Marvel NewsX-Men Marvel News #31: X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Review written by Sean Gerber June 2, 2016 Sean Gerber and Paul Hermann review the latest chapter in Fox’s Marvel mutant saga, X-Men: Apocalypse. Subscribe iTunes RSS SoundCloud Google Play Marvel News #31: X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Review was last modified: June 2nd, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related X-Men: Apocalypse 16 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sean Gerber Sean Gerber is the founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Myth Media. When he's not writing here, you can catch him as the host of Popular Opinion Podcast, Batman News, and Marvel News! previous post THE FLASH Lands DOPE Director next post Open Forum: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS You may also like Making Mine Marvel Is Now Marvel News! February 1, 2016 Making Mine Marvel IRON MAN 3 Commentary April 12, 2015 Making Mine Marvel CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST... 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This felt like a retread and a waste of most of these characters. I’m sick of Magneto being in every X-men movie. His subplot felt forced and held no emotional impact. There are so many things wrong here: I’ll just sum up and say…Singer and Kinberg need to go. Let’s get some fresh creative juices flowing. This series has lost its way and is following blind leaders… Robert Reineke There are 12 characters on the poster. And probably another half dozen that have some minor focus in the story. It’s just plan unfocused with not enough time to serve every character, subplot, and theme that they can jam in there. Especially without a strong villain to unite the various threads of the film. This seems to me to be a case of trying to simply do too much without doing anything particularly well. I think we can partly attribute the success of The Avengers and DOFP to why this film is just overstuffed. Somewhere along the way, the filmmakers became convinced that more is better. Clearly that’s not always the case. Simplicity and clear aims have value more than ever. That said, there’s nothing in the film that I think goes against the main themes of the X-Men or destroys any characters. It’s inconsequential in all senses of the word. But, there are some fine performances, Fassbender and MacAvoy in particular, but Evan Peters certainly makes Quicksilver a welcome presence. I’d like to spend more time with this Storm and Jean Grey too. Just, in a movie that has a clear purpose and isn’t overcluttered with characters and fan favorite bits. Michael Bradley I’ve seen it twice now and don’t hate it as much as most. Their are major, and I mean MAJOR, eye rolling spots, however, that I had to turn my brain off to get through. Watching Apocalypse do his recruitment a second time a second time was painful to watch. If there was a “Worst Villain” award he would win in a landslide. Sometimes he would talk like someone from 3600 BC, and then, sometimes in the same sentence, talk like he was form this time all along. The Four Horseman, besides Magneto, did absolutely nothing until the final battle. I would have preferred some sort of hostile brainwashing to just a simple power-up to get them to join. Too bad the Four Horseman form the past could have come with Apocalypse. They were badder, more powerful, and way more committed than the ones he chose. As far as the future goes, I would like to see a sequel, just in 3 or 4 years from now. Lots of other stuff to fill in until then. (Deadpool, Wolverine, Gambit) stock Welcome to my world, guys. Maybe it’s me, but I thought the well that these flicks keep going back to had run dry for quite a while now. Maybe it’s the team movie format, maybe it’s a need to be irreverent like Deadpool, or de-constructive like BvS, but the genre is in the process of eating itself, IMO. The stories have become retreads, (which happens in the comics as well) there is even mind-numbing repetitiveness in the same film. How many times did you count in CA:CW somebody mentioning getting a building dropped on them, their family, their son, their best dog? The market is in need of a breather. Let’s get back to where these flicks meant something to look forward to, and met a certain standard of storytelling instead of a over-reliance on CGI spectacle. Oumar I agree with you. But I think the reason for that is people don’t like change. People want to be told the same stories over and over again and whenever something seems new and or different, everyone loses their minds. Studios are just playing it safe, giving people what they want because these movies are too expensive to not hit with a large audience. Now that superhero films are the main box office draw, there will be less and less risks taken. Disney/Marvel take very little risk and it pays off. They make a lot of money and their films are well received. I liked apocalypse, didn’t love it. But I don’t think it’s anywhere as bad as some of the reviews have made it seem. It’s a good movie that’s not great. stock Yes, and as far as the fans go, I’ve been listening to the arguments that we need more and more and more superhero flicks from both Marvel and DC for years. But now this has become a textbook case of getting everything you want, only to find it’s not what you need. We’ve had great,(the Nolan trilogy, IMO, flawed though it is) really good (IM, GOTG, I guess CA:TWS, though I’m not all that taken with it), and then the rest, which I’m sure is worthy of arguing since I haven’t included some I would for time sake. Point is, this is a genre that has a limit to its stock of really good stories, and so I think we’re in for a time of pure filler for a while. That’s why I say take a breather. But we’ll see. Dr. Strange–Suicide Squad might be surprising even to me. Oumar Also, I know this will be a very unpopular opinion, but i do think the bar has been lowered to some extent. Spider man 2 and The Dark Knight, were much more than just superhero films, they were great films. Now we are just getting hit over the head with them one after another and not one of them is truly hitting some of these highs because we are so concerned with what comes next. Its grueling and more than a little disappointing. I’m someone that believes that these movies can and should be more than they are, but it’s difficult to please fans of the source material, bring in new ones and please mainstream audience, it’s no wonder why these films play it safe. I’m looking forward to suicide squad, not so much to Doctor Strange. Knowing the “formula” marvel has been using, I am pretty sure what to expect and how the film will play out. stock Yes, not a lot of depth or subtext, and when it is there, it seems tacked on. I just worry that this genre is going the way of the Western, though some might say that’s what helped future Westerns. Oumar Tacked on and it doesn’t really add to anything. It’s really unfortunate. At least there’s some jokes stock Yeah, that Batman is a funny guy. 🙂 Actually, I’m just waiting for somebody to come on here and tell us we’re FOS. Lol! Oumar Lolol come on man, you know there isn’t anything more important to an action sequences than levity! Robert Reineke The Western declined after Stagecoach, The Searchers, The Magnificent Seven, Rio Bravo, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, and a host of masterpieces and classics. I sure hope that the superhero genre isn’t in decline as I’d put very few films in the genre even in the relative ballpark of those. Oumar I’d agree with that Robert. I wouldn’t say it’s in decline. I think stagnant is a much better descriptor. We’ve had four of them already this year and atleast to me they have all been disappointing on a storytelling level. I don’t know whom to blame. The studios for playing it safe? Or the audience for making it all the more difficult to take risks in the medium. It doesn’t really bode well for the future. stock I guess I mean as a genre. The studios just cranked them out as they became an expectation of the movie-going audience. After Ford, Anthony Mann, Wyler, and the big name stars had made their masterpieces, where was there to go with them? It took an almost 15 year absence as the trend turned to gritty cop dramas for them to make a comeback with Eastwood making Unforgiven and then you had on tv Lonesome Dove. There was another resurgence but it wasn’t long before it turned South again. I’m with you. I don’t put many up there in that range, but I was very happy with the Nolan trilogy, and I think there are good stories that could be if they can execute them properly. Right now, it feels like a machine is cranking them out. pud333 Okay, so I finally saw the movie yesterday… Holy crap is it boring. I didn’t expect awesome, but I just never anticipated it to be this boring. I found some of it really silly too. When I saw Wolverine step out in the Weapon X getup… I just started laughing. It looked like bad cosplay. I don’t know… I have so little to say because I can’t remember much of the movie, it was that boring.