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Film Review : X-Men Apocalypse

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On 23/05/2016
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The latest installment of the X-Men series is out in 75 countries, though its yet to release in US but the craze for the film is evident with its weekend report at the Box office. It opened at No.1 in 71 markets out of the 75 nation release which clearly shows how the X-Men fans were waiting for it. So, for me its high time to review ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ 3 days prior to the US release.
The story is very much same from the comics with minor changes in the screenplay, see to be frank a fantasy super hero film is all about the win of good over evil. This is no different too, having said that, what works for these films is their screenplay. And here the screenplay writer Simon Kinberg has done a very good job as its engaging and entertaining. Even the new to X-Men world people will also love it I think. Direction of Brayan Singer is very proficient, how nicely he joined all the threads of the complex screenplay to complete the ‘X-Men:First class’ triology.
I know its difficult to write this script and even four writers Bryan Singer, Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris and Simon Kinberg failed to create exactly a fresh script for the movie, some scenes makes us feel the ‘been there, done that’ feeling. Editing of John Ottman and Michael Louis Hill is very good, though Indian censor are more crisper than them (Pun Intended) as they chopped the ‘Ram, Krishna, Yarvy’ Dialogue of En Sabah Nur/Apocalypse from the movie. VFX/CGI is first rate which makes the Cinematography of Newton Thomas Sigel mammoth. Music by John Ottman gives us the Deja Vu feeling too like some scenes in the movie. On the performance front, James McAvoy as Prof. Charles leads the pack with his very Skillful performance plus his looks in the movie is damn positive to give character much required depth and honesty. Michael Fassbender as Magneto is superb again but yes he has very less good dialogues this time to mouth. Jennifer Lawrance as Mystique looks great in everything she does in the movie, she is gorgeous in every frame, special mention of her intro scene but I am dissapointed because like Michael Fassbender her role lacks depth and even she has very less screen time unlike ‘Days of Future Past’ where the entire plot revolved around her.
Strange to see such a big global star Lawrence underused. Oscar Isaac as En Sabah Nur/Apocalypse did looked menacing and effective, all thanks to the heavy make up and CGI. Sophie Turner as young Jean Grey is superb. Kodi Smit-McPhee as Kurt Wagner and Evan Peters as Peter Maximoff are funny and impactful. Rest all lent nice support to the lead cast. Wolvorine fans will too get some solid 2-3 minutes in it. So all in all, It has many whistle worthy scenes and many Goose bumpy ones too but not as good the ‘First Class’ and definately not as bad as ‘The Last Stand’ but its in between or I would say up there with ‘Days of future Past’. A good film but not novel, must watch for X-men diehard fans and for others I would say, give it a shot, you might be the next Fan of this series. 3 stars out of 5 from my side.

Agam Anand
Agam Anand is a Novelist and a Stand-Up Artist. He has written two Novels, his 1st novel 'A Non Entity' became an instant hit among youths while his second one 'The Colossal Illusion' ranked in the Top 100 best selling books in a day of its release on Amazon, it also won the TCK Reader's Choice Awards 2019 in USA, for being the best Romantic Novel of the year. Anand was also nominated in the Author of the year category at the NE8x Literature Festival 2019 for 'The Colossal Illusion'. He has graduated from patna in Accounts and did his Masters from Kolkata but he is more interested in writing, Litearature, Philosophy and internet. He is a Cinema Buff, Cricket lover, Very Positive and wants to see everyone Happy.

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