Film Review: X-Men: Apocalypse
Bryan Singer speaks about X-Men: Apocalypse

"X-Men: Apocalypse", Superhero Never Gonna Die


A decade ago X-Men: Apocalipsis it had been one of the most anticipated releases of the year, but in a 2016 full of superhero movies, productions as early as Batman vs Superman or Captain America: Civil War, the latest adventure of "X-Men: Apocalipsis full movie" mutants Marvel (and Fox) was blighted . It did not help that the first images and trailers were not well received by fans-the comics appearance of Revelation, the main villain of the story, simply unconvinced, and was compared several times with Ivan Ooze, the villain movie Power Rangers 90s.

Although no trailer convince me, I went to see "X-Men: Apocalipsis" With a cautiously optimistic attitude. He had faith both director Bryan Singer (X2, X-Men: Days of Future Past) and the great cast (Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, and especially Oscar Isaac, hardly offer poor performances), but he knew the screenwriter Simon Kinberg was also responsible for the history of nefarious reboot of the Fantastic Four. Entering the theater, I did not really know what to expect from this film.

The good news is that "X-Men: Apocalipsis" Is not terrible. It is definitely superior to the most disappointing deliveries, X-Men 3 and X-Men saga Origins: Wolverine. But the bad news is that the worst film directed by Bryan Singer and generally disappointing, especially compared Lauren Shuler Donner to other films of superheroes who have been released this year as Deadpool (also from Fox, and belonging to the same James McAvoy universe) and Captain America: Civil War.

At the beginning of the film, a prologue takes us to ancient Egypt. In it, we see Revelation (Oscar Isaac), the first and most powerful mutant, transferring his consciousness to a younger and more vitality body, a process that is interrupted by a group of traitors who end up killing all the mutants bodyguard powerful being . However, the transfer achieves complete ... but Revelation is unconscious and trapped under the ruins of the ancient pyramid.

Centuries later, in the 1980s, a group of fans discover the ruins of the pyramid and manage to revive Revelation. Aware that the Earth is being ruled by humans and not by mutants, plans to gather his Four Horsemen (Storm, played by Alexandra Shipp, Magneto, played by Michael Fassbender, Angel, played by Ben Hardy, and Psylocke, played by Olivia Munn ) to untie the end of the world and invite the mutant survivors to their new kingdom. Meanwhile, the CIA agent Moira MacTaggart (Rose Byrne) is witnessing the reappearance of Revelation and, together with Professor X (James McAvoy), plans to stop the powerful mutant. However, Xavier is kidnapped by Apocalypse and X-Mansion is destroyed. Only the remaining mutants, Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) will be able to rescue his friends and defeat Apocalypse.

The main problemX-Men: Apocalipsis It is that it gives too much emphasis to some characters, leaving aside potentially interesting mutants. I understand that having such a large group of players can be problematic for the script, but the lack of characterization Angel (who is treated as badly as in X-Men 3) and personality almost no Psylocke (who, apparently, clothing loses when becoming one of the Horsemen) simply no excuse. With X-Men and X-Men 2, Singer proved he had the ability to balance fine a big deal, so the planes and unclear motivations "X-Men: Apocalipsis" Characters turned out to be a disappointing surprise.

Which brings me to the title character. As Revelation, Oscar Isaac does what he can. I believe that the Guatemalan actor one of the best of his generation, charismatic and extremely talented. And it is precisely because of this talent that Revelation does Michael Fassbender not become one of the worst villains in the history of comic book movies -because for as it is written, it could have very well be. Character motivations are far from clear-simply wants to destroy the world, in the style of an antagonist Power Rangers-, and dialogue you have with the other characters is terrible; She filled with clich├ęs and totally predictable. If Revelation works (and only to some extent) it is because Isaac tries to give some dimension, but unfortunately the man can not do miracles and turn it into something marginally interesting.

The rest of the cast is acceptable, mostly. Michael Fassbender could give a great performance up asleep ... His Magneto is magnetic, thanks to the intensity that gives its most dramatic (like the tragedy in the forest) scenes. There is simply no one better than Fassbender to convey emotions like sadness, frustration or hatred. As Xavier, James McAvoy is charismatic and funny, growing up looking more like Patrick Stewart is both appearance and mannerisms.

Evan Peters highlights as Quicksilver (as in Days of Future Past, starring the best scene of the film); Tye Sheridan manages to develop Cyclops better than James Marsden in the original trilogy; Alexandra Shipp plays the only rider with some personality; Olivia Munn could have been replaced by a digital character and no one had noticed, and Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique has more prominence than in previous films. Clearly, Fox has realized that the actress is more "pull" of the film lamentably, this benefits neither history, nor the development of the character. Finally, the Jean Grey of Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) is a great disappointment His interpretation lacks the intensity and force Famke Janssen managed to give the character in earlier films.

Something that caught my attentionX-Men: Apocalipsis (And to some extent also was evident in X-Men: First Class) it is that many of the visual effects are incomplete. True, the scene is spectacular Quicksilver (visually impressive and very funny) but the rest of the film has an unpolished look, like something from early last decade. Consider a scene in which Xavier, Apocalypse and other characters are on the top of a mountain with a view of Egypt. The stones appear to be made of cardboard (perhaps for the production design, or perhaps because of how they are lit) and chroma effect used for the background landscape is completely false. Having seen epic fights in Batman vs. Superman, or a battle that takes place in an airport 100% digital (and realistic) with a Spider-man also 100% digital (and realistic), see a millionaire blockbuster special effects so mediocre it is simply inexcusable.

X-Men: Apocalipsis It is not the mess that many would have us believe: it is entertaining, has correct performances, runs a good pace and has a couple of action scenes well achieved. However, it never gets to surpass the best installments of the series (or its main competitors premiered this year); the script is too loose and direction of Singer is not strong enough to make a big impression. Perhaps it is time to replace Singer as both Kinberg; the first, after having directed four films X-Men, is no longer able to give too much originality to the franchise, while the second has been demonstrated between the Fantastic Four and this film, which is not a good writer for tapes Super heroes. The X-Men need new genes.


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