X-Men: Apocalypse

X-Men-Apocalypse-IMAX-posterDistributor: Twentieth Century Fox Corporation
Director: Bryan Singer
Writers: Simon Kinberg & Bryan Singer
Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence 
Genre: Action/Adventure, Science-Fiction
Rating: PG-13
Nickelodeon’s Wolverine and the X-Men introduced me to Professor X and his students. Unfortunately, the channel canceled this epic show right before it was to go into the Apocalypse thread. Therefore, going into this movie I didn’t know as much as I would have liked about this villain, but I did know enough from my research that he is one of the X-Men’s biggest opponents next to Master Mold. Since I enjoyed Days of Future Past so much, I anxiously went to the theater to see the newest X-Men film, and despite all of the flack I see critics giving this movie, I enjoyed it.

Content Guide

Violence/Scary Images: There is a good bit of violence as characteristic of X-Men films. Rocks crush several characters. Mutants use their abilities to break others’ bones, turn them into skeletons, absorb them into walls or floors so the victims suffocate, cut off heads with sand, burn away people until they disintegrate, slash people with claws, and slit other people’s throats using a locket. Some of these deaths are potentially scary for younger views. I wouldn’t recommend taking anyone under the designated rating to see this film.
Language/Crude Humor: Surprisingly there isn’t an excess of swearing. I counted two uses of h***, one usage of a**hole, one usage of d***, and one usage of godd****. The totally unnecessary usage of f*** irritated me though.
Spiritual Content: A lot of people are concerned about the spiritual content of this movie. Apocalypse does indeed claim to be a god, but a god for mutants. Some ancient peoples mass worship him near the beginning of the film, but he’s obviously portrayed as a false god.The only god-like features he has is that he’s powerful and he has a form of immortality by transferring his soul to another host. In fact, his goal is seeking omniscience. He does use a few contorted biblical references. There are some rituals performed and some cults who believe in Apocalypse. However, to counteract his insane notions, Kurt Wagner prays to the actual God and several other people mention “by the grace of God we were saved” or “I think our prayers were answered.”
Sexual Content: There are some risque dresses and some of the men are topless at some points (primarily Warnie because of his wings). Characters kiss at one point.
Drug/Alcohol Reference: There may have been some mention of alcohol, but nothing comes to mind.
Other Negative Content: Apocalypse doesn’t play around. He is manipulative and seductive and shows no mercy. Some of the “good” characters go through negative character arcs.
Positive Content: Professor Xavier has profound empathy toward others. He doesn’t look at people from the outside, he looks at them from the inside. He has a talent for finding the good in people. It’s easy to judge people like Magneto and Archangel from their actions and immediately dismiss them, but Charles sees past their exteriors to the heart of their pain. Perhaps we should remember that other people are struggling before we’re quick to anger at others’ behaviors.

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Review

An ancient mutant by the name of Apocalypse has resurfaced and seeks to reestablish his dominion over the world. Charles Xavier and his X-men must stop this powerful mutant before he destroys everything and everyone they love.
One of my favorite elements about the newest X-Men movies is the fact that each are in a different decade. I love experiencing Professor Xavier, Erik, and the X-Men grow up through 20th century and the new struggles they face in each time period. The eighties was an interesting time what with the aftermath of the Cold War and the shifting political climate. It was a prime time to have the Apocalypse plot thread. We get to see many eventual seasoned X-Men as teenagers such as Scott Summers, Jean Grey, Ororo Monroe, and Kurt Wagner. Some people complained on sites such as Rotten Tomatoes that the cast was too large. I say, that’s what you get with X-Men. There are a lot of mutants, way more than have reached the big screen, and I for one was elated to see so many who have never been adapted to live action such as Psylocke and Jubilee.
I enjoyed all of the casting choices, new and old. James McAvoy’s performance brings a lot of inspiring passion to the character. There were several scenes where he instilled hope and bravery both in the X-Men and in me. Michael Fassbender portrays Magneto’s struggling antihero character and the pain he has stored up inside of him. The young talent also added good elements to the story. Since Nightcrawler is my favorite X-Men, I especially enjoyed Kodi Smit-McPhee’s performance. Oscar Isaac did a great job as the seductive and insidious Apocalypse. I didn’t even recognize him until I saw the credits. He’s so different than Poe from Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens.
The plot progressed differently than I expected. It went into many point of views, but I felt like they all kept on one track. I loved how each of the X-Men were woven into the plot and the movie finishes with an amazing battle scene. The effects for the entire movie were very creative and visually striking. The score went perfectly with the film.
Despite the movie’s criticism, as an X-Men fan, I enjoyed X-Men: Apocalypse. I believe other X-Men fans will as well enjoy seeing their favorite superheroes up on the big screen woven into a suspenseful and compelling plot to defeat one of the oldest and terrifying of all mutants.

Positives

+ Lots of X-Men + Impressive Visual Effects + Good Plot

Negatives

- Some Poor Usage of Characters

The Bottom Line

Some people say that X-Men: Apocalypse had too many characters, but as a fan I disagree. It was great seeing a host of favorites on the big screen woven into a hefty plot surrounding one of the X-men's most formidable opponents. I don't know how the next movie is going to top this.

 

8.1

Victoria Grace Howell

Victoria Grace Howell is an artist and aspiring speculative fiction writer. She received Teen Writer of the Year in 2014 at the Florida Christian Writers Conference , a conference she attended since 2010, and the Believers Trust Award in 2015. When she's not writing her books or articles, she enjoys drawing her characters, playing the piano and practicing Kung Fu.

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