Kyle J. Steenblik

X-Men: Apocalypse is Not The End of The Mutant World

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xmenapocalypseX-Men: Apocalypse
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Screenplay by: Simon Kinberg
Story by: Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris
Based on X-Men by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Lucas Till
Running time 144 minutes
Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, action and destruction, brief strong language and some suggestive images

3 1/2 stars out of 5Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped 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, 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 with the help of Professor X must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction. Courtesy 20th Century Fox

X-Men: Apocalypse has the semi-rebooted X-Men franchise running full speed, the only problem is they are running full speed on a treadmill and the series does not appear to be progressing. While Apocalypse was entertaining, and even enjoyable, the fact that I know we have seen this same formula used multiple times within the same franchise sucked a substantial amount of satisfaction from what should have been a very satisfying film. The end result was the apocalyptic threat to humanity did not feel very apocalyptic, or very threatening, and each action beat arrived on queue with virtually no surprises. With the incredible amount of talent in this cast, there is no reason this film should not be gripping and exciting. It is difficult to feel excited watching some of your favorite characters in action when that action has been replayed numerous times. I don’t know how many more times they can run through the same formula of disbanding the team, rebuilding the team when an almost insurmountable threat emerges, watching Magneto switch sides, and unstable Mutant come to terms with their own powers, beating unimaginable odds and ending with a new team of X-Men. How many origin films does one series need? Apocalypse could have easily been the first film of a series rather than the sixth.

I do believe that if this had been the second or third film of the series I had seen I would have been much more pleased with the outcome. Although I still may have been confused by the incongruous timelines, we now have in this film franchise, but I could just write that off to time travel and timelines being rewritten or alternate universes. Those are leaps that are easy to take with this reality, and yet the rewiring, rebooting, and rehashing have become played out. I will happily sit down and watch this film again, as I have with all of them, out of love for the characters who are portrayed in spectacular fashion by the most talented cast of X-Men we have seen thus far.  And just like in Days of Future Past, Quicksilver steals the entire show, in a single scene, forcing me to ask, when are we going to get a stand alone Quicksilver film.

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