X – Men: Apocalypse (2016)

Quite a few years have passed since the Days Of Future Past era, the X – Men do not seem to have all that much going on. Going back many years ago, the immortal Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) becomes the very first and most powerful mutant that has ever existed. Awakening after thousands of years, he sets out on a mission to recruit some of the other mutants including Magneto (Michael Fassbender) to create a whole entire new world order. As things appear to be really going well for Apocalypse and his crew, the other X – Men, like Professor X (James McAvoy) and Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) are forming an alliance that will ultimately put an end to this new world order. What this means is that a huge battle between the good and bad mutants will now take place so the X – Men can try to stop Apocalypse from destroying all of mankind.

In the past few years we have been given three new X – Men films and after two movies that seemed as if the franchise was being revamped, it now almost makes perfect sense why the third movie was nothing besides a huge disappointment. After redeeming themselves from the Origins films, X – Men was now the new Marvel movies that had me incredibly excited. The sad thing about this is that Apocalypse is absolutely nothing to be excited about in the least bit. For starters, the movie is very overlong and nothing really seems to stick. This is not the first dull film that we have seen from X – Men, but it is definitely the first that director, Bryan Singer has given us. For what is supposed to be a really exciting movie with someone who seemed perfect to play the role of Apocalypse, the movie just falls short of everything you want out of an X – Men flick.

I would not say that the problem with this movie is the cast because we have already been shown twice that this cast can work tremendously together. All of the X – Men worked well together, but there was really something about Oscar Isaac that really did not impress me at all, which is really unusual because he had a very good year of acting in 2015. This is also what really surprises me about Bryan Singer. After seeing that this guy could really make these X – Men films one’s that are always exciting and a huge treat to see, he has finally made his dullest film of the franchise. The entire film just seemed like all Singer was doing was setting up for something bigger and better to come. One can really only hope that this is not wishful thinking for the next film, but we will see.

I don’t want to sit here and bash every ounce of this film because we do see some really good and exiting action, but because the movie is so mediocre it is hard to remember the good things about it. The whole entire plot just had so much going on that you never knew really who to look out for. The film had nobody that was really standing out because there is so many characters that none of them get to really show what their purpose was in this role. What saddens me the most about this film is that not even the impressive effects and action could save the movie. All you really get from this film when it is all said and done is nothing but a poor and mediocre approach at what should have been a movie that made an exciting experience to watch considering the previous two films were so impressive. This franchise has a lot to redeem itself with in the next film.

Overall, X – Men Apocalypse is clearly the weakest link out of Bryan Singer’s films. The next movie really desperately needs to save this one because the new X – Men films may become some movies that now people may begin to forget about. With an outstanding cast and some good action, it almost seems as if nothing can really save this movie. Singer… it’s time for you to go back to work.

Grade: D


Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

Wanna see an awesome action packed movie? This is one for you! If you are a fan of the first one you will absolutely love this. This one is set ten years after the first one ends and most of civilization is completely wiped out. The apes are finally able to live in the wilderness where they  belong. The apes have resided there for quite some time and they get sight of humans still living in the city and they feel they may need to act on this. The leader of the apes, Caeser (Andy Serkis) does not want to start a war wight them. He tells the humans that as long as they stay on their side of the bridge there will be no war. There is one problem with this. There is a generator that can bring back all the power in the city, but this is located right where the apes are living. Caeser is not happy about this, but one of the humans, (Jason Clarke) is able to connect with Caeser and let them know that the two of them can work together without anyone being harmed. One ape, Koba, (Toby Kebbell) does not like how Caeser is handling the situation this way and he decides to do something that will make him leader of the apes. Koba decides it’s time to go to war with the humans.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is an incredibly awesome movie. You have no idea who you are rooting for in this movie. This is not a movie of right versus wrong or good versus bad. This is a movie where the act is definitely the enemy. Caeser and the humans do not want to go to war with each other. As soon as Koba took over, everything changed and all the apes had to listen to what he said. In its delivery of these ideas, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes gives us something that is very impressive.

It was incredible to see how the computers were able to make the apes look so realistic for what was not an animated movie. While watching this movie you feel as if you are the humans on earth. This is a re- boot that was done correctly and it may even be considered almost as good as the Dark Knight trilogy, but that is a whole other argument. The motion- capture of movies just keeps getting better and this was a perfect movie to notice it. Everything just looked too real and it was awesome.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is something that has the audience amazed and wanting to see more. I can’t wait to see where they decide to go with the next one. This is a series that will be talked about for a long time to come.

Overall, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is a movie you have to see the first one to better understand why all of this is happening. This movie was a summer blockbuster that makes an awesome movie watching experience. Two thumbs up!

Grade= A- (Awesome!)