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X-Men: Apocalypse
05.09.2016
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PLOT: Professor Xavier must round up the X-Men - which includes some new members - in order to take on Apocalypse, a centuries old mutant intent on destroying humanity.

REVIEW: Set some ten years after the events of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE is another satisfactory entry into the X-MEN franchise, but it lacks the big thrills of the previous two entries. Perhaps at six installments, the series is starting to show a little bit of wear, or, short of that, a case of the "been theres, done thats." They're predictable, in both a positive and negative sense. I suppose you can't blame them, because they're going with what works, but at the same time, there are almost no surprises to be found at all.

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In this installment, the X-Men are up against perhaps their greatest foe yet: Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), who after being buried in an Egyptian tomb for centuries is awoken and immediately sets about collecting a team of supervillains as he prepares to exterminate humanity. Apocalypse, who we're told might be the first mutant ever, is one of those baddies that thinks the Earth would be better off without all these people mucking it up. He's possesses seemingly unlimited power, but he still needs a few other mutants to do his bidding, like weather-controlling Storm (Alexandra Shipp) or sexy warrior woman Psylocke (Olivia Munn). But the main piece of his new gang is Magneto (Michael Fassbender), ever conflicted about which side he wants to be on and recently in a real mankind-hating mood. Apocalypse acts as sort of a mentor to Magneto, unlocking powers even the latter didn't know he had, and the two of them combined are a cinch to turn the world upside down.

Meanwhile, Professor Xavier (James McAvoy) has some new help on his hands: Scott Summers aka Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) arrives, with his power to shoot energy beams out of his eyes; Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), able to teleport at a moment's notice; and Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), a psychic proving to be one of the more impressive students yet. And of course Xavier's trusty assistant Beast (Nicholas Hoult) is always by his side, while former flame Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) reemerges to give the Professor some butterflies (and provide some assistance). Lurking around the periphery is Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), who, not unlike Magneto, struggles with her allegiances, but at the moment agrees to help the X-Men with their current predicament.

X-Men Apocalypse review James McAvoy Jennifer Lawrence Oscar Isaac

That's really all there is to the plot, honestly; both groups try to get their acts together for what we all know will be an epic battle in the end that will determine the fate of the world. What I think APOCALYPSE is lacking that made FIRST CLASS and DAYS OF FUTURE PAST a little more intriguing are the political and social ramifications those movies dealt with. Including historical figures and incidents into the plots made them novel and added unexpected color. Here, there isn't much more than a standard "end of the world" scenario on the horizon. Naturally, there are countless deliberations about the pros and cons of being a mutant, but they all start to sound alike after a while (especially after so many movies dealing with the same subject matter).

A significant problem with the movie is the villain. The casting of Oscar Issac as Apocalypse is baffling; the actor is unrecognizable in all the make-up and he's often left just standing there, grumbling and moaning. Apocalypse probably could have been played by anybody. And as a character he isn't very interesting: his speeches are humdrum, his design unappealing (might have worked in the comics, but not here) and he's never compelling or scary. His team of villains, with the exception of Magneto, are also a pretty silly-looking bunch; when they're all hanging out together they seem like a team of cosplayers posing for a heavy metal album cover. They inspire chuckles, not intimidation.

X-Men Apocalypse review James McAvoy Jennifer Lawrence Oscar Isaac

James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are reliable as Xavier and Magneto, of course, but even they're repetitive here. It's really gotten to the point where they might be recycling dialogue from previous films and I wouldn't realize it. Jennifer Lawrence looks thoroughly bored playing Mystique again, although she's not given any stand-out moments as she was in the last film. A couple of the new heroes are fun; Tye Sheridan and Kodi Smit-McPhee are welcome additions as Cyclops and Nightcrawler, but I found Sophie Turner to be a rather bland Jean Grey. And, as was the case in Days of Future Past, the highlight of the film is a sequence with Quicksilver (Evan Peters) coming to the rescue. It's basically a retread of his scene in the last movie, but it's no less entertaining. The character also has a little more to do in this one and is consistently the most enjoyable member of the team to watch.

The action sequences are definitely enjoyable, as usual director Bryan Singer can be counted upon to bring the thunder when he's got several superpowered mutants throwing down on one another. There's one scene in particular that's really exceptionally cool, but I don't want to spoil it here. (If you've seen a few of the trailers or ads, you can guess what I'm hinting at.) The finale, while mired in lots of swirling CGI and crumbling buildings, does have a handful of memorable confrontations.

At this point the X-MEN movies have really settled into a predictable rhythm; while you could of course say the same for some other big franchises, these particular movies just don't inspire a lot of excitement in me. That said, if you really enjoyed the last two films, you'll likely find plenty to appreciate in APOCALYPSE, even though its villain is a drag and the heroes are going through the motions once again. I'm giving it a 6, but you may well bump the grade up higher if you're an X-Men fanatic.

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9:18PM on 05/20/2016

Best X-Men Film!


I saw this review giving the film a pretty low score - 0nly 6? Really?

I've just seen X-Men: Apocalypse. I LOVED it. Up until now X-Men 2 was my fave, but Apocalypse knocked it out of the park.

What's more, not only do I think Apocalypse is the best X-Men film yet I'm going on record and say it's the best superhero film of 2016.

It's easily better than Batman V Superman and honestly, whilst I loved Civil War I came out feeling something was missing. Maybe my expectations had been

I saw this review giving the film a pretty low score - 0nly 6? Really?

I've just seen X-Men: Apocalypse. I LOVED it. Up until now X-Men 2 was my fave, but Apocalypse knocked it out of the park.

What's more, not only do I think Apocalypse is the best X-Men film yet I'm going on record and say it's the best superhero film of 2016.

It's easily better than Batman V Superman and honestly, whilst I loved Civil War I came out feeling something was missing. Maybe my expectations had been too high, possibly expecting more that Marvel was willing to give...

Apocalypse though feels like it's giving us everything it has. Quite frankly I feel that the Apocalypse character has laid down the gauntlet and Thanos will have a tough job to top it when the MCU tackle Infinity War.

I'm not expecting everyone to share my opinion (I'm sure a lot will blindly rate Civil War higher)... But damnit, I think X-Men: Apocalypse deserves credit - it got my adrenalin pumping and at the end I was buzzing for more.

20th Century Fox may not have a clue how to handle Fantastic Four but it just nailed the X-Men.

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CHARACTERS DIE! There's actual peril in the film something the MCU seems scared to touch right now. (again, I loved Civil War... but seriously - no deaths? Not one?) Okay, they may not be characters you particularly care about that much but it's enough I think.)
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I conclude. Loved it. (I'm rating this 'neutral because I'm "hip" to the film, but article's review is a "bad" one. Remember those days when all superhero films were kinda sucky? Remember when fanboys would dream of the imagery we're getting now? I'm giving it a 9/10. It may come down on rewatching, but right now, I think it deserves better reviews. But hey - everyone to their own opinion. This is just mine :-)
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5:51PM on 05/19/2016
I've seen it. While it does have that "no surprise" factor, it's not worse than Days of Future Past. It's an X-Men movie. If you like those, you will enjoy this. If you hated the previous ones, this won't change your mind.

BTW, once again, Quicksilver has a scene that steals the show.
I've seen it. While it does have that "no surprise" factor, it's not worse than Days of Future Past. It's an X-Men movie. If you like those, you will enjoy this. If you hated the previous ones, this won't change your mind.

BTW, once again, Quicksilver has a scene that steals the show.
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9:50AM on 05/12/2016

more a 7.5 at wors, for me

Despite some obvious plot-holes, an average (at best Apocalypse) and some od choices (both from the director and the characters...), the movie is really good. It' just not great. Something is missing (can't really put my finger on it, yet). It's really more an X-Men film for the fans of the Cinematic X-Universe, as the fan of the Comics will be pissed of by some points of the story.
And the end credits scene is fun.
Not great, but still very entertaining.
Despite some obvious plot-holes, an average (at best Apocalypse) and some od choices (both from the director and the characters...), the movie is really good. It' just not great. Something is missing (can't really put my finger on it, yet). It's really more an X-Men film for the fans of the Cinematic X-Universe, as the fan of the Comics will be pissed of by some points of the story.
And the end credits scene is fun.
Not great, but still very entertaining.
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11:03AM on 05/11/2016

Why

Three in the first X-men trilogy, then X-men origins: Wolverine, then THE Wolverine, then First class, then Days of future past. I count 7 in that list (not counting Xmen cameo #8 in Deadpool)...This movie is either #8 or #9 of "Xmen movies" depending on how you count. Which one don't you count in the canon?
Three in the first X-men trilogy, then X-men origins: Wolverine, then THE Wolverine, then First class, then Days of future past. I count 7 in that list (not counting Xmen cameo #8 in Deadpool)...This movie is either #8 or #9 of "Xmen movies" depending on how you count. Which one don't you count in the canon?
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4:34AM on 05/11/2016
This review touches upon what the trailers have left me feeling, that this one just isn't that interesting and even boring at times. With all the comic book films coming out, the worst thing one of them can be is boring. The action scenes may be entertaining, but where the last two films had heart and interesting plots, as well as character dynamics that were fun to watch, this seems to lack pretty much all of that. How they could take things back several steps instead of continuing forward, I
This review touches upon what the trailers have left me feeling, that this one just isn't that interesting and even boring at times. With all the comic book films coming out, the worst thing one of them can be is boring. The action scenes may be entertaining, but where the last two films had heart and interesting plots, as well as character dynamics that were fun to watch, this seems to lack pretty much all of that. How they could take things back several steps instead of continuing forward, I do not know. But, that seems to be the case. I have seen every X-Men movie in theaters (yes, even the terrible X-Men 3). This may be the first one I skip.
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2:50PM on 05/10/2016
Its about what I expected. Now I'm not a huge Singer Xmen fan. Xmen 2 was the pinnacle of the Xmen movies, and one of the best comic book movies made. First Class was good as well, despite not being made by Singer. But my problem with almost all of the X movies, is unlike Marvel, they don't respect the source material so much. Yes even Marvel changes some things, but even in their changes, the heart of the source material remains in tact. When Fox changes the source material it shows how little
Its about what I expected. Now I'm not a huge Singer Xmen fan. Xmen 2 was the pinnacle of the Xmen movies, and one of the best comic book movies made. First Class was good as well, despite not being made by Singer. But my problem with almost all of the X movies, is unlike Marvel, they don't respect the source material so much. Yes even Marvel changes some things, but even in their changes, the heart of the source material remains in tact. When Fox changes the source material it shows how little understand they have over the product. When they stick faithfully to it, they set records. I'm looking at you Deadpool. I didn't expect much from this because not a single trailer looked good. The first reveal of Ivan Ooze, I mean Apocalypse, set a tone for this movie that in my eyes its never recovered from. Each subsequent trailer to me left me less interested in seeing it. And I'm fucking tired of Jlaw and Mystique being pushed as the defacto leader of all things Xmen because she's the "hot" thing now. I didn't enjoy BVS, but I somehow get the felling I'll like this even less. I'll see it and decide, but I'm not optimistic. Especially after seeing how right a comic movie can be done when care and respect are taken in none other than Civil War.
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1:30PM on 05/10/2016
One of the better guys I like hearing reviews from.
Give a listen if you can because he has quite a diffrerent take on things..... [link]
One of the better guys I like hearing reviews from.
Give a listen if you can because he has quite a diffrerent take on things..... [link]
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12:52PM on 05/10/2016

Looked to be the worst out of the new trilogy.

Not once during any of the commercials or trailers did this feel like it was going to be as good as the last two movies. Everyone just looks tired and bored already. We can't even keep Mystique blue for the majority of her screentime. It just looked half assed from the start.
Not once during any of the commercials or trailers did this feel like it was going to be as good as the last two movies. Everyone just looks tired and bored already. We can't even keep Mystique blue for the majority of her screentime. It just looked half assed from the start.
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5:31PM on 05/12/2016
The reason Mystique is not blue for the most part, in the movie, is explained somehow logically: after saving the President in DoFP, she became an icon for mutants, and she does not want to. So she hide in plain sight by being 'human'.
As for the trilogy, their is a fun moment in the film when Scott, Jubilee, Kurt and Jean go to see Return Of The Jedi, and at the end they are debating about which Star Wars is the best. And one of them says that, anyway, everyone agrees that in trilogies, the
The reason Mystique is not blue for the most part, in the movie, is explained somehow logically: after saving the President in DoFP, she became an icon for mutants, and she does not want to. So she hide in plain sight by being 'human'.
As for the trilogy, their is a fun moment in the film when Scott, Jubilee, Kurt and Jean go to see Return Of The Jedi, and at the end they are debating about which Star Wars is the best. And one of them says that, anyway, everyone agrees that in trilogies, the third part is always the worst... I guess it was a nod to Last Stand, but...
5:32PM on 06/02/2016
well of course its explained. They shoe horn an explanation so she can get her contract wish of not wearing the makeup all the time.
well of course its explained. They shoe horn an explanation so she can get her contract wish of not wearing the makeup all the time.
12:49PM on 05/10/2016

Most reviews coming in resemble that statement

One reviewer put is so perfectly, "There's something to be said for exciting superhero popcorn movies, but as the competition becomes more and more sophisticated, visceral, and character-driven, it gets tougher to make a case for films that don't meet those standards" Say what you want about BvS, but the writers, directors, actors, producers, and whatnot took the film seriously and really tried to make some serious correlations with analogies ranging from Excalibur to the other Theological
One reviewer put is so perfectly, "There's something to be said for exciting superhero popcorn movies, but as the competition becomes more and more sophisticated, visceral, and character-driven, it gets tougher to make a case for films that don't meet those standards" Say what you want about BvS, but the writers, directors, actors, producers, and whatnot took the film seriously and really tried to make some serious correlations with analogies ranging from Excalibur to the other Theological stories. Synder really tried to bring meaning to his world. It wasn't just about about perfect sets, pretty CGI, and lack of consequences for a sugary, candy coated world. Once we start treating these characters with respect to the mythology, anything else looks like a Saturday Morning cartoon
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12:29PM on 05/10/2016
It's difficult to take this review seriously when the reviewer is known for giving glowing praise to something like Age of Ultron. Bumbray seems to be more favorable to the film, so I'll trust him more.
It's difficult to take this review seriously when the reviewer is known for giving glowing praise to something like Age of Ultron. Bumbray seems to be more favorable to the film, so I'll trust him more.
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2:42PM on 05/10/2016
So you only trust favorable reviews because you want the movie to be good? Thats like people who only watch the news of their political party (fox/msnbc). Doing so you never want the truth, just to placate your point of view.
So you only trust favorable reviews because you want the movie to be good? Thats like people who only watch the news of their political party (fox/msnbc). Doing so you never want the truth, just to placate your point of view.
4:23PM on 05/10/2016
Totally agree with wopolopolus. Did I spell that right?
Totally agree with wopolopolus. Did I spell that right?
9:06AM on 05/10/2016
This website is so biased towards Marvel Studios, that it's insane. Joblo.com gave a piece of shit like Age of Ultron a good review, so their credibility is nonexistent at this point. I wish the reviewers for this site would stop pandering solely to Marvel Studios fanboys. Civil War was a great movie, so I can understand sucking that film off while reviewing it, but giving a glowing review to an average (at best) movie like Thor the Dark World!?! Yeah, these guys are no longer reliable. In
This website is so biased towards Marvel Studios, that it's insane. Joblo.com gave a piece of shit like Age of Ultron a good review, so their credibility is nonexistent at this point. I wish the reviewers for this site would stop pandering solely to Marvel Studios fanboys. Civil War was a great movie, so I can understand sucking that film off while reviewing it, but giving a glowing review to an average (at best) movie like Thor the Dark World!?! Yeah, these guys are no longer reliable. In fact, they haven't been reliable for a while now.
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8:42AM on 05/10/2016
It's a real shame that it came to this, considering Fox had a golden opportunity with in my opinion, is the most interesting Marvel villain character. Say what you will about Singer, but he's done some amazing things for the X-Men and honestly, with the crap that goes on at Fox, I'm happy its been him steering the ship and not someone like Brett Ratner. Coming from a huge X-Men fan, I've thoroughly enjoyed each film, except for X3. But at this point in the series, I have no idea where they can
It's a real shame that it came to this, considering Fox had a golden opportunity with in my opinion, is the most interesting Marvel villain character. Say what you will about Singer, but he's done some amazing things for the X-Men and honestly, with the crap that goes on at Fox, I'm happy its been him steering the ship and not someone like Brett Ratner. Coming from a huge X-Men fan, I've thoroughly enjoyed each film, except for X3. But at this point in the series, I have no idea where they can go.

It really felt with First Class and DOFP, they were really building on something. Historical events, social issues and a trickle down effect on the choices good and evil make. With reading all the Apocalypse X-Men comics, they had some great story arcs they could have used, or even from the events after DOFP ,considering En Sabah Nur has a knowledge of space and time. Wakes up because there was a change in historical events and feels he can possibly one day, create an Age of Apocalypse.

I could keep rambling on here but just in my opinion, it feels like Fox is making these films one at a time, rather where Marvel is following a system and are following a timeline for everything. Fox will never let go of the X-Men because its basically a money making machine. I just hope that in my lifetime, Marvel gets the rights back at some point in time and delivers on the dozen of amazing story arcs in the X-Men universe.
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5:23AM on 05/10/2016
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3:25AM on 05/10/2016

Contracts

Not that this really matters at this point. But it's clearly obvious JLaw and Singer didn't want to do this film. Lawrence was contracted to do this film and Singer did soley so the studio could grant his wish on doing his 20,000 leagues project.
Not that this really matters at this point. But it's clearly obvious JLaw and Singer didn't want to do this film. Lawrence was contracted to do this film and Singer did soley so the studio could grant his wish on doing his 20,000 leagues project.
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2:56AM on 05/10/2016
I can't put my finger on it. I enjoyed the last two movies and yet, when I saw the trailer for this I could not have felt more disinterested. Something feels stale and the news that we've seen it all before does not surprise. For me the X-Men are in dire need of a rest and a reboot, not least because the universe as a whole is in knots.
I can't put my finger on it. I enjoyed the last two movies and yet, when I saw the trailer for this I could not have felt more disinterested. Something feels stale and the news that we've seen it all before does not surprise. For me the X-Men are in dire need of a rest and a reboot, not least because the universe as a whole is in knots.
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12:58PM on 05/10/2016
My sentiments exactly!! I remember the day when I had added X-Men to my calendar due to excitement. Now, meh. I'll see it when I see it. You've got Fassbender, McAvoy, and Isaac for crying out loud. Why does everything have to suck? why does every character have to have a perfectly fitted costume (which just doesn't make sense in this world, I get that Stark can be the guy behind the Avengers looking good, but who sewed together Magneto's costume and why does Munn wear panties as a outfit?) and
My sentiments exactly!! I remember the day when I had added X-Men to my calendar due to excitement. Now, meh. I'll see it when I see it. You've got Fassbender, McAvoy, and Isaac for crying out loud. Why does everything have to suck? why does every character have to have a perfectly fitted costume (which just doesn't make sense in this world, I get that Stark can be the guy behind the Avengers looking good, but who sewed together Magneto's costume and why does Munn wear panties as a outfit?) and the environments have to look so hokey with that cool blue and gray bullshit filter for everything? Singer ruined Superman Returns for me and has yet to really wow me since X-Men 2. The good news, though, is that I hear he can stage action better than than the brothers behind Civil War. So, atleast there might be a semblance of creativity.
11:12PM on 05/09/2016
I'm just going with the fact that if you enjoyed the last two films primarily or the entire franchise as a whole, then you'll enjoy this one as well. It's not like us fans don't know what to expect from a Bryan Singer X-Men film anymore.
I'm just going with the fact that if you enjoyed the last two films primarily or the entire franchise as a whole, then you'll enjoy this one as well. It's not like us fans don't know what to expect from a Bryan Singer X-Men film anymore.
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10:05PM on 05/09/2016
I'm curious as to why the reviewer says these films don't inspire a lot of excitement in him. Aside from the last 2 Captain America films, I'd say that X-Men First Class and Days of Future past are as good or better than any other current comic series (the last 2 Iron Man films, the 2 Thor films, the 2 Avengers films, the Amazing Spiderman films, and DC's Man of Steel & BvS). I can see how this new film might be a notch below the other 2, but I'm still looking forward to it.
I'm curious as to why the reviewer says these films don't inspire a lot of excitement in him. Aside from the last 2 Captain America films, I'd say that X-Men First Class and Days of Future past are as good or better than any other current comic series (the last 2 Iron Man films, the 2 Thor films, the 2 Avengers films, the Amazing Spiderman films, and DC's Man of Steel & BvS). I can see how this new film might be a notch below the other 2, but I'm still looking forward to it.
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9:43PM on 05/09/2016
So far the reviews is pretty much 50/50 - either it's great or it's bad.
So far the reviews is pretty much 50/50 - either it's great or it's bad.
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8:47PM on 05/09/2016
Good, I'm glad it sucked. Hey FOX, can you sell this franchise to back to Marvel so I can get a real X-Men movie in my lifetime.
Good, I'm glad it sucked. Hey FOX, can you sell this franchise to back to Marvel so I can get a real X-Men movie in my lifetime.
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7:55PM on 05/09/2016
I scrolled down and looked at the rating and thought "Oh dear" but this isn't really a bad review. Singer's strength has never been the action: look at how actionless his Superman Returns was. It could be that after years of making X-Men movies (and seeing how people reacted to Deadpool) Singer has said "So you want action? Okay, I'll give you action, but action isn't really his strength." The best part of X-Men 2 was Bobby coming out to his parents. The best part of Days of Future Past
I scrolled down and looked at the rating and thought "Oh dear" but this isn't really a bad review. Singer's strength has never been the action: look at how actionless his Superman Returns was. It could be that after years of making X-Men movies (and seeing how people reacted to Deadpool) Singer has said "So you want action? Okay, I'll give you action, but action isn't really his strength." The best part of X-Men 2 was Bobby coming out to his parents. The best part of Days of Future Past was Wolverine explaining to his colleagues that it wasn't really him who slept with the boss' daughter. I think that Singer needs to stop worrying about what he thinks audiences want and trying to give it to them and just focus on making good X-Men movies. I am happy to hear that this movie features the return of Stryker and Wolverine because that means that the new origin of Wolverine will have been gotten out of the way and we won't have to revisit that again in the next movie. It is crucial for the X-Men going forward that they recast Wolverine with a good young actor, someone who will resemble Hugh Jackman from the original trilogy.

I'm not 100% sure I want Singer to try to redo the original trilogy. I am bored with the whole Dark Phoenix story line. I read it in the comics, I saw it play out on the 90s cartoon and I saw it butchered in The Last Stand. I would rather have Mister Sinister create a Jean Grey clone who the X-Men then have to fight. That would be different. Going forward, I would want the movies to explore different story lines and different villains and not just cover the same ground as before.

It is frustrating waiting for the X-Men movies to catch up with present day. Mind you, we are going to get a New Mutants movie. I assume that this movie will be set in present day and that Patrick Stewart will be Professor Xavier and not James McEvoy. James McEvoy is fine as Professor Xavier but he is still too young to play a modern day Professor Xavier which is why the X-Men movies have to be period pieces for now. This new trilogy of X-Men movies that Singer has proposed will presumably cover the 1990s, the 2000s and the 2010s. We will have had New Mutants, X-Force and Gambit movies in the meantime so the X-Men movie set in the 2020s should be an X-Men / X-Force crossover.

I have to say that Olivia Munn as Psylocke looks really good in the trailers and I would be more interested in a Psylocke movie than in a Gambit movie. I wonder if the next X-Men movie will feature Gambit. Personally I would want Gambit to be recast for the X-Men movies and have him be a young Gambit like the other X-Men and have Channing Tatum play an older Gambit operating in the present day.
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1:06PM on 05/10/2016
I think Olivia Munn looks ridiculous as Psylocke. Her outfit is sexist and completely useless. Angel apparently goes to the salon to get his hair done before he goes out to kick ass. There is just nothing real about this stuff. If we are going to make a live action version of these cartoons, we should stop treating them like cartoons. Who designed the outfits for this? How do you explain how perfect everything fits and looks? Is Apocalypse in the basement sewing together leather and metal
I think Olivia Munn looks ridiculous as Psylocke. Her outfit is sexist and completely useless. Angel apparently goes to the salon to get his hair done before he goes out to kick ass. There is just nothing real about this stuff. If we are going to make a live action version of these cartoons, we should stop treating them like cartoons. Who designed the outfits for this? How do you explain how perfect everything fits and looks? Is Apocalypse in the basement sewing together leather and metal pieces together? Does he send Angel to the barber to get a tight fade? Just stupid unrealistic nonsense without substance. Fassbender is such a bad ass. He had the potential to be the next person to carry this franchise and they've wasted him and McAvoy.
5:20PM on 05/12/2016
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Well, you're actually almost right. In the film, by manipulation matter on a molecular level, Apocalypse actually makes their suits.
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Well, you're actually almost right. In the film, by manipulation matter on a molecular level, Apocalypse actually makes their suits.
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7:31PM on 05/09/2016
I'll still see it. But not one xmen movie has really done anything for me at all.
Side note - does age of ultron suck? Cause I've seen it a few times and I thinks it's fucking awesome. Great action and I loved all the character moments. Not sure why it gets all the hate. It's the only movie I can stand iron man, most of the time I think he's a jerk off. Everyone in it was great and I loved seeing Hawkeyes home life.
I'll still see it. But not one xmen movie has really done anything for me at all.
Side note - does age of ultron suck? Cause I've seen it a few times and I thinks it's fucking awesome. Great action and I loved all the character moments. Not sure why it gets all the hate. It's the only movie I can stand iron man, most of the time I think he's a jerk off. Everyone in it was great and I loved seeing Hawkeyes home life.
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7:42PM on 05/09/2016
I don't think it sucks. I would say it's probably a 7 out of 10 for me. The main problem I had with it was that they spent too much time trying to set up other movies, but there was enough in it to like and I don't think it qualifies as a bad movie. A bit of a letdown? Maybe, but that doesn't make it bad.
I don't think it sucks. I would say it's probably a 7 out of 10 for me. The main problem I had with it was that they spent too much time trying to set up other movies, but there was enough in it to like and I don't think it qualifies as a bad movie. A bit of a letdown? Maybe, but that doesn't make it bad.
7:51PM on 05/09/2016
For me it's guardians then avengers 2&1 cap1&2 and antman are the top marvel movies.
I know everyone loves iron man one and it's cool. But really he builds the suit for the entire movie then has a quick battle. Nothing very exciting.
But with the exception or iron man 3 every marvel movie is better than any xmen movie.
For me it's guardians then avengers 2&1 cap1&2 and antman are the top marvel movies.
I know everyone loves iron man one and it's cool. But really he builds the suit for the entire movie then has a quick battle. Nothing very exciting.
But with the exception or iron man 3 every marvel movie is better than any xmen movie.
6:57PM on 05/09/2016
I honestly don't trust you anymore, Walkuski. And I doubt I ever will again. You only seem to like Marvel Studios movies when it comes to superheroes. Give me Chris Bumbray for an impartial review.
I honestly don't trust you anymore, Walkuski. And I doubt I ever will again. You only seem to like Marvel Studios movies when it comes to superheroes. Give me Chris Bumbray for an impartial review.
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7:02PM on 05/09/2016
Granted, Apocalypse looks fucking abysmal. But I still don't trust you anymore.
Granted, Apocalypse looks fucking abysmal. But I still don't trust you anymore.
4:56AM on 05/10/2016
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6:23PM on 05/09/2016
Joblo gives 9s to every Disney Marvel movie, even when they're awful (like Age of Ultron). I don't trust this site anymore. I haven't seen the movie yet, but my coworker saw an advanced screening and said it was great. I trust his judgement more than this site.
Joblo gives 9s to every Disney Marvel movie, even when they're awful (like Age of Ultron). I don't trust this site anymore. I haven't seen the movie yet, but my coworker saw an advanced screening and said it was great. I trust his judgement more than this site.
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6:34PM on 05/09/2016
I dont think this movie is going to be good, but I whole-heartedly agree with your statement.
I dont think this movie is going to be good, but I whole-heartedly agree with your statement.
6:34PM on 05/09/2016
I agree. Its like theyre pandering to other Marvel fans even though a lot of those same fans were originally against the Disney/Marvel merge. Age of Ultron didnt deserve anything more than a 5.
I agree. Its like theyre pandering to other Marvel fans even though a lot of those same fans were originally against the Disney/Marvel merge. Age of Ultron didnt deserve anything more than a 5.
6:37PM on 05/09/2016
IGN didnt like it either. Probably because all of them but X1 and X2 sucked hard, and I love Xmen
IGN didnt like it either. Probably because all of them but X1 and X2 sucked hard, and I love Xmen
6:42PM on 05/09/2016
Actually, I don't think that's true. Age of Ultron did not deserve a 9, but I would have given it a 7. A 5 is low in my opinion. As for this review, the average on RottenTomatoes is 5.5/10 with only 40% of critics giving it a fresh rating. You may not trust the judgement of this site, but the other reviews seem to agree with this rating, so maybe in this case, the review is fair.
Actually, I don't think that's true. Age of Ultron did not deserve a 9, but I would have given it a 7. A 5 is low in my opinion. As for this review, the average on RottenTomatoes is 5.5/10 with only 40% of critics giving it a fresh rating. You may not trust the judgement of this site, but the other reviews seem to agree with this rating, so maybe in this case, the review is fair.
4:53AM on 05/10/2016
I think these accusations of bias reviewing are silly and unfounded. Some people want these films to be good SO badly that they'll say it's caviar when it's clearly porridge. BvS is a case in point. Trailers looked bad, reviews were bad, film was bad. But its really quite good right? No actually its BAD!

I get the same feeling from this.

And if it does turn out to be bad well then it must be Marvel's fault for being good and not perfect. Or the reviewer's fault for liking some
I think these accusations of bias reviewing are silly and unfounded. Some people want these films to be good SO badly that they'll say it's caviar when it's clearly porridge. BvS is a case in point. Trailers looked bad, reviews were bad, film was bad. But its really quite good right? No actually its BAD!

I get the same feeling from this.

And if it does turn out to be bad well then it must be Marvel's fault for being good and not perfect. Or the reviewer's fault for liking some Marvel movies. Yawn. Perhaps there is a chance that its the film maker's fault for dropping the ball. Could that be possible?

Or how about they gave it a shot and you win some and you lose some. At least we have good superhero movies instead of none at all.

Thanks for the review.
6:12PM on 05/09/2016

Lifting the Review Embargo Early May Have Been a Bad Choice

Rotten Tomatoes has X-Men: Apocalypse at 40% for now and most of the reviews coming in are ho-hum, luke warm, or negative. Why would Fox let critics screen this early if it wasn't a slam dunk? Stupid.
Rotten Tomatoes has X-Men: Apocalypse at 40% for now and most of the reviews coming in are ho-hum, luke warm, or negative. Why would Fox let critics screen this early if it wasn't a slam dunk? Stupid.
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6:29PM on 05/09/2016
Maybe they hope people will forget the reviews by the time the movie is out.
Maybe they hope people will forget the reviews by the time the movie is out.
6:44PM on 05/09/2016
Do you think they'll be able to forget how bad Apocalypse looks and the underwhelming trailers? Maybe.
Do you think they'll be able to forget how bad Apocalypse looks and the underwhelming trailers? Maybe.
6:09PM on 05/09/2016
"They're predictable, in both a positive and negative sense. I suppose you can't blame them, because they're going with what works, but at the same time, there are almost no surprises to be found at all"... from the guys who gives a 9 to every freakin MARVEL (Disney) movie! lol
"They're predictable, in both a positive and negative sense. I suppose you can't blame them, because they're going with what works, but at the same time, there are almost no surprises to be found at all"... from the guys who gives a 9 to every freakin MARVEL (Disney) movie! lol
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6:18PM on 05/09/2016
If the movie is fun and engaging, and if the characters are interesting enough, viewers are sometimes willing to look past the formula and enjoy the movie. However, if the movie feels familiar and has nothing else to offer, the experience can be a lot less entertaining. At least Marvel has been trying their hands at different genres and feature characters that are fun to watch. Yes, it has a formula (but most genres do, so why does Marvel get called out for it as if they are the only one at
If the movie is fun and engaging, and if the characters are interesting enough, viewers are sometimes willing to look past the formula and enjoy the movie. However, if the movie feels familiar and has nothing else to offer, the experience can be a lot less entertaining. At least Marvel has been trying their hands at different genres and feature characters that are fun to watch. Yes, it has a formula (but most genres do, so why does Marvel get called out for it as if they are the only one at fault?), but if they make it work, the movie can still be good.
3:35AM on 05/10/2016
Yeah, as above. Marvel understand their characters so well (for the most part - I'm not sure they know what to do with Thor for some reason). I mean taking Civil War as an example, Spider-Man for me was done perfectly. Ant-Man was visually spectacular. Black Panther was nailed. Motivations made sense. Personally I believed what I was seeing and I loved it. The action was exciting and dynamic. There was nothing stale about it from this movie goers experience.

I have to say I think
Yeah, as above. Marvel understand their characters so well (for the most part - I'm not sure they know what to do with Thor for some reason). I mean taking Civil War as an example, Spider-Man for me was done perfectly. Ant-Man was visually spectacular. Black Panther was nailed. Motivations made sense. Personally I believed what I was seeing and I loved it. The action was exciting and dynamic. There was nothing stale about it from this movie goers experience.

I have to say I think we're spoiled. As a kid I would never have thought I'd see these characters on screen (Avengers or X-Men - any of it). We're so lucky! This kind of passion does seem to make people a bit mad though (myself included on occasion). They'll get something great and call it mediocre (or not perfect). Then they'll get something mediocre and call it great.

For me the X-Men have failed to make me care about seeing this entry. It's not this review, but more the promotion of the movie. All the review has done is highlight that what I was feeling MAY well be validated. I'm simply not excited. Looks like a possible mediocre film. Even if it is, some will say it's great...
5:42PM on 05/09/2016
I've liked the last 2 Xmen movies, but the trailers for this one hasn't done anything for me, especially with Mystique leading the Xmen. But feel like this might be the old "Plus 2 to whatever Eric says" scenario.
I've liked the last 2 Xmen movies, but the trailers for this one hasn't done anything for me, especially with Mystique leading the Xmen. But feel like this might be the old "Plus 2 to whatever Eric says" scenario.
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5:35PM on 05/09/2016

So it's the summer of disappointments....

After a great surprise with Deadpool, it's been a pretty crappy year for movies. Civil War was well done, but I'm honestly not going to think about it again until it comes out on DVD, so I'd say on some level that's a disappointment (and we all know that BvS had the most upside, but failed to even come close to exploiting it). Independence Day is going to have lots of explosions, but I'm not holding my breath for greatness, which leaves Suicide Squad (and it's disappointing screenings leading
After a great surprise with Deadpool, it's been a pretty crappy year for movies. Civil War was well done, but I'm honestly not going to think about it again until it comes out on DVD, so I'd say on some level that's a disappointment (and we all know that BvS had the most upside, but failed to even come close to exploiting it). Independence Day is going to have lots of explosions, but I'm not holding my breath for greatness, which leaves Suicide Squad (and it's disappointing screenings leading to big reshoots) to finally give us something that exceeds expectations. If not, then it will be up to Rogue 1 and Dr Strange to keep this year from mediocrity.
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6:11PM on 05/09/2016
So, you are obviously referring to personal disappointment, because the large consensus is that Captain America: Civil War met or exceeded expectations. I don't know if X-Men: Apocalypse is a disappointment, because the trailers were not very well received, which put the expectations low, at least for me. The only reason why I had any hope was because Bryan Singer made some quality X-Men films in the past, but the marketing did not give me enough to be excited about to warrant
So, you are obviously referring to personal disappointment, because the large consensus is that Captain America: Civil War met or exceeded expectations. I don't know if X-Men: Apocalypse is a disappointment, because the trailers were not very well received, which put the expectations low, at least for me. The only reason why I had any hope was because Bryan Singer made some quality X-Men films in the past, but the marketing did not give me enough to be excited about to warrant disappointment.

It's still way too early to label this a summer of disappointments. It's only been one week.
7:02PM on 05/09/2016
I don't know... I enjoyed all Deadpool, Batman V Superman, and Civil War. They entertainded me, as they were EXACTLY the movies I was expecting. Not better, not worse. But none of them were really memorable to me.
(Deadpool's character was memorable, but not the movie)
I don't know... I enjoyed all Deadpool, Batman V Superman, and Civil War. They entertainded me, as they were EXACTLY the movies I was expecting. Not better, not worse. But none of them were really memorable to me.
(Deadpool's character was memorable, but not the movie)
12:35AM on 05/10/2016
I don't want to come off as a hater because Civil War is obviously enjoyable and is getting really good reviews. However, if you look at fan opinion on any board I've seen, it's far from a home run. Most people don't like the villain, they think there are too many leaps of logic (and dumb character decisions), and the movie swings wildly between campy comedy (the giant man segment of the fight) and really dark (a crippled Rhodie and all the deaths....including the very disturbing Stark
I don't want to come off as a hater because Civil War is obviously enjoyable and is getting really good reviews. However, if you look at fan opinion on any board I've seen, it's far from a home run. Most people don't like the villain, they think there are too many leaps of logic (and dumb character decisions), and the movie swings wildly between campy comedy (the giant man segment of the fight) and really dark (a crippled Rhodie and all the deaths....including the very disturbing Stark murders).

The worst part is the governments' reaction. The Avengers stopped a WMD from falling into the hands of terrorists, but when one of the terrorists detonated a suicide vest, everyone involved is blaming Wanda for not being able to completely stop him from killing people. Similarly, the gnashing of teeth over Sekovia is laughable. The Avengers risked their lives to save every person possible (even seeing the death of an Avenger trying to save the last child) and stopped the extinction of mankind, but it's routinely cited as a failure of theirs. That's so stupid it borders on laughable.

So we've gone from the joyful assembly of the characters to fight invading aliens to The Incredibles where heroes are being sued out of existence by every person they can't manage to save (and the plot wants us to consider the despot-filled UN as the solution). So yeah, I'd say that was personally disappointing, and I'd say my disappointment is being shared by a lot of fans who enjoyed it, but found a lot of flaws. Only time will tell if that will hurt it's long-term box office, but I'd be willing to bet it will. What's the point in going back for 2nds (or 3rds) just to see them argue about contracts and trying to put the government in charge?
3:12AM on 05/10/2016
Hi Des1. With regard to Sekovia you've missed quite a big point. Ultron existed because of the Avengers. It's like creating an atom bomb with a brain and then saying oops. They (or at least Stark and Banner) were 100% to blame for everything that followed his creation. Ultron even possessed aspects of Stark's personality if you really want to go down the rabbit hole.

On another note (and of course and entirely personal one), so far I've really enjoyed Deadpool, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Eye
Hi Des1. With regard to Sekovia you've missed quite a big point. Ultron existed because of the Avengers. It's like creating an atom bomb with a brain and then saying oops. They (or at least Stark and Banner) were 100% to blame for everything that followed his creation. Ultron even possessed aspects of Stark's personality if you really want to go down the rabbit hole.

On another note (and of course and entirely personal one), so far I've really enjoyed Deadpool, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Eye in the Sky and Civil War at the cinema. Was really disappointed with BvS. All in all 4 out of 5 spells a pretty good year of cinema going so far for me!!!
5:19PM on 05/10/2016
I do see that point Maniac, but that's not what's being exploited. It is people hating the Avengers for their failures (like this ridiculous Zemo character) for things that had nothing to do with them. People holding them responsible for stopping Rumlow from stealing a WMD, then being angry at them when he blows himself up. Blaming them for freaking New York??? Seriously? The government sent a nuke to wipe out the city and they managed to stop all the aliens and save almost all the people,
I do see that point Maniac, but that's not what's being exploited. It is people hating the Avengers for their failures (like this ridiculous Zemo character) for things that had nothing to do with them. People holding them responsible for stopping Rumlow from stealing a WMD, then being angry at them when he blows himself up. Blaming them for freaking New York??? Seriously? The government sent a nuke to wipe out the city and they managed to stop all the aliens and save almost all the people, yet the story chooses to show them as the bad guys? How about Cap stopping the Helicarriers that were seconds away from wiping out hundreds of thousands of innocents?

If they wanted a more intelligent movie, they could have gone into how the governments were covering up their own mistakes and blaming the Avengers, but that's not what they chose to do. They want us to accept Stark's position, that the Avengers needs someone monitoring them despite the fact that the only actual mistake they've made was Ultron (which Stark did without consulting the Avengers).

I just saw it a second time with my daughter and I thought the logical fallacies were even worse the second time around. I definitely won't be seeing it a 3rd time, and probably will just rent at Redbox instead of buying the DVD. It has lost the entire vision of what a superhero film is supposed to be.
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5:33PM on 05/09/2016
I often find the way in which a film is reviewed is almost more important than the review itself. Here, I can't get over the reviewer explaining the powers of each character as if misunderstanding the audience. With respect - I'm getting a second opinion.
I often find the way in which a film is reviewed is almost more important than the review itself. Here, I can't get over the reviewer explaining the powers of each character as if misunderstanding the audience. With respect - I'm getting a second opinion.
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6:03PM on 05/09/2016
The other opinions are not much better, according to RottenTomatoes. A 40% and a 5.5/10 average this early is a bad sign. It would not surprise me to see this drop to 30% or below.
The other opinions are not much better, according to RottenTomatoes. A 40% and a 5.5/10 average this early is a bad sign. It would not surprise me to see this drop to 30% or below.
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5:30PM on 05/09/2016

Worse than DOFP? How is that possible??

Sounds like Singer strikes again! I've said it before, and I'll say it again. First Class has been the ONLY good X-men film. Sounds like this is more of the same from Singer...lackluster and bland. Too bad, because a good X-men movie shouldn't be that hard to make. All the elements and good stories have been created for you! What is the deal??
Sounds like Singer strikes again! I've said it before, and I'll say it again. First Class has been the ONLY good X-men film. Sounds like this is more of the same from Singer...lackluster and bland. Too bad, because a good X-men movie shouldn't be that hard to make. All the elements and good stories have been created for you! What is the deal??
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6:04PM on 05/09/2016
Huh, what are you talking about? X-Men 1 was good, X-Men 2 was great and so was X-Men DOFP. X-Men First Class however was the most fun, I give you that. But the only good one? No way.
Huh, what are you talking about? X-Men 1 was good, X-Men 2 was great and so was X-Men DOFP. X-Men First Class however was the most fun, I give you that. But the only good one? No way.
6:13PM on 05/09/2016
Matthew Vaughn is a super talent
Matthew Vaughn is a super talent
4:03PM on 05/10/2016
Sorry, but in my opinion, all of the X-men movies (with the exception of First Class) have been very lackluster. Vaughn seemed to be the only one who understood the material and characters. X-2 was the only watchable one that Singer has been involved in, and I still felt it was totally lacking. DOFP was one of the worst, only beating out Last Stand. Completely boring...which is insane when you think about the possibilities that are available with the source material. After watching them all, I
Sorry, but in my opinion, all of the X-men movies (with the exception of First Class) have been very lackluster. Vaughn seemed to be the only one who understood the material and characters. X-2 was the only watchable one that Singer has been involved in, and I still felt it was totally lacking. DOFP was one of the worst, only beating out Last Stand. Completely boring...which is insane when you think about the possibilities that are available with the source material. After watching them all, I left the theater uninspired, unaffected and unimpressed every time.
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5:29PM on 05/09/2016
Thanks for sugar coating it. But that pretty much means it's bad.
Thanks for sugar coating it. But that pretty much means it's bad.
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5:39PM on 05/09/2016
Currently sitting at 43% with a 5.6 rating. So it's as bad as BvS, accept without the gimmick of showing the two biggest superheroes in their first movie together.
Currently sitting at 43% with a 5.6 rating. So it's as bad as BvS, accept without the gimmick of showing the two biggest superheroes in their first movie together.
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