X-men Apocalypse Movie Review

X-men Apocalypse is an average super hero movie. The problem is that it could have been great. To my mind Apocalypse is the coolest villain in the X-men Universe. What makes him cool is that he is immortal and able to grown in size. One of my favourite X-men cartoons was one where Apocalypse grows into the size of the Statue of Liberty or bigger and the X-men have to battle him in his gargantuan form. That’s what made him an awesome supervillan.  Sadly in the movie he comes across as just another characterless destroy-the-world bad guy. He doesn’t even make the mechanical sounds (which made his character more menacing in the cartoons) when he moves. The only time when Apocalypse does increase in size is during a brief unconscious sequence between him and Professor Xavier.

The Tragedy of X-men Apocalypse is that they could have given us something original by following the comic/ cartoons more faithfully. Instead we get to see more buildings being destroyed which after so many superhero movies is becoming rather stock.

The movie also suffers a bit from Wolverine’s absence. Sure, he is there for one scene/action sequence but that’s it. Unfortunately the rest of the cast is rather bland with only Jennifer Lawrence putting in a solid performance as Mystique.  Even Peters also wasn’t bad in his role as Quicksilver.

Despite these flaws there is no denying that this is an entertaining movie with plenty of great special effects.

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Troydon Wainwright is a philosopher and Reiki Master based in Cape Town. Born with mild cerebral palsy and dyslexia, Toydon learnt to write as a way to overcome the barriers his dyslexia placed in front of him. “I wrote my way out of dyslexia,” said Troydon, “or at least to the point where reading and writing aren’t a problem anymore.” During the day he works as an educational facilitator (someone who helps special needs students cope academically and become more independent). At night he dedicates his time to writing. He has won a Nova award for his short story, The Sangoma’s Storm, and been a feature poet at the Off the Wall poetry readings in Cape Town and at Cape Town Central Library. Three of his poems were also included in the anthology Africa’s Best New Poets. He has also been published in the South African Literary journal, New Contrast. One of his Facebook posts, in which he took a stand against racism, has gone viral (http://www.troydonwainwright.com/when-love-went-viral/).

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