Thursday, 16 June 2016

The X-Men Pack a Punch; Apocalypse a Bummer

Flashbacks, flashbacks, flashbacks…the latest edition of the X-Men movie series, ‘X-Men Apocalypse’, are full of them. For a casual movie fan who has never read the comics or watched the cartoons, I found the movie entertaining (in contrast to the reviews), which packed in most of my favourite characters, except for one major disappointment…the villain. 

In the last movie of the third prequel, we revisit young Professor X/ Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and are introduced to a teenage Jean Grey/Phoenix (Sophie Turner), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), and Scott Summers/Cyclops (Tye Sheridan). Ten years have passed after the Paris Peace Accords from ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’. A wanted man, Magneto moves to Poland, takes a new name, settles down with a wife and daughter and lives an ordinary life ignoring his superpowers, while the professor is busy doing what he does best…running his School for Gifted Youngsters.

A super powerful mutant, Apocalypse, buried for thousands of years, is brought back to life and proclaims himself as God. In a hurry to recruit disciples he meets the professor and gets envious about his mind reading gift… thus war begins.

Featuring various mutants from the Marvel series, the film even gives Wolverine a cameo. And in the little time he is seen, he meets Jean Grey for the first time and the chemistry between them is evident; although, honestly this Jean is tad too young for him. Talking of which, the movie total indulges its romantic fans. All our favourite mutant couples get their moments in the movie — Beast and Mystique, Jean and Scott, Jean and Logan and even Professor and his CIA girlfriend Moira MacTaggert.

The movie takes us back in time with scenes from the other XMen movies, which helps revive our memories as much as it keeps the movie within budget. 

Magneto goes through a inner turmoil to decide whose side he is on, while we get to see the dark side of Storm. We see a struggling Jean and Scott come to terms with their uncontrollable powers.  

But, the central character of the movie was a utter disaster. Apocalypse is the ultimate baddie with multiple mutant powers, but acts like a stubborn toddler and looks too much like a carton villain. Suffering from bad dialogues, he comes across as all brawn and no brain and has a flimsy strategy unlike the solid ones by other bad guys we have seen in the X Men movies… namely Striker, Sebastian Shaw and off course the glamorous Magneto.

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