X-Men: Apocalypse is not a very good movie, but it is an extremely comic book-y movie, which is to say that it feels very much like a one-to-one translation of your typical X-Men comic. Rather than focusing on making audiences really care about the characters, Apocalypse prioritises action and visual spectacle.
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Logan truly feels like the end of an era for the X-Men movies. Not just because Hugh Jackman is leaving the character behind, but because it comes at a time when the franchise itself feels up in the air. X-Men: Apocalypse disappointed, Deadpool wowed, and TV entry Legion is surprising. Who knows what's next?
Back in 2012 when Disney bought Lucasfilm, the plan was simple. Starting in 2015, they'd release a new Star Wars movie every year -- and that's the plan up to 2019's Episode IX. We all assumed a new Star Wars Story would follow in 2020 but publicly, very little had been said about the possibility. Until today.
"Tone." It's a word we've heard a lot lately. From the dark tone of Batman v Superman, the adventurous tone of Captain America: Civil War and tone-related reshoots on Rogue One, everyone is talking about tone. And now tone is being blamed for much of the Fantastic Four's failure.
Everything that's good, and bad, about X-Men: Apocalypse can be traced to it being part of the successful X-Men franchise. It's not only the third film in the series (in the new movie continuity), but also the sixth (overall), and also the ninth (if you count solo movies) which creates certain expectations -- expectations that no movie could possibly meet.
There's been a lot of rumours circulating about the third -- and supposedly final -- Wolverine movie. It's going to be violent. It's going to have Patrick Stewart's Professor X. It's going to be set in the future. Well, producer Simon Kinberg just revealed that pretty much all of those things are true.