The First Reviews For ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Are In

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The first reviews for X-Men Apocalypse are in. Fox is aiming to create a stronger buzz for the upcoming X-Men sequel by letting the critics share their thoughts on it early. This technique may not perfectly worked because the early word of mouth of the film is definitely mixed. Most critics seem to think the film is an underwhelming, yet still decent flick. Here are some excepts from the early reviews:

“Narratively jumbled and jammed with so many characters that you give up keeping them all straight while simultaneously lamenting not seeing more of those you might actually want around, Bryan Singer’s fourth entry in the enormously profitable series he inaugurated 16 years ago undeniably builds to a cataclysmic dramatic reckoning. But mostly it just feels like a bloated, if ambitious attempt to shuffle as many mutants and specially gifted characters as possible into a story of a resurrected god ready to take over the world.” (Todd McCarthy, THR)

“I will, however, say that this feels like exactly the movie, massive cuts aside, that Singer and writer-producer Simon Kinberg wanted to make, and they’re completely unencumbered by expectation or trends in superhero movies. I think this movie is for fans of the franchise or characters only. While I could recommend Days of Future to sci-fi fans at large, I don’t think there’s much here for people who haven’t seen the previous films or know the comics well. I hate to keep comparing X-Men: Apocalypse to the movie that came directly before it, but when the movie itself refuses to let you forget it, you can’t really blame me.” (Kyle Anderson, 3/5 Nerdist)

“Director Bryan Singer pioneered the contemporary wave of superhero movies with 2000’s “X-Men,” and made a welcome return to the series just two years ago with the time-jumping “Days of Future Past.” Perhaps he should’ve quit while he was ahead. Even though “Apocalypse” hardly reps the franchise nadir (an in-joke midway through this ’80s-set pic throws deserved shade at Brett Ratner’s woeful “X-Men: The Last Stand” as one character exits “Return of the Jedi” and laments “the third one’s always the worst”), this is easily the least compelling, surprising and satisfying of Singer’s entries.” (Geoff Burkshire, Variety)

“As a conclusion to a trilogy, Apocalypse falls somewhat short. It marginalises key relationships in favour of establishing new ones, and lacks the depth and distinctive historical flavour of its immediate predecessors. But taken as the next chapter in the series, Apocalypse is an undeniably fun and entertaining adventure and does a pretty good job of establishing Xavier’s next class.” (Daniel Krupa, 7/10 IGN)

“With “X-Men: Apocalypse,” however, Singer seems to have acquired a new mutant power of his own: Monotony. Whether it’s the lack of an interesting villain, or the fact that the series’ time-travel element is forcing these mutants to meet each other (and the audience) all over again for the first time, this latest entry marks a shocking letdown from Singer’s earlier contributions; what once soared now slogs.” (Alonso Duralde, The Wrap)

“Bryan Singer’s would-be trilogy capper is a shocking miss. It is a lifeless and hollow shell of a picture, lacking exciting action, strong character interplay, or compelling storytelling. It is the nadir of the franchise, determined to make you apologize for every mean thing you’ve ever said about Brett Ratner’s rushed X-Mentrilogy capper a decade ago. X-Men: The Last Stand is X2: X-Men United compared toX-Men: Apocalypse. Heck, it’s much worse than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. At least that film tried.” (Scott Mendelson, 3/10 Forbes)

X-Men: Apocalypse has a lot of action, balanced with humor and emotion that make you think of more than just “When’s the next superpower?” There’s a ton of fan-service, especially for longtime fans of the X-Men (whether from comics, videogames, the 90s animated series, or the films) and in-jokes (including one laugh out loud one at their own expense) that should make X-fans extremely happy. From the climactic battle all the way through the final scene of the movie, my inner ten-year-old was screaming out loud. The audience of oft-jaded press and guests were whooping and left the theater smiling – a telling indication of a flat-out fun time.” (Lucas Siegel, 4/5 Comic Book)

“Perhaps prophesying such critiques, midway through X-Men: Apocalypse, Singer and Kinberg have the teen mutants go see Return of the Jedi at the local mall, and Jean Grey knowingly jokes, “We can all agree the third one is the worst.” That self-aware smirk at Hollywood wisdom also holds true for the “First Class Trilogy” too. But the remarkable consistency between all three means Apocalypse is still a pleasant reunion at Xavier’s school, even if it amounts to being primarily a victory lap for the franchise.” (David Crowe, 3/5 Den of Geek)

“Compared to the energetic, bold Days Of Future Past, it all seems so leaden. How many times can Professor Xavier remind us that there is good in Magneto — by now a mass-murderer several times over — before one of them pulls a lightsaber? How many overly familiar exhortations to heroism can Mystique really deliver and expect to be taken seriously? And did they need to replay entire scenes we’ve seen multiple times before? Aside from a few moments with Nightcrawler — in his achingly perfect Thriller jacket and Flock Of Seagulls hair — there’s no levity here, no tonal variation. The more the film harks back to other X-instalments, the more you’ll wish you were watching those instead.” (Helen O’Hara, 2/5 Empire)

Heroic Hollywood’s own review by Will Ashton dropped earlier tonight which you can read here.

What do you think of these reviews? Are you still excited to see X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27? Sound off in the comments below!

 

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  • Man… I’ve been ahead of the curve when it comes to saying Singer’s X-Men work doesn’t hold up, and that the success of DOFP had more to do with Vaughn’s pre-production work than anything Singer brought to the table.

  • SAMURAI36

    Most of these reviews sound pretty much like what BVS sounds like; people knocking it for not being the MCU.

    “X-Men has alot of characters” = Terrible!!
    “CW has alot of characters” = Great!!

    It really sickens me, how Marvel has a strangle hold over the entire genre right now. Nobody will accept anything different, as “different” now equates to being crap.

    I personally find it ironic, that alot of these reviews above to be exactly how I feel about the parts that I’ve seen from CW thus far.

    • xxjinzaxx

      Right now, pundits, critics and couch potato internet warriors are over-valuing properties. Popular does not equate to value in any way. We already know that when you beat the public over the head with the same message over and over they are compelled to accept that same message over any other. It’s jus how collective consciousness works.

      Seriously, it’s so bad that you will have individuals who have not participated in the experience give a first-hand opinion about the experience.

      Maybe social media is at great fault here, or maybe the masses are BF-morons to experience and judge things on their own. They rather opine by proxy.

      • SAMURAI36

        Man, this was so eloquently stated. Seriously. I hope you don’t mind, but I’m gonna copy/paste your whole post to my documents; not to share with anyone (unless I decide otherwise, upon which time, I’ll give you complete credit, LOL), but just to reflect on it a little more.

        But yeah, we are supposed to be living in the vaunted “Information Age”, but all I see are people deeply engaged in group-think mentality.

        It’s so sad, that just yesterday, I was talking to a friend of mine who is also a DC fan, who felt the need to “confess” (yes, that was the precise word he used, and seemed rather ashamed about it) to me that he loved CW.

        I asked him what he liked about it, and he kept avoiding the question(s). I finally cornered him (as you probably can tell on here, I can do that pretty well, LOL), and he honestly couldn’t tell me what he liked. A guy who is also a fellow writer as myself, was lost for words. What I did manage to get out of him was the fact that the dialogue was “funny”, even if misplaced, and that he thought Spidey and Black Panther were handled well. Other than that, after a good 10 minutes of humming and hawing, he couldn’t give me anything more.

        It’s almost as if he liked it, simply because he was being convinced to like it.

        Meanwhile, the few scenes that I’d seen thus far (watched some of another colleague’s bootleg–yeah that’s right, I’m not giving Marvel a single dime of my money) were absolutely ridiculous. Such as:

        Why on earth is Cap fighting Spidey, and in the middle of the fight, he stops to ask him where he’s from? Like, WHO DOES THAT???

        I could spoil a few other scenes here, but I won’t. Needless to say, from what I’d seen, CW is the typical Marvel fare; teenage dialogue, and juvenile scenarios. I’m good.

        In the meantime, ironically enough, I’m actually kinda interested in seeing X-Men. Just can’t decide if I’m gonna go see it in the theaters yet.

        • Marquis de Sade

          You luv typin’ your anti-marvel long-winded dogma’s, don’t you, Sammy?

          • Napi

            shut it already man, we already know you’re the biggest (and dumbest) Marvel fan

          • Marquis de Sade

            Let me guess, you’re one of those 12 year old dc fangurls who’s under the misguided impression that MOS/BVS are adult intellectual fare, huh?

          • Napi

            Actually I’m 20, but it’s my turn to guess… you’re the kind of teenagers that hate 50 shades of grey and you want to look so much cooler in front of the girls by saying you read the Marquis of Sade but… they still ignore you… so sad :(

          • Marquis de Sade

            “HOLY DELAYED REACTION, BATMAN!”

            Took you almost 3 whole days to concoct that lame-azzz retort, huh?

          • Napi

            Whatever you say B**** i owned you

          • Marquis de Sade

            So says those pesky voices in your head, darlin’. I hope you realize they’re not your friends, but a kindly reminder to take your daily dosage of lithium.

          • Chris Johnson

            Such hypocrisy! You don’t specialize in typing long-winded anti DC dogma I suppose……

          • Marquis de Sade

            Nooo, most of my stuff is short, succinct, an to the point, sans the pretentious hyperbole about MOS/BVS bein’ the deconstruction of fictional superheroes in leotards.

          • Chris Johnson

            I’ve noticed many of your post and they all read very much the same. You really aren’t in a position to make the statement I responded to when you are just as guilty of the very same thing.

            The point is you attack DC just as much as he attacks Marvel. You go a bit further though, attacking people personally simply because they don’t share your viewpoint.

          • Marquis de Sade

            …and yet here you are attackin’ me, and not Sammy?
            The hypocrisy of your moral superiority is not only obvious, but downright comical.

          • Chris Johnson

            Okay Marquis.

          • SAMURAI36

            What’s sad, is he’s not even interesting. Just the same ol’ drivel. I’m perfectly content with ignoring him, especially since he seems h&ll-bent on getting a rise out of me.

          • Marquis de Sade

            Oh Sammy, your silence and pseudo-apathy is deafening. LOL!

          • Chris Johnson

            He certainly seems to like you a great deal. I’ve read a few of your exchanges, and I’d say he is after you. :-)

          • Steve Steve

            I’m starting to suspect that Chris Johnson is really just Sam’s impersonation of what he thinks a west coast white person is like. I will continue my investigation… stay tuned!

          • Chris Johnson

            That’s funny, considering that I an not white and I live in NYC.

          • Steve Steve

            Hmmm. My investigation has yielded inconclusive results. Perhaps west-coast hippies are not dissimilar to pretentious, east-coast, pseudo-intellectual children. I will remain vigilant…

          • SDE456

            lmao look whos talking! smh

        • HeavyCat

          You BvS are quite lame, just bashing Marvel studios, and even supporting Xmen just because you think that hurt Marvel, (it doesn’t), is amazing how you critizice CW fights while defending a jar of piss, a rape innuendo with a jolly rancher and an encounter between SuperdepressedMan and Batpsychoman where they want to fight because batmurderman had a bad dream

          • SAMURAI36

            Congratulations!! You won your first and ONLY response from me that you’ll ever get again. I hope you cherish it, because that nonsense you said was on a Trump level.

          • Fenix

            Remember when it comes to exclamation marks, it’s one or none. :) What’d you say do for a living again?

          • SAMURAI36

            I never did. And I like how you’re nitpicking right now. Good luck with that! (!!!!!)

          • Steve Steve

            You should re-negotiate your contract with Umberto. Whatever you get paid to drive views is not enough.

          • SAMURAI36

            Is this what you guys resort to now? Just dumb, nonsensical statements?

            You could at least try to respond with something intelligent.

          • Marquis de Sade

            “INTELLIGENT”???
            You mean like your typical “DISNEY/MARVEL MUST HAVE EVERY CRITIC ON THEIR PAYROLL” tin foil hat conspiracy accusations, Sammie?

          • Steve Steve

            Just sayin’ you’re doing a great job!

          • Chris Johnson

            Or maybe he has the right to his own opinion….just as much as you do?

            What a novel idea and very difficult for so many to grasp.

          • Steve Steve

            Ah, the righteous crusader Chris Johnson has arrived to rescue Sam from my biting commentary! Plant your flag and strike up the band Johnson!

          • Chris Johnson

            Mock me if you like.

            The point stands.

          • Steve Steve

            No it doesn’t. Your self-righteous generalities are hollow and pointless. I poked fun at mouth-foaming pseudo-fan, and you stepped in to protect his honor. You deserve to be mocked.

          • Chris Johnson

            Oh Steve.

            it’s no surprise that some of you feel having the right to your own opinion, even if that opinion isn’t the same as yours hollow and pointless. You would much rather engage in senseless arguments that accomplish absolutely nothing.

            Carry on then

          • Steve Steve

            Are you a male-feminist?

          • Chris Johnson

            You can categorize me however you choose. There isn’t anything self righteous or general about being sensible or reasonable. I don’t have a problem with disagreeing. I also don’t feel as though my opinions are facts and anyone who doesn’t share my views is out of touch or simply wrong. This isn’t the case with some people it would seem.

            If these concepts are foreign to you, there isn’t anything I can do about that. Continue arguing over whose cape is longer. I’ll see myself out.

          • Steve Steve

            Bye Chris. Too bad you couldn’t stay longer. Perhaps with more time you could read my comments and show me where I expressed my opinions as facts. Don’t go away mad, just go away. 😉

          • Chris Johnson

            I didn’t mean you specifically, but that is a commonly held viewpoint. Anyway, none of it matters. Arguing any further really doesn’t accomplish anything. You don’t agree with me and that’s fine.

          • SAMURAI36

            You’re wasting your time, dude. Just put them on “ignore”. Now if I could just follow my own advice, LOL.

          • Chris Johnson

            You may be right. I don’t mind a good debate and I don’t mind agreeing to disagree, but arguing for the sake of arguing?

            It makes very little sense to me.

          • Steve Steve

            This is the first comment of your’s that I have disagreed with, if only in that you claim I disagreed previously.

            Everything you’ve said is empty drivel. I cannot disagree with nothing. That would be a paradox. Sell your platitudes on some other comment section.

          • Chris Johnson

            Well Steve, I didn’t force you to respond to any of empty drivel or platitudes, you did that all on your own. You disagreed with me about stating a poster has the right to his own opinion. This of course you consider hollow and self righteous.

            You just want to fight. You want to the last word?

            Fine. There. I just gave it to you. You can continue this yourself.

          • Chris W

            He drinks mountain dew in mommies basement for a living.

          • HeavyCat

            Sure BvS butthurt fan, Ill love your change of mind when Zack Snyder is sacked and replaced with Affleck or whatever other director with actual talent WB hires, you fanboys are the cancer of the comic book movies. Go and continue your crying in your dark corner

        • Fenix

          God, you have such horrible taste. Tell me do you also love nickleback and/or the black eyed peas?

          • SAMURAI36

            Nope to both. How’s about Sizzla and Capleton?

          • Steve Steve

            So you confirm your terrible taste! Good on ya! It is wonderfully cathartic to admit one’s own faults.

          • SAMURAI36

            I swear, you guys need girl/boyfriends, or something. GIving this much attention to someone you don’t even know, is not healthy.

            So have fun being ignored from now on.

          • Steve Steve

            Yeahoo!!!! I’ve achieved the level of “ignored” from Sammy! I am now a true member of the Heroic Hollywood community! Oh happy day!

      • Fenix

        There is no grand conspiracy BvS is really meh.

        • xxjinzaxx

          Conspiracy? No. It’s a general social observation. It applies to many aspects of our society: consumerism, politics, science, technology. There is always a consensus on these things, whether a majority or minority.

      • Marquis de Sade

        LOL! You didn’t get one date in High School, huh?

        • Chris Johnson

          Your comment speaks volumes!!!

          ..about YOU

          • Marquis de Sade

            Uhhh, I ain’t on here waxin’ pseudo-intellectual about everybody bein’ under some BORG-LIKE COLLECTIVE, cuz they prefer Marvel films over DC’s “WOE IS ME” men in tights oovre.

          • Chris Johnson

            That’s besides the point. The inability to debate without resorting to name calling or personal attacks is always a poor reflection on the person responding. Whether or not he dated 0 people or the entire graduating class is irrelevant.

          • Marquis de Sade

            …as opposed to the backhanded passive/aggressive insults bein’ bandied about by you dc sycophants? – Talk about a disconnect???

          • Chris Johnson

            I am a fan of characters, not brands. Your label doesn’t fit me.

            ..and I certainly don’t do personal insults either. It isn’t my style.

          • Marquis de Sade

            I wasn’t talkin’ bout you. I was talkin’ bout the butt-hurt dc fangurls you’re foolishly championing.

          • Chris Johnson

            Honestly, I don’t see why any of you continue to fight over DC v Marvel. Does any of it really matter? Does it change anything? I enjoyed most of the Marvel films AND also enjoyed MOS and BVS. For me, it’s always been about the characters. Arguing over which brand is better serves no purpose.

          • Marquis de Sade

            …sure it does…It’s entertaining, juvenile and cathartic fun. Just ask, Sammie. LOL!

          • Chris Johnson

            To each his own I suppose.

          • Marquis de Sade

            LOL! It must be so cool to be evolved and clueless at the same time.

          • Chris Johnson

            If you say so.

          • SAMURAI36

            Speaking for myself, I have no problem debating the different franchises, so long as both parties can be civil and have something interesting/intelligent to say.

            But unfortunately, I don’t get both/either as often as I would like.

            Color me biased, but very rarely have I been able to wrest decent dialogue from Marvel folk. It seems all they know how to do is name-call, and spew vitriol.

            The difference is painfully obvious; it’s like talking to a room full of Donald Trumps.

          • Steve Steve

            Perhaps if you behaved less like a snide, militant, anti-establishment cliche, you’d get better responses.

        • xxjinzaxx

          Did my words hurt you that much? I honestly had no idea you were one of the morons. I’ll try to apologize: Sorry? Does that help?

    • Carl

      Somehow you fail to realize that CW expertly handled all its characters as most everyone agrees.

      It seems like this movie fails at that. I think it’ll probably still be better than BvS though. :)

  • Man… I’ve been ahead of the curve when it comes to saying Singer’s X-Men work doesn’t hold up, and that the success of DOFP had more to do with Vaughn’s pre-production work than anything Singer brought to the table.

    I’ve also been ahead of the curve when I said Singer’s X-Men films prior don’t hold up. They don’t. They’re static and low energy, outside of Jackman and Alan C. doing some very good work, and some of the stuff between McKellan and Stewart.

    The best two X-films are the ones that most-closely involved Matthew Vaughn: First Class and Days of Future Past. And it’s a shame he didn’t continue with the X-Men, though I do love Kingsmen.

    • I had to post this a second time because Alan C.’s last name got caught in the ridiculously stupid filter.

      • Joseph

        Hahahaha! Well he does have a rather dirty-sounding last name.

    • SAMURAI36

      I do agree, that FC and DOFP are the best out of the X-Men collection. But, not having seen this latest installment yet, I’m gonna hold judgement till then.

    • RNG

      I agree that the original 2 XMen movies dont hold up, but we enjoy them for what they were to us at the time, and what they meant to the genre. Singer, who has done a great job revitalizing the franchise really does need to step back and allow another’s vision to be seen. I think Ratner was so bad and Vaughn let him down by leaving, so now he doesnt trust it in anyone else’s hands. With the right director XMen can out do anything Marvel puts out and everyone knows it.

      • Fenix

        Lol it’s cute how you seem to not comprehend how much a juggernaut the MCU is. Fox is stuck in 2000.

        • RNG

          What about my comment makes you think that?

          • SAMURAI36

            Nothing, he’s just trolling. Ignore him.

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  • First Class came out in 2011, so the actors have only aged 5 years, yet the movies take place over 22 years. You can’t have a gimmick like “different decade for each movie” if you do nothing else to address it besides showing what movies or music was popular during those years, then it’s a meaningless gimmick. That said, nothing I have seen for Apocalypse has screamed 1980s to me.

    • SonOfKrpton

      Fun fact, the next one is set in the 90s.

      • Ugh. So Magneto & Professor X should be in their 60s, but they’ll look 35.

  • Joe Chaisson

    Again trailer left me disappointed. Not surprised by these reviews.