X-Men: Apocalypse is the most X-MEN comic book movie event yet and it covers a lot of ground for better or worse.
As a followup to X-Men: Days of Future Past tt of course brings back all of the key First Class players and adds a ton of newcomers and does a great job in doing so, staying faithful to characters, designs, details, and locations from the comics and previous films.
The new young team, bolstered by the return of Quicksilver in a bigger part, is awesome and bolds well for the future of the series. Nightcrawler and Storm have their appropriate accents, keeping in line with Colossus 2.0 also getting his proper accent in Deadpool. Bryan Singer and the studio are finally embracing the diversity and international flavor of the mutants that they shat on in most of the earlier movies (Looking at you Banshee, Colossus, Gambit, Pyro, etc.).
The marketing for X-Men: Apocalypse was notoriously bad and does a major disservice to the franchise’s biggest project yet because it’s simply way better than that. If you’re a fan of the series you’ll enjoy it, and if you’re a longtime reader, there’s a lot more to enjoy too – a lot of EPIC things I was surprised to a see all in one movie. Not everything was spoiled in the trailers…
What X-Men has always done best is ground itself in reality with its harsh look at the awfulness of historical world events (racism, sexism, Cuban Missile Crisis, WWII Nazism, etc.) and uses that with personal connections to help rationalize the motivations of its antagonists. That’s why Magneto and Stryker are better developed and better utilized villains than anything the other rival franchises have.
And the titular villain this time around, Apocalypse, has a bit of that too – especially when he gets started. Ultimately though, he’s not as epic he should be given his stature in the source material. The concerns over Oscar Isaac being wasted were warranted. He’s just sort of the big bad guy who can do anything but not all the time… and when he converts/recruits his horsemen those key characters become blank, personality-less slates, and not for too long.
That main story, which should be grand in scale, is partly forgettable due to being overshadowed by the tangential plots which can make for their own spinoff movies, but much of it is familiar. Perhaps the rushed nature of it all and nods to the past were all intentional to ensure the series rewrites history in a way that Singer and producer/writer Simon Kinberg wanted it to for the future of the brand and for the fans. They’re clearly trying to rush through a lot to make up for several of the previous films and to again re-establish the norm for the next movie which we’ve always known would be set in the ‘90s. That’s undoubtedly the one that will shoot next summer in Montreal for a summer 2018 release and New Mutants could come before it.
For the most part, every time you’d ask why a character does or doesn’t do something, the filmmakers do a commendable job in playing it properly though there are a few things left unanswered by the end (like the alien tech powering En Sabah Nur). With so many characters, most of them have a role to play, even if some are stuck on the sidelines and are underutilized (Angel, Psylocke).
X-Men: Apocalypse definitely delivers as a theater-worthy blockbuster even if it’s seemingly mostly setup and rewriting of familiar territory. Bring on the next one!
Sony Pictures brought me down to Atlanta two weeks ago to spend a day on the set of Baby Driver, the upcoming action thriller from Edgar Wright. That’s all I’m allowed to say until closer to the release, and at the moment the heist picture has no release date but I’m guessing a March 2017 release.
I’m here again, writing this from the lobby of Lowes hotel on warm spring day in Atlanta for another movie I can’t talk about until early next year.
Cleaning office and closet, and going through countless documents and receipts, I had forgotten just how crazy and busy 2015 really was. From our main website being acquired, to my personal website being ripped from me, at least my career afforded me the chance to see cool places and meet cool people. Here’s where I went in 2015…
Quick update! I’m still alive and working hard on screenrant.com and trying to catch up with the surge of new video game titles that just released (I’m uploading a video right now based on one!). As I went to my channel I noticed that even without updating my channel much in the last few months I crossed the 1 million views mark so cheers and thanks for watching. There’s lots of cool stuff on the way!
Last week we adopted a 5-month old puppy named Brodee. He came from a couple who also owned his very-different-looking brother, Finley, and after meeting him twice and walking him in the park, he proved to be the perfect fit for us.
Brodee’s listed as an “Aussie Shepard Mix” and the previous owners told us he’s part Border Collie, but looking at his curvy tail, there’s definitely some other breed(s) in there too.
For a while now, getting tickets for The Book of Mormon has been nearly impossible since it began its run on Broadway in 2011 after many years of development. They sellout quickly whenever touring in Toronto and after seeing the show live, we can understand why.
I didn’t pay enough attention to my YouTube channel this week but while failing to publish a series of RoboCraft videos (among other things) a few more YouTube viewers tagged along, so thank you. And thank you to the latest movie, TV, tech and video game fans who are looking towards @rob_keyes for some fun and to keep in the know about what’s cool in these industries. Cheers!
When production started on the followup to Man of Steel director Zack Snyder tweeted a pair of photos, one teasing the new Batmobile design, the other showcasing Ben Affleck’s Batman costume while standing in front of it.