Review: X-Men Apocalypse (X-Men Prequels #3)
Series: X-Men Prequels #3
Released by 20th Century Fox on 19 May 2016
Length: 2h 24m
Source: Seen in cinema
Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac, Rose Byrne, Evan Peters, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Lucas Till, Kodi Smith-McPhee, Ben Hardy, Alexandra Shipp, Lana Condor.
With the emergence of the world's first mutant, Apocalypse, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan.
On the 18th of May (my birthday, yay) I went to an X-Men marathon (First Class, Days of Future Past and then Apocalypse). I’d been excited about this new movie for a while now, especially after my friend (who had seen it already) had told me some things about the movie. Apocalypse takes place ten years after the events of Days of Future Past, after Erik dropped a football stadium on the lawn of the White House after Raven became a Mutant hero for saving the President’s life. Charles Xavier’s school for the gifted is running smoothly. There are lots of students, and there are more coming in every time. But something has awoken in the heart of Cairo, and soon the mutants realise the world is in deep trouble.
I was very happy to see the old cast returning, with some great new additions as well. My favourite was seeing more of Evan Peters’ Quicksilver because that is my all time favourite character and honestly his scene in this movie was the. best. ever. From the new additions, I think I liked Sophie Turner as Jean, Tye Sheridan as Scott and Kid Smith-McPhee as Nightcrawler the best. Their friendship was just so great, and they put down these characters – that we all knew from the older movies already – so well. I also really enjoyed Oscar Isaac as the new villain En Sabah Nur also known as Apocalypse. View Spoiler »I also hate him for hurting my favourite, DAMN YOU OSCAR! « Hide Spoiler Yes, I can honestly say the new cast members were chosen so well and I honestly hope we’ll get to see them more often!
Being two-and-a-half hours long, a lot happened in this movie, and we went to a lot of places. From Egypt to Poland to Germany to America; but honestly, this was a lot less annoying and confusing than it was in Civil War (though I have to admit, I was more annoyed by those big ass location titles than the movie being all over the world, to be honest). And I am also very happy that there were subtitles for all the foreign languages because every time I watched the older movies there were no subtitles for any of the foreign languages. So thank you cinema for finally letting me know what they were saying in these scenes!
The plot was super interesting and kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end, though there were some minor things that I didn’t really like about this movie, but they didn’t ruin the movie for me that much, to be honest. Other than that I really enjoyed this movie so much, and I will definitely go and see it again! View Spoiler »My favourite part? JEAN GREY DEFEATING APOCALYPSE HOLY SHIT THAT WAS SO COOL AND A REFERENCE TO HER BEING THE (DARK) PHOENIX AND AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH « Hide Spoiler
Haven’t seen any of the X-Men movies yet, but you want to see this one? You don’t necessarily have to have seen all previous eight X-Men movies, but watching First Class and Days of Future Past is probably a good idea. If you do end up liking these three movies, I definitely recommend you watch the older movies as well, because they are pretty cool as well (and don’t pay attention to everyone saying The Last Stand sucked, form your own opinion!)
In the end, I think I can say X-Men: Apocalypse belongs on my list of best superhero movies of all time, perhaps even in the top five.
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