X-Men: Apocalypse

Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

29 May 16

Good loud smashy fun.

While not as spot on as X-Men: Days Of Future Past, X-Men:Apocalypse is first rate popcorn. If you're not familiar with the comics a whole raft of elements become irrelevant. Just enjoy the good acting and the good punch ups.

For my money, they didn't make much use of the formidable acting prowess of Jennifer Lawrence, but that's what you get with ensemble casts. Each actor has to take the back seat and let each other shine in turn. Maybe it was the quality of the theatre I was in but Oscar Isaac's Apocalypse looked more grey-green than blue. As a long time collector of X titles, I found that distracting.

This film does an excellent job of handing the torch to a new generation of actors to carry the X-Men franchise on. Sophie Turner made an outstanding Jean Grey and Evan Peters was a joy as Pietro Maximoff (so VERY looking forward to the Maximoff twins being reunited when Fox gets off it's high horse and allows the Marvel Movie universes to unite!). Kodi Smit-McPhee brings a humours turn to a nervous twitchy Nightcrawler. Other new faces give us much to look forward to.

The established cast all contributed to the high standard humour and drama as they have taught us to expect of them.

I missed the space ship. Marvel has a long history of giving us alien visitations to provide awesome tech and plot devices. For one horrible moment I thought they were going to give go back to that awful Phoenix as a split personality disaster that seriously marred the first trilogy. Fortunately the door has been left open to an alien Phoenix. WHEW! There are such rich plots to mine from the comics. I'd hate to see them chucked away.

All in all. I'm a happy camper.