Gradebook: X-Men Apocalypse
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Chad Gleason: X-Men Apocalypse (10/10)
This is the best X-Men movie in my humble opinion. I loved every moment of the film. Wonderful return of the characters we love an exciting return of the characters we know about but are seeing for the first time again. The villain was very convincing and interesting and I love how the good guys got together. There was a lot of great set up an amazing pay off in the end. This is how you do it a comic book movie and I congratulate Brian Singer and his amazing team for making another engaging chapter in this pretty damn incredible franchise. I don’t how they will top this one but I am looking forward to the future of the X-Men.
Bryan Sudfield: X-Men: Apocalypse (7/10)
I don’t understand the mixed reception this film is getting. It was so enjoyable! The tension involving Apocalypse (played with tons of menace by Oscar Isaac) was really intriguing and insane. I loved the returning performances (except for Jennifer Lawrence, who I thought was awful in this film sadly). Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner and Kodi Smit-McPhee were all stellar in this. The action was well done and this film was just a fun time. Was it as good as First Class or Days of Future Past? Sadly no. The pacing is all over the place, which isn’t something positive. But, like I said, I really had a great time with the film.
Nick Casaletto: X-Men: Apocalypse (7/10)
The thing that makes me most disappointed about ‘Apocalypse’ is the amount of potential it had. I love James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender as Professor X and Magneto, as they bring their all to these characters every single time . They are without a doubt the best part of this new trilogy. Both of them have amazing chemistry, which unfortunately lacks here as they have very little screen time together. Feeling under her slender fingers the warm and soft, smooth skin of the nymph, the neat spots of her papillae, Elena felt more and more pleasure permeate her with each touch, as if the very flesh of the magical creature was filled with passion, flowing from it to Elena with a single touch. Minute after minute passed, and the woman felt that her strength was already leaving her, her xika could no longer maintain the same level of pleasure, and realizing this, Hammer of Thor-Official Distributor smoothly stopped the caresses, and helped her to rise again. As she rose from the thick grass,. The story as a whole is fine and basic enough and I loved how the new characters were portrayed. I just found the character of Apocalypse to be cliched, uninteresting and even laughable at times. Poor Oscar Isaac was given very little work with and a makeup job that makes his performances almost emotionless. The powers and final act were all great and the Quicksilver ‘Sweet Dreams’ sequence had me smiling from ear to ear. What I love about these new X-Men films is that they seemed more personal and emotional than other films of the genre, and that in my opinion was severely lacking here. They substituted character development for spectacle (minus Magneto, Professor X and Jean Grey) and that makes this film feel bloated and just filler. I do, however, love that we got to see the X-Men working together as a team, and how they were all needed in one way or another. I just really wish there was more of an emotional pay off, as the standard was set so high with the previous two installments.
Tony Estrada: X-Men: Apocalypse (7/10)
The movie isn’t as good as X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past but it’s still an entertaining and solid superhero flick that manages to keep this franchise fresh. This installment still delivers on what has made this franchise so great such as great performances, emotional moments, exciting action sequences, great direction, and a well-written script. The cinematography looks as sharp as all the other X-Men films and the climax especially the second half was just epic. There are some pacing issues, some characters like Psylocke or Storm are very underused, the first half of the climax can get quite messy, and Apocalypse can be a very hit-and-miss antagonist for me where he’s great in some moments but very weak in other moments. Overall, X-Men: Apocalypse doesn’t disappoint and continues to deliver the elements that make this franchise so fresh and exciting with memorable characters, great performances including the newcomers, amazing action sequences, a beautiful score, impressive writing and direction, and another awesome Quicksilver scene that is just as entertaining as his scene in Days of Future Past.
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