X-Men: Apocalypse – Movie Review

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Official Synopsis: With the emergence of the world’s first mutant, Apocalypse, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan.

Review Summary: X-Men: Apocalypse is Bryan Singer’s fourth film in the franchise, and while it may not be his best—for my money, it’s still X2—I appreciated Singer’s ambitious effort. Like most X-Men films, this is a comic book movie that tells a deeply human story at its roots, making the action set pieces all the more thrilling.

There’s a surprisingly cerebral (pun intended) story woven throughout Apocalypse, complete with metaphorical battles and biblical references that may leave some scratching their heads. This isn’t a bad thing, at least for this viewer. I appreciated the patience Singer and Kinberg are requesting of their audience this time around. Some character arcs are set in motion very early on, and we wait almost the entire film to truly feel the impact, which is rare in these types of films.

The character Apocalypse, starts off somewhat corny. I was concerned to say the least, but he grew on me as the film continued, and what narrative flaws his character presented had little impact on my enjoyment of the story.

It also features what is perhaps the most action-heavy climax in Singer’s X-Men films, and the technical precision on display is a marvel to behold. That’s easy to take for granted nowadays, especially in a market so filled with superheroes. But gratefully, X-Men: Apocalypse retains the series’ most important element: humanity.

(See the above video review for a more in-depth discussion)

Grade: A-

Directed by: Bryan Singer

Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Lucas Till, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, Josh Helman, Lana Condor, Ben Hardy

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence, action and destruction, brief strong language and some suggestive images

Run Time: 144 min

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