Vic's Flick Picks
(3 1/2 Popcorn boxes)
The only thing dragging down X-Men: Apocalypse was Apocalypse. There, I said it. Apocalypse was boring – not scary – and I didn’t believe for a second that the awesomeness and smooth evil of Magneto would become a lackey for him. Otherwise, this installment of X-Men was pretty cool.
Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) has returned to the world after his betrayal and subsequent burial/stasis in ancient Egypt in 2,000 B.C. (give or take a few millennia). We are now in the 1980s. I love the 80s!
This means we get to meet some of the beloved and better known mutants as youngsters or teenagers…Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Scott Summers (Tye Sheridan), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and others. But returning along with Professor Xavier (James McAvoy) are Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Quicksilver (Evan Peters) and Beast (Nicholas Hoult).
Mystique rallies the young X-Men to thwart Apocalypse, and of course that puts them in harms way.
I loved the scenes with Quicksilver (I have been a fan of Peters for a while now). He brings the levity and comic relief that is necessary for this epic film with massive explosions and mutant battles. I try (successfully so far) to ignore the Peter Maximoff in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The focus on Jean Grey, however, was just as annoying in this film as it was in X-Men: The Last Stand. Her angst and self-doubt was not heart-wrenching, it was boring. Mystique is more interesting just standing there.
X-Men: Apocalypse has great action shots and computer generated images. Highlights include Cyclops destroying Professor Xavier’s favorite tree, Quicksilver throwing students away from an explosion, Magneto extracting revenge on some hapless policemen trying to arrest him…the list goes on, but I think you get the idea.
Don’t listen to the critics that tell you there are too many characters…that is just the way it is in the X-Men universe. Lots of mutants means you can collect lots of X-Men cards….it’s a symbiotic circle. And am I the only one that forgot Havok and Cyclops are brothers? Boy, do I feel stupid.
Three and a half boxes for X-Men: Apocalypse. McAvoy or Stewart…the timelines can be confusing, but they are still fascinating. Lawrence, Fassbender, McAvoy, Hoult𠉪ll amazing in totally occupying their character. Now if we can only get better villains!
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Evan Peters appears in this excellent 2010 superhero flick starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who, ironically, appears as Quicksilver in Age of Ultron.
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I do love Russell Crowe. One of my favorites is this 2007 remake of a Glenn Ford western. 3:10 to Yuma.
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