X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (2016) Review
Directed by Bryan Singer
A sort of an ending to another trilogy, X-Men: Apocalypse is the biggest among the three (First Class, Days of Future Past). Director Bryan Singer seems to want to top whatever he (and Matthew Vaughn in First Class) had done in the two X-Men movies that came before it including the crowd favorite Quicksilver scene. And while that intention may be good to hear, but he got a little too excited and the end product is disappointing.
X-Men: Apocalypse is a grand visual spectacle that introduces familiar members to the superhero group we all love. Might not be the best among the franchise, but the film has enough visual elements you would want from a superhero movie. And while that may sound great, the story will always be the reason we watch a movie and Apocalypse is disappointing in that aspect.
The build up of the story is very slow paced that you kind of feel like nothing is happening, that the story isn’t moving for more than an hour. And then its climax arrives, bigger than any of the X-Men film’s climax has ever done. Not having that much to bring for its suspenseful culmination of the film. It’s a popcorn flick, one that boasts visual effects and action sequences enough for a superhero movie but it won’t satisfy you emotionally.
While you could see a lot of things happening visually, its emotional journey is thin that most of it is flashback from X-Men: First Class. That’s where the film loses, it’s incapable of engaging its audience through the story of the characters which by the way are plenty. X-Men will always be one of those superhero movies that will make noise and be at the top of the box-office as it opens but let’s just hope that the treatment in X-Men: Apocalypse will not be how the sequels will be.
3 OUT OF 5 STARS
“X-Men: Apocalypse” is now showing in Philippine cinemas natiownide from 20th Century Fox, locally distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Also available in 3D, Dolby Atmos, 4D and IMAX 3D. Rated PG (Parental Guidance) by the MTRCB.
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