X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

Jennifer Lawrence and Oscar Isaac in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

Jono author picI enjoyed this flick—but then again, I’m an X-Men disciple who worships at the altar of film series progenitor, Bryan Singer. Ordinary film-goers who don’t know their Wolverines from their Cyclopses may be inclined to mutter ‘X-Meh’ when leaving the theatre. And understandably so as, on this occasion, Singer fails to find cohesion with a cast of super-characters so bloated it makes Captain America look like Castaway.

As the second sequel to the ‘First Class’ series, the film has a solid footing in the continued excellence on display from Fassbender and McEvoy as Magneto and Prof X respectively. In addition there are welcome returns for fan favourites like Quicksilver and Nightcrawler. But there is precious little screentime to go around with no less than 5 villains and at least 10 heroes mugging for the camera. Unsurprisingly the script is cluttered and smothered in bombastic action scenes. The allegorical virtues of the original X-Men have mutated into an unwieldy action-cinema beast clawing for box-office share in a superhero-saturated film industry.

But I had a good time. Although it may not reach the heights set by Days of Future Past this is still Singer’s X-Men and the DNA is intact.

3.5 stars

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