For the most part, I really like the "X-Men" series. The only installment that I am not a fan of was "X-Men Origins: Wolverine". That being said, I was really excited for this entry, but was disappointed when it began to receive bad reviews. Fortunately, despite the fact that the film was not as good as previous entries, it was not as bad as most of the reviews say.
En Sabah Nur is one of my favorite X-Men villains, and Oscar Isaac is one of my favorite actors, so it seemed likely that I would love the movie. It did seem, however, that instead of giving Apocalypse his rightful power and mightiness, they instead turned him into a Thanos-like rip-off. That's not really a big deal, but it is a bit disappointing.
Some of the new additions to the film were really great, however some were underwhelming. Storm, Nightcrawler, and Cyclops were all great. I loved the humor presented by situations with Nightcrawler and Cyclops. Psylocke, one of the reasons that I was very excited about this movie, was extremely disappointing. Her character was pushed to the back burner to give some of the other characters more screen time, however she is a really great character that could have been more of a challenge.
The writing of the film is okay. It's more formulaic than most of the other entries in the series, however that seems to be the fate of superhero films now. The film did retain the societal messages of past entries which make the series what it is. The Quicksilver scene in this film was amazing, even more funny than that in "Days of Future Past". There were also some parts of the writing, however, that felt very unnatural, that just seemed pushed in to set up for the next film.
The special effects of the film were for the most part pretty good. The special effects for the mutants' powers looked nice, especially those of Storm and Quicksilver. The special effects of the introduction that is set in Ancient Egypt, however, looked horrible. It looked as if those were the last completed special effects, and they had to rush to get the film done.
So overall, "X-Men: Apocalypse" is a really good time at the movies. It isn't as good as some other entries, however it is also better than most movies that are out now. Fans of the series should check this one out as soon as they can.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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