Presented by James M. Tate / 6/15/2016 / No comments / 2016 , franchise , hugh jackman , jennifer lawrence
X-MEN: APOCALYPSE FEATURING HUGH JACKMAN
|THE X-MEN MUPPET BABY FILMS SUSTAIN BREEZILY Year: 2016|
There's one scene where three teenagers... just regular folk, not mutants... are walking out of the latest STAR WARS flick...Taking place in the "Pac Man Era," it isn't FORCE AWAKENS but RETURN OF THE JEDI circa 1983. One kid thinks (like most) that EMPIRE is the best, and to another the 1977 original is topnotch, while the wisest quips, "The third movie is always the worst" – and that's right at you, Bret 'Ewok' Ratner. His vehicle, number three in the original franchise, was the first feature not directed (or even produced) by the prime X-MEN guardian, Bryan Singer, whose first outing never does get a fair amount of credit for showing audiences that "modern" comic book movies can really work: before SPIDER-MAN, IRON MAN or AVENGERS...
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|MOVIE RATING: ***|
The end (like many a comic book film the last decade) goes on too long. A searing battle against a new main villain who, shown in the prologue and having been around during the B.C. Pyramid age, is so powerful there's not much suspense. For a little while it's like watching The Little Rascals trying to take down Lucifer himself. But in all, APOCALYPSE finds various pockets to entertain those who are, in particular, big fans of the franchise, which is good and bad. With Singer at the helm, the new X-MEN is something you'll either embrace or scratch your head at. Meanwhile, Jennifer Lawrence makes her final appearance as the blue bombshell shape-shifter, seeming in a lethargic "gimme a paycheck" mode throughout. And yes, Wolverine shows up, practically falling in love with Jean Gray all over again, and this time she's half his age... It is an X-MAN's world, indeed.