Monday, May 9, 2016

X-Men: Apocalypse Movie Review

Jennifer Lawrence (l) & James McAvoy star in X-Men: Apocalypse

(Not So) Sweet Dreams

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: 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.

"Well, at least we can agree... the third one's always the worst." X-Men: Apocalypse opens with a bang (Apocalypse's intro = awesome) before mutating into an overcrowded, overlong superhero borefest. Leads Fassbender, Lawrence & McAvoy appear totally disinterested, and who can blame them? Singer's story sucks: It's confusing (even to a Marvel junkie like myself) and spins in circles, jumping back & forth between countless new (and old) characters... some of whom, barely get to speak (Olivia Munn, Alexandra Shipp.) This used to be my favorite comic book franchise; but Singer managed to ruin it in 144 minutes. Thanks for nothing.

Grade: C-