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X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

I think I have made it abundantly clear how much I love superheroes. What you probably don’t know is that X-Men is my first love. I remember owning the video of the 90s series and watching it every chance I got (it was literally a flip between that or Thundercats).

I have loved every X-Men film to date (with the exception of Wolverine Origins which fucked up the timeline, or at least the proposed timeline of the three films) and have watched them all multiple times.

When Apocalypse was first promised to the fans, I was excited. Apocalypse is an interesting story arch the comics played with – the prospect of an all-powerful mutant wanting to take over the world as a supreme ruler.

So for my quickie review, I would say that coming out of the cinema I was thrilled. However, as I write this review a few weeks have passed. Whilst I enjoyed the film at the time, I can’t help but feel let down. So, for those who have been living under a rock the last two months, my advice is to go see the film, especially if you love the X-Men.

Now for the spoilers.

One of the trends with the new generation of X-Men films is that a significant amount of time has passed between each. Whilst First Class was set in the 60s, Days of Future Past in the 70s,Apocalypse takes place in the 80s. I don’t fully comprehend why they’ve decided to make the timeline span 20-odd years, especially as the characters appear ageless.

Now I’ll be straight with you; I don’t really remember the film. I remember enjoying it, I remember being slightly annoyed that Jubilee’s role appeared to be significantly cut back and left to a few interactions with the young Nightcrawler, Cyclops, and Jean Grey. I remember being slightly annoyed that the ‘it’s you’ Kurt uttered at seeing Raven was not because he realised she was his Mum and the completely random confession that Magneto is Quicksilver’s father (I guess they wanted to throw that one out now that the other Quicksilver is irrelevant).

I enjoyed the Quicksilver running scene, the Wolverine appearance (even if it was followed by a really creepy Logan staring at the young Jean to remind us that Logan had a connection to her from the moment they met), the homage to Pheonix, and the reference to the fact the Alex is Scott’s ‘older’ brother (even though we all know that canonically, Alex is the youngest).

Whilst I really could go on and on about aspect that I enjoyed and hated about the film, the point still stands; I don’t really remember what happened. As much as I can proclaim to have loved the film, to have loved Sophia Turner’s performance as Jean Grey (which I was actually worried about after the trailers)… The actual storyline is completely and utterly forgettable. So yes, by all means watch the film if you love the X-Men franchise, but don’t expect anything jaw-droppingly beautiful.

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