doing. The music is great and fitting. The acting is on point, as usual, and the writers do a good job as well. My only slight problem with it is that it takes a while to get rolling; but that, too, is understandable, given that they have a lot of characters, and a lot of storylines that they need to tie up together. They did a good job with that, which is remarkable.
And I think we’ve reached the part where I give you my rating of this movie. So, here it is, folks: Exceeds Expectations. We didn’t really know what we were getting ourselves into despite having seen the trailers, but we enjoyed the sh*t out of this movie. Definitely go see it, if you haven’t already!