X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (Spoiler Free Review)
So despite my rejection letter to flee to upstate New York, I had to check out X-Men: Apocalypse. The X-Men have always been my favorite Marvel franchise since I could read comics, and Apocalypse is such a pivotal character in the franchise that I really wanted this to be good since the last two X-films were pretty tolerable.
I went in with the lowest expectations from friends and fan reviews…
I must say I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked it!
The first thing you need to do if you’re an X-Fan is cast aside everything you know about the comics and just give into the world that Singer has already created. He does a good job with including beats here and there from the comics that fans will enjoy, but completely bastardizes the flow of them and crams as much as he can into this two hour flick. I mean A TON of stories that could (and probably should have been) their own films. In the end though, there are so many characters and timelines that I’m amazed this wasn’t a bigger cluster than it was. Things are left open to tie into another FOX/Marvel property you’ve already seen, as well as creating a few new ones.
If you were hoping FOX would hop on the Sony train and mix their series with Disney’s, you will be sorely let down. Mutants are here to stay where they are at for quite a while, and honestly, that’s not a bad thing.
7 out of 10
Film Review by Keenan McClelland