X-Men: Apocalypse has been in cinemas for a couple of weeks now and is receiving some heavy criticism, with some calling it one of the weaker movies in the popular X-Men series, ahead of only X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Granted, it was always going to be a task to top X-Men: Days Of Future Past, but I think director Bryan Singer did a fantastic job at following up his magnum opus. Heck, I think X-Men: Apocalypse is one of the better X-Men films out there! While the movie will continue to divide audiences and serve as a punching bag for critics everywhere, I’m here to list down 12 things X-Men: Apocalypse did incredibly well.
Sure, it isn’t a perfect movie. It starts out a little slow and takes its time with introducing us to characters we’re already all too familiar with, but when it gets going, it goes ape-sh*t crazy and takes us on a roller-coaster ride of bombastic visual effects and all-out mutant mayhem. And I say that in a good way. At the end of the day, don’t trust what others have to say... go see X-Men: Apocalypse for yourself and if you’re like me, you’ll want to see it a few more times once you’re out of the cinema.
11 Wolverine’s Cameo
10 Post-Credits Tease
9 It’s Action-Packed!
Apocalypse may have some pacing issues, but you’ll never be able to fault them when it comes to the action. Some of the visual effects may be iffy, but once the action gets started the movie loses its mind…in a good way. The action doesn’t stop and things just get more and more intense. Apocalypse himself is a worthy adversary to the X-Men as a whole, which makes the massive action scenes a lot of fun to watch. Bryan Singer may be a lot of things, but boring he is not. The man knows how to direct an action scene and he amps up the crazy in this movie.
8 Charles Xavier – Erik Lehnsherr Relationship
The core of the X-Men franchise has always been the complicated relationship between Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr. Granted, it would make a lot more sense for Charles to just wipe Erik’s memory so that he isn’t a lethal threat to millions of innocent people, but I guess that’s what makes it such a complex dynamic; they won’t use their powers to destroy the other, but they’ll do everything in their power to stop the other from succeeding.
7 Music, Score, and Soundtrack
One aspect I’ve always enjoyed when it comes to the X-Men franchise is the music by composer John Ottman. There’s something about the signature X-Men opening theme that gets my blood rushing and has me pumped for all the mutant awesomeness that’s about to unfold on screen. I dare say I even like the music in most X-Men movies better than anything I’ve heard from the Marvel Cinematic Universe… except for Guardians of the Galaxy, of course, because let’s just all agree that the score and song selection for Guardians was beyond perfect.
6 New Mutants
5 Sophie Turner as Jean Grey
4 Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse
3 The Tone Is Perfect
What I love most about X-Men: Apocalypse is that it feels like an episode from the '90s X-Men animated series. I’m sure that won’t sit well with some folks, and that’s all right... different strokes and all that. But when I think about the X-Men, the first thing that comes to mind is undoubtedly the '90s cartoon and the action figures I had as a kid.
2 The Future Is X-Citing
1 Magneto is Even More Human
Arguably one of the most human elements of the X-Men films has always been Magneto’s story. When the first X-Men movie came out 16 years ago, it opened with a tragic scene from Magneto’s past. Just when you thought they couldn’t humanize the "Master of Magnetism" any more, they go ahead and give you even more reason to like him. Michael Fassbender couldn’t be more perfect as the metal-wielding force to be reckoned with, and he brings that same genuine intensity to the character yet again in X-Men: Apocalypse. It wasn’t like we needed more reason to care about Magneto’s place in this series, but Singer’s latest take on Erik Lensher’s complex character is most welcome.
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