Even Magneto, who by the end of the film is guilty of global destruction on an unprecedented scale, just walks off happy when it’s all finished. I don’t believe anybody sets out to make a mediocre film.
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The following post contains many spoilers for X-Men: Apocalypse and other X-Men movies. Bryan Singer’s fourth installation in the cinematic X-Men Universe, which he started sixteen years ago with X-Men (2000), brings to an end the prequel trilogy ( X-Men: First Class (2011), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and now X-Men: Apocalypse (2016). Normally when critics eviscerate a movie as universally and thoroughly as they did this one (it’s the lowest rated X-Men movie listed on Rotten Tomatoes ) I wouldn’t bother seeing it.
The three actors rarely share the screen as a trio. Instead, McAvoy’s Xavier is written as a smarmy, romantic lead, complete with dopey sidekick Alex Summers (Lucas Till). It’s unclear what kind of dark magic Till has tapped into to make it to his third X-Men movie, but it’s clearly very powerful.
Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.
I see the critics have been moaning about having too many characters in the film, yet I actually think it was handled better than it was in the Captain America: Civil War film. In Apocalypse the large cast do actually have something to do and contribute to the story, whereas the Captain America film felt like some were shoe horned in, which I felt made that film feel bloated and repetitive whereas this one at least get the storyline moving. I felt that Civil War felt way too long because of all the story padding yet Apocalypse, whilst also a long film, kept my interest to the end (and yes there is a post credits scene that I suspect is setting up Wolverine 3). I should also add that Apocalypse, despite it’s bleak story, does have some moments of humour and wit that went down well with the audience.
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It’s 3,600 B.C. In the Nile valley, a god-man of sorts commands the worship of the masses. (He’s actually a really powerful mutant, but his supplicants haven’t read enough comic books to figure that out.) They’re gathered for a ritual that occurs every lifetime or so, one that involves transferring his mutant-powered consciousness from an aging body to a more youthful model. But when a band of resistance fighters disrupts the process, well, the god-man’s transferal to a new body will just have to wait. And wait. And wait.
He is awakened from his 5,600-year nap by followers in 1983. He then has to gather new followers, and we have a chance to catch up with all of our favorite mutants’ lives in the 1980s. Deadpool 2 star Zazie Beetz says she auditioned to play young Storm in X-Men: Apocalypse before the role ultimately went to Alexandra Shipp.
In the film X-Men: Apocalypse , his powers are portrayed slightly differently. Like most so-called “Class 5 Mutants,” Apocalypse is near- godlike in his abilities and their applications. Among his more aggressive powers is the apparent ability to create objects (including enormous buildings and structures but also clothing, weapons, armor, etc.) from dust within seconds and also to turn objects into dust, also within seconds. Another of his major powers is his ability to augment the powers of other mutants, a power he uses very selectively and chiefly as a means to recruit co-conspirators for his plans for world domination The mutants whose powers he augments are sometimes taken with him as apprentices and eventual acolytes , and are treated as his children; however, even in such a role, a given mutant might suddenly be deemed unfit by Apocalypse and ejected from his confidence, at any time.
Which would probably be okay were “X-Men: Apocalypse” not a soggy mess. This ninth X-Men movie doesn’t have the hostile-to-fun attitude of “Batman v Superman” as much as an exhausted, forced “Again with the mutants?” feel. X-Men: Dark Phoenix contains the Fox films’ biggest plot hole to date – one so big that it actually breaks X-Men: Apocalypse.
And then there’s the fridging —the killing off of female characters as a plot device, reducing their roles so they’re just mile-markers along the male hero’s journey. In Apocalypse, Magneto is seen living a quiet, humble life in Poland with a new wife and daughter. When coworkers discover his powers, the police get involved and accidentally kill his family in the process. So now Magneto, hell-bent once again on establishing mutant rule, has enough reason to join Apocalypse in his plan to obliterate the human race. Okay, sure. While a similar backstory for Magneto takes place in the comics, superhero movies divert from comics canon all the time—surely writers could’ve come up with a better motivation for Magneto to ally himself with Apocalypse than increasing the family death count in his tragic backstory. Say it with me, gang: No more women in refrigerators.
That said, Apocalypse works on such a broad canvas, arguably even grander than Days Of Future Past’s, that the individual performances aren’t as potent as one might expect from such an impressive ensemble. Fassbender, who takes the role played by Ian McKellen in the original trilogy, continues to be the new series’ standout, playing Magneto as a profoundly sensitive man who has turned evil in reaction to the cruelty he has experienced. (More heartbreak awaits him in Apocalypse, and Fassbender makes the pain ache.) But Lawrence remains oddly muted as Mystique, a mutant we’re meant to recognize is a natural born leader, except that the Oscar-winning actress isn’t particularly compelling in the role.
While their efforts are ultimately geared towards building a mutant civilization than destroying a human one, Apocalypse’s presence serves as a stark reminder of just how much power is sitting on the shores on Krakoa. Fassbender is more than pulling his weight here, but Apocalypse isn’t a Magneto spinoff film — it’s structured around Isaac’s unfortunate title character.
Three sisters (Prue, Piper and Phoebe) reunite and unlock their powers to become the Charmed Ones, the most powerful good witches of all time, whose prophesied destiny is to protect innocent lives from evil beings such as demons and warlocks. Each sister possesses unique magical powers that grow and evolve, while they attempt to maintain normal lives in modern day San Francisco.
How bad is the final fight? The Four Horsemen are barely utilized in it (and if anyone can tell me why in this movie Apocalypse even needs Four Horsemen – or even just why he needs Angel, specifically – I’m all ears). There’s no sense of geography. The final battle is just everybody pouring energy powers on a CGI Oscar Isaac. A character who can fly is killed in a plane crash. Mystique spends half the fight leaning against a wall, watching. It’s paced like an assembly edit, as if Singer thought someone else was going to come in and trim it down into something thrilling and fun. None of the FX have any weight, so characters just float around the screen like they’re in a video game where the gravity has been turned off. And the film’s stakes are so broadly cartoonish that they have no meaning, rendering the whole battle kinda perfunctory.
Ten years ago, the magus Kiritsugu Emiya saved one lone survivor of a great disaster. As he cried in happiness, he proclaimed that by saving him, he had saved himself. The boy swore then that he would become a hero who lived to save others. Five years after the death of his foster father, Shirō Emiya finds himself drawn into a battle to the death between seven magi called Masters, where each commands the spirit of a hero of legend called a Servant in pursuit of having one wish granted by the legendary Holy Grail. In this battle, Shirō will finally have the chance to face the ghosts of his past, and to find his path to face his dreams and his future. Through the power of the Holy Grail, his wish will finally come true, for a hero of justice must have an evil to defeat.
Longevity: This ability makes En Sabah Nur immortal, as once his body ages and grows weak, he is able to move into a younger and more powerful body. However, he gained a nigh-instant healing ability, which has kept him alive & sustained for centuries.
X-Men is one of the most innovative superhero franchises, despite their flaws. Here’s how X-Men made superhero movies better and influenced the MCU. Accelerated Perception: En Sabah Nur can amplify his vision to track even a super speeding object like Quicksilver and counterattack.
The writers had to give Magneto something to do and a reason for doing it, but instead of thinking up something new or different. They basically give Magneto the same thing to do as in X-Men: First Class. He’s again a Holocaust survivor whose family is killed and he goes off on a kind of revenge, which makes him want to destroy all of humanity. Instead of his parents, this time Magneto is given a wife and child to lose, so he’s doing the same thing all over again. Yet, it’s supposed to be more of an impact because this time it’s a child that dies, but instead it’s boring because the beat is just a carbon copy. Magneto’s reaction immediately after and then later in the film makes him seem stupid because he questions nothing that happens.
Regardless, the fact that X-Men: Apocalypse failed to live up to expectations is a setback that the creative team — including screenwriter and producer, Simon Kinberg — may be forced to address going forward, perhaps even to the point that it may require a refresh of the series’ future plans. With all that had been set up throughout X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past, the main cast of this specific trilogy very well may never be assembled in a single film again and deserved a far better send-off than what Singer’s film had to offer.
I know that sounds a little extreme. I don’t believe anybody sets out to make a mediocre film. But it’s hard to even parse out a version of Apocalypse that could have been good, and just got a little lost along the way. X-Men: Apocalypse is lazy in some truly fundamental ways, and while I have no doubt it will continue to do okay at the box office, this make-it-up-as-you-go approach just isn’t working. It’s not that Fox needs to copy Marvel — in fact, movies would be better if everybody stopped trying to bite what Kevin Feige and company are doing — but if a franchise is going to attempt serialized storytelling over hours and hours the way these last three X-Men films have, there better be some point and dramatic build. Otherwise there’s no reason to follow along, other than to see the origin story of everybody’s hairstyles.
As someone who was born in the 80s and experienced these characters’ evolution through popular culture onto the big screen, I can say that X-Men: Apocalypse brings the flavor of the comics and the 90s TV show to the big screen in a way that children of the 80s and 90s love.
when I heard Bryan Singer was going to direct this movie I was hoping an praying he was gonna do good job, after making a pigs ear of the first two x-men movies. Clearly he still hasn’t learnt his lesson, This movie was crap, I JUST SPENT £25 at the cinema and it was a waste man!! We have now had six x-men movies out and still no bloody good story line, still no full x-men team, (which should be, Professor x, Cyclops, Storm, Wolverine, Rouge, Gambit, Beast, and sweet little Jubilee) there’s not enough action through out the movie, and this one really gets on my tits, NO DAM COSTUMES! I don’t get it, all the other characters in the marvel movies has there original costumes! but in x-men there are dressed in black and look like bikers.
Moira: Yes and no. They believe that he had the ability to transfer his consciousness from body to body and whenever he was close to death, he would just take on a new body. Some of these made with the bodies of mutants, enabling him to take their powers amassing various abilities over the years.