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SH S1E25: X-Men Apocalypse Review

SH S1E25: X-Men Apocalypse Review
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We start off with some current events including the official title of the upcoming DC Comics Justice League film, casting news for Pacific Rim 2, some bits about the new Warcraft film hitting theaters this weekend, and then we hit our main event, reviewing X-Men: Apocalypse. For those who haven’t seen the film, there are spoilers abound. We talk about the overall style, plot, characters, and casting for the third film in the new X-Men trilogy. We discuss which characters were the most underutilized and maybe one that is being overdone. We don’t pull any punches and end the episode with individual letter grades for the film.

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X-Men: Apocalypse Review Podcast Credits

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Derreck Mayer
Rachel Stewart
Ryan Couture

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Ian Turner

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Derreck Mayer

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Derreck Mayer

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Michael Wallace (Flying Killer Robots)

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SH S1E25: X-Men Apocalypse Review

X-Men: Apocalypse – A Spoiler Free Review

Friday saw the release of Fox’s newest addition to the X-Men world: X-Men: Apocalypse starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence.  Estimated to pull in $65 million this weekend, it undoubtedly was the number one movie.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean it was a good one. Now, I’m a cynical person and the X-Men have always been near and dear to me, so I am biased about their films. I admit that.  I also admit that if it were up to me, I’d redo every single X-Men film that’s been released so far.  Why is that? Well, it’s a story for another day.  For now, I’ll go through the good and the bad of X-Men Apocalypse avoiding spoilers.

X-Men: Apocalypse – The Good

X-Men: Apocalypse continues to stun with its superb casting.  Sophie Turner, who plays young Jean Grey, manages to stand out and hold her own among a star-studded group.  Her portrayal of Jean Grey was, overall, much better than Famke Janssen’s as she was able to be confident and strong while fighting the overwhelming immense powers she has, where as Janssen’s portrayal came off skittish and frightened. While completely under utilized, both Olivia Munn and Alexandra Shipp did incredibly well as Psylocke and Storm, respectively. Mystique shined. Saying goodbye to Jennifer Lawrence will be very difficult after this. She turned a very forgettable character from the original trilogy into the unexpected hero of the new franchise.

X-Men: Apocalypse New Mutants

The special effects throw me off because at times they were brilliant, and others, they were lackluster and disappointing. The follow up to the now infamous Quicksilver scene from X-Men: Days of Future Past was a prime example. When it began it was unbelievable, beautifully directed even if his powers were exaggerated, but by the time it was over, the special effects look sloppy.  Angel had a fantastic scene where his metal wings were implanted and Nightcrawler’s powers were identical to those in X2: X-Men United.

X-Men: Apocalypse – The Bad

I have to admit, ultimately, I was pretty bored throughout the whole movie. It’s been a long time since I was that disinterested.  The movie just never hooked me.  It began in an elaborate scene that held no interest for me considering I was pretty unaware of most of the characters. I think the mystery of Apocalypse in the comics was part of his appeal, but with his whole background laid out in the movie and his grossly over-powered mutant abilities ruined a lot of my investment in the film.  When you name your film after a character, I expect that character to be amazing.

X-Men: Apocalypse with Storm and Psylocke

Also, can we please decide if Magneto is a bad guy or a good guy? I know he flips sometimes, but never multiple times in the same story. I prefer the later comic stories where he attempts to do the right thing by the wrong methods.  I completely understand they want the juxtaposition of Professor X and Magneto, but if they wanted it that much, they wouldn’t be so focused on their impossible friendship.  It’s unnecessary drama.

Lastly, once again, a female character gets almost completely cut from the film. Poor Jubilee; at least she had a fantastic line defending Empire Strikes Back.

X-Men: Apocalypse Michael Fassbender

Overall

This movie definitely didn’t live up to the last two, which they ironically tried to joke about, funny enough. It is, however, a great jumping off point for Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, and Alexandra Shipp to take over the series. The costuming was impressive but confusing. While the street clothes definitely conveyed the 80’s, the uniforms looked more sophisticated than the “future” films with the original cast. Unfortunately, there’s too many inconsistencies with the X-Men timeline for me to think too much on it.

I give it a 3\5 saucers.

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As with all movies, I suggest you go watch it on your own. I’m sure you’ll disagree with me.

Check out a detailed rating below and if you’ve seen it, let’s us know your thoughts in the comments below!

X-Men: Apocalypse – A Spoiler Free Review

First Look at X-Men: Apocalypse

This week, I’m breaking down quite a few of the pictures from another major 2016 film, X-Men: Apocalypse.  And, just like Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, I have mixed feelings.  I want to be clear that I have not read the accompanying article to some of these photos because I’m attempting to avoid spoilers, so all my picture breakdowns are based on the photos alone.

X-Men Apocalypse EW CoverThis is an absolutely epic photo, but unfortunately, it doesn’t tell us anything about the story. Who is on whose side? Where are the allegiances? We’ve got two new characters and one we’re very familiar with (how you doing, Mr. Fassbender?). While Apocalypse is mostly covered, it’s easy to see the extreme detail that has gone into Psylocke and Magneto’s costumes. While I’m still not sold on Olivia Munn (I haven’t watched The Newsroom yet, back off), at least she’ll be dressed well.

X-Men Apocalypse new cast

Here’s a very brief introduction of some of the new faces to the game. Sophie Turner, our new Jean Grey, Lana Condor, the incredibly accurate Jubilee, and Tye Sheridan, young Cyclops, are pretty picture perfect. The photos may not give much away about them; they definitely don’t disappoint.

X-Men Apocalypse cerebroThis one assembles an odd assortment of mutants, if you’ve been following the movies up to this point. From left to right is Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert (I guess this means her memory is back?), James McAvoy as Professor X, Lucas Till as Havok, and Nicholas Hoult as Beast all surrounding Cerebro. I have so many questions. Why are they in there?  Why are those particular mutants in there? Are Professor X and Mystique working together again?

X-Men Apocalypse Nightcrawler

Kodi Smit-McPhee is looking perfectly stoic as our favorite teleporter. We can see that he’s already started to tattoo himself in penance even as a young boy (a ritual introduced in X2: X-Men United). The blue hair streaks is a little sophomoric, so I hope the elf’s acting can overcome. Now all I wonder is exactly how Singer plans to keep him away from certain X-Men so that the events in X2 tie in properly.

X-Men Apocalypse Magneto

Look at that gloriously disheveled man. How handsome is he? I’d like to grab his cute little face and –
Oh. Yeah. Article.
Magneto once again seems to be in a difficult situation. He’s presented here looking worn and tired, possibly on the run from someone or something. In the background, a blurred figure stands. He appears to be shirtless and wearing some sort of helmet.  Is he a prisoner? Or an attacker?

X-Men Apocalypse Mystique and Quicksilver

 

Confusing stare down between Mystique and Quicksilver, and when I say that, I mean they look really confused to be around each other. Maybe this is one of those cheesy moments where Professor X tells them they’re working together right after they’ve had a fight and the whole audience is waiting eagerly to see ALL the shenanigans. It’s very nice to see Singer getting some use out of the Mockingjay armor. Why bother creating new costumes when other movies have done it better?

X-Men Apocalypse, Storm, and Psylocke

Here’s the moment I’ve been waiting to show. Look at all that purple. It’s like the X-Men team that Prince built. I have so many thoughts…let’s begin:
Storm – absolutely amazing.  She’s rocking the mohawk, one of the character’s most classic looks, and her costume has a mix of the punk/goddess themes she’s tried. Honestly, I’m not entirely sure that her costume has any actual purple to it. She may just be reflecting off of Ivan Ooze over there.
Psylocke – again, not entirely sure how I feel about Olivia Munn as Psylocke. Knowing her background, she’ll have complete reverence for the character and do her best in the role, but it’s also fairly difficult for me to see the woman who hosted Attack of the Show in a serious superhero role. Her costume is absolutely killer. Also, not purple! The wardrobe team has taken the classic Psylocke look and transformed it into movie worthy.
Apocalypse – what?  What is he wearing? Why is he so ridiculous? Why so much purple?  I cannot believe they looked at all the designs of Apocalypse (there’s really only one) and said, “Nah. I’ve got something better.” Well, you don’t. Cosplayers can do it; why can’t you?

X-Men Apocalypse cosplay comparison

 

 

At least there’s hope for Angel.  Check out that concept art.

X-Men Apocalypse Angel

What are your first thoughts on these early looks at X-Men: Apocalypse? Do you like what we’ve seen so far? Any complaints? Comment below!

First Look at X-Men: Apocalypse