Sidenote: I’m in Korea so I’m a little late with my review,it get’s here a few weeks late.
Ok so lets get to the basics, this is a good movie.Good actions scenes strong characters.Great character development.
If I wasn’t a comic reader I would give this movie a 9.2/10.
But let’s be real, I am a comic book reader and that’s not the real score for me.X-Men helped start my love for comics ,so let’s get into a real conversation with this movie.Let’s start with the good.
What I loved.
I loved the few moments they gave to Quicksilver.The whole scene with him running on the wall of Kitchen in the Pentagon.Taking his time pulling pranks,making people punch themselves giving people wedgies,moving liquid while it was mid air was beautiful.I also love the music they played during his scene and how, he really waited to t he very last minute to save everyone from the bullets,lastly pushing the bullets away from his dad.The characters is such a whimsical and carefree rogue(yeah he’s definitely a thief I mean did you see all those Twinkies and TV’s), he’s the only one without major issues in the movie.I loved his quick change scenes and his outfit,I was a little worried about the pictures I had seen before the movie came out.The sad thing is that he wasn’t in more of the movie.
Easter Eggs and other good stuff
So just in case you didn’t pay attention, you might notice when Quicksilver met Magneto and saw Magneto use his powers he was like “My Mom knew a guy…” yeah Magneto is his father.Secondly I noticed a scene with a girl watching Magneto and the stadium going over.It’s my speculation that this girl is the same girl you later at Quicksilver house in the end.His sister,the only odd thing about this ,is his sister in the movie is just a kid.Why is that odd because the only full blooded sister he has is Scarlet With,who is his twin.Is this girl suppose to be Magneto’s other kid,is she just Quicksilver’s half sibling,or did they just cut out the Scarlet Witch *shrug*.
Ok it’s not an Easter Egg,but did you catch the time traveling episode of the Star Trek,it was playing on the TV in Hank’s ‘basement?’.Also I realized watching this in Korea there are a lot of things you wouldn’t get if you weren’t American’s so while we where laughing about things it was other wise silent.I loved the accusation of Magneto either killing Kennedy,or the alternative that he was killed because he was a mutant,and Magneto tried unsuccessfully to save him.This by far is my favorite Kennedy conspiracy to date.Also I really loved how one of the first things we saw after time traveling was a lava lamp, it set the mood,I think.I also loved Nixon, I think whoever this impersonator was, really captured the essence of the president.I couldn’t help but chuckle when he did the double piece sign thing.Also I really like that when they showed the older sentinels it was really reminiscent of the original comic and TV adaptations.And I love and hate that this movie gave me little heart attacks every time a mutant was killed.I was just like NO, Bobby,Pyro,,Colossus,Storm, Bishop… … don’t die … … and seeing Magneto get stabbed,I was like NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. But rather he than Piccard and Kitty.
No Kitty for You
Ok, I know, I know people love Wolverine, but as far as I’m concerned he can kick rocks,I do understand how Singer was saying the age thing wouldn’t have worked for sending Kitty into the past,but the comic book did it with enough with insight to make it work.At the end of the day,I don’t believe him , they did it because Hugh Jackman makes sales,at the end of the day it’s about money and popularity.If the movie doesn’t sell well, you can’t afford to make sequels.But could you imagine how awesome it would have been to have a female main character in a comic book movie.Every last one out staring a woman has sucked,Elecktra,Tank girl, and the other hero/villain movie that shall not be named(let’s just say it’s staring the same character that plays Storm).I just feel like he didn’t feel capable of making a movie starting a semi popular actor in the place.I understand it was easier to do it this way,but I think it sad that comic book writers had such a good story arc with a female main characters,but in 2014 we can’t. It would have been a lot harder to write yes I’ll give them that,and I do understand it might be harder for a young girl/woman to get them to see what needs to be done.But it’s not like that’s how it happened in the comic,… … oh wait that is …. …
OK I understand establishing Bishop for X-Men Apocalypse is a good thing. I like this guy but I’m not sure what he’s doing in this movie.Yes he’s from a distopian future, but not from this distopian future.This X-Men arc is based on X Men issues 141 and 142.Bishop doesn’t make an appearance until 282…. .Though in the TV show he did replace Kitty and go into the past for this story-line,but being the fact that Wolverine takes this role….he just doesn’t fit.
Ok,so let’s get something straight.Unlike Wolverine,Storm,Warpath,Blink,Bishop,Colossus and everyone else in this.He, professor X,Cyclopes,Jean and Beast are only original X-Men mutants, from the first issue.And I just can’t appreciate the fact that they have such a young actor cast to play him,a beard can’t hide that baby face.But I had this same problems with the original trilogy as well.First generation mutants should be older,it’s like the Halle Berry casting for storm,yes they’re good actors but unlike Jackman,they actually just don’t fit the character.I don’t care how good or bad of an actor he is ,he’s too young.
Trask(I doe’t matter if your black or white ….. … as long as you keep continuity in the universe )
So X-Men pulled what I’m forever coining as Two Face Effect. Ok, what I mean by this is you remember the Tim Burton Batman movie from the 90’s,Harvey Dent was cast as a black guy, but with the changing of the director he became white again.This same thing happened with these movies, trying to make the cast more ‘diverse'(which for the X-Men isn’t needed,being the fact that they been quite diverse for a while) you ruin the continuity of the movie.This same thing was done when they showed Trask as being a black guy in one of the prior movies.
Ok let’s just get this on the table Hugh Jackman is a great actor and he put in a great performance but I still can’t get past the fact that it should have been Kitty.To be honest to me it only makes sense if Kitty or Bishop time traveling, being the fact that these two are the only ones really know for doing it.But being the fact that Wolverine is Fox’s cash cow he is the main character.Yes I know he’s a nice looking guy ,sorry for me that’s not enough justification for him to be the center of every single X-Men movie.
The other movies never happened now?
So at the end of the movie you’ll notice Scott and Jean are alive again.Killing Scott in the third movie was idiotic to begin with, but are we just suppose to pretend that the Phoenix saga never happened. Did it possess someone else,are we gonna have to see it happen all over again?I mean they messed up by having Wolverine kill her anyway… I mean the phoenix was so powerful the only person able to really kill her was herself,so she committed suicide by throwing herself in front of a laser to save the other X-Men(too much detail for this post but that’s basically what you need to know).I mean I’m happy three doesn’t exist anymore,but like this rewriting of history just for the possibility to re-due the movies over again is tiring.I mean I like comic book movies,but I want a ten year break before we do remakes.Can you give me a little time to forget the first set of movies first.Please ,and thank you.I mean let’s try other comics how about the Warrior,the Defenders,Excalibur,Teen Titans,Static,Xombie,the Runaways,I mean,can Wonder Woman,or John Jones get a movie.Let’s make a Mutant-X movie.I mean there are so many series out there,and I love my X-Men,Batman,Super-Man,F.F., and Spider Man.But there are other comics that can be made into movies.We really don’t have to remake the same ones every five years.
The credits were super long before the ending came.And you know that every singlet person walked out but me and my friends.I was just thinking, haven’t you people ever watched a Marvel movie before, you should know better than to leave before the credits end,it’s just common sense to me.So basically all you really need to know is that their bringing Apocalypse into the next movie.They had people worshiping and chanting while Apocalypses, quickly is making a pyramid.It was simple and didn’t give half as much info as C.A.:Winter Soldier did.
My final grade:
So don’t hate me but as a comic book movie if it hadn’t replaced Kitty it could have gotten like a 8.6 for all the inaccuracies,but being the fact that they actually took out the main character and replaced her because of popularity and because they lack the ingenuity to make a story line with her(even though it’s already been written so they could just follow the original comic) I give this movie a 8.19,with no curve.We don’t round up grades here.