RAMZY REVIEWS: "X-Men: Apocalypse"

Since 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.

"X-Men: Apocalypse", the third installment to the quasi-rebooted and reimagined X-Men franchise, sadly falls into the very meta trope of "everyone knows the third one is always the worse". I have another review coming up for a movie that pretty much shares the same tragic fate as this one does. You'll find out what it is soon enough (hint: It starts with "War", and ends with "craft". Hope that's not too vague...). Anyway, that fate being that it really had a lot of potential to be a great movie, but ultimately ends up being a convoluted, well...mess. It starts off pretty well, actually! It was pretty intense and surprisingly brutal (which I liked) but just didn't keep the ball rolling, unfortunately. Instead it kinda slowed its trajectory waaay down and spent too long on getting the teams together, among other things...*cough* the Quicksilver scene *cough*.

Now moving on to a quick breakdown of the cast and their characters! I kinda don't like how this is still kinda geared towards Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique being the focal-point of the story. Not entirely, but the spotlight is focused on her just a bit too much leaving the others a bit behind. The new members of the team (Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Nightcrawler) were actually quite decent and made a very convincing and nice team to root for. The rest of the X-Men, McAvoy as Prof. Xavier, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, and the rest,  are decent. Of course, Quicksilver's still there to steal the show, but sadly, they kinda let him run just a tad too long. And even lazily set him aside for the final confrontation because he was clearly too over-powered. Lastly, Apocalypse and his "Four Horsemen of the....Apocalypse" were a bit underdeveloped or underused, I felt like. Apocalypse himself had some really good scenes where Oscar Isaac's acting ability really shows, but the character just wasn't realized all too well and had a number of flaws that kinda deprecate the character for the most part.
For the rest of his horsemen: Storm was cool and certainly better than Hale Berry already, but still had some lapses. Psylocke was just, unclear as to what her motivation even was. Maybe finding and gaining power? But they don't really try to give her some proper exposition even. Angel was just kinda there. Whatever. And Magneto was again, akin to Apocalypse: really, really good in some scenes because of the actor's pure ability, but still ended up not being used to their fullest extent.

Moving on, the plot was basically more of like a two-act one. Where we spend the first half with the heroes and the opposing forces assembling each of their own teams. And then the other half was just kind of a climax that was nothing short of underwhelming. So much left to be desired. It really is too bad. Seems like the quality of the movies in this current franchise is similar to that of a downward slope. Overall though, it was relatively enjoyable still. It could've been so much better, but alas, that is not the case, and now I have to give it my personal verdict!

Personal rating: 6/10 

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