Number 1000!!! – Friday, October 28th - Larry H. publishes his one thousandth movie review 1997-2022
X-Men: Apocalypse
Released:  May 9, 2016
“He’s some kind of god and he’s going to rise up again and take judgment on the world; the four are always with him – like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.”
That’s pretty biblical; straight out of the Book of Revelation.  But this latest episode of the X-Men Franchise is straight out of Director and Co-writer Bryan Singer who has been a major franchise contributor all the way back to 2000 when he directed and co-wrote the first of nine X-Men films.  Six X-Men, two Wolverine, and Deadpool.  Singer’s only 50, but he’s been a force in Hollywood for 20 years when he directed “The Usual Suspects” in 1995 and it won two Oscars for writing and acting for Kevin Spacey.
This X-Men movie returns to the basic theme of Mutants having special powers used for the good of humanity.  Can’t argue with that premise.  These super-hero movies with huge budgets have created a contest among some of the giants of the film industry of “who can make the most dazzling film.”   The spectacular visual effects and artistic designs are mind-boggling when considering how far movie-making has come in the last 10-20 years.   And we are the better for it.
However, there are consequences.  Two of the most talented actors of this generation (Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender) are in this movie, but the cinematography, music, costumes, make-up and sound almost obliterate their performances.  Don’t get me wrong; J Law still looks good in blue and Fassbender’s rendition of a grieving father holding his dying wife and daughter were riveting, but a star’s acting skills can easily get swept under the digital post-production rug.
James McAvoy is back as Professor Charles Xavier who runs the School for the Gifted which teaches its students how to control their special powers.  Every universe needs a school with a mission to help mutants.  Mutants have rights, too. 
Oscar “Inside Llewyn Davis” Isaac is magnificent as Apocalypse aka En Sabah Nur under his multiple prosthetics, piles of makeup, and alluring costume appropriate for a god-like figure who awakens in Ancient Egypt with an agenda of cleansing the world of perceived reckless and irresponsible behavior.   Professor X and his band of do-gooders must push back and we have a major conflict that results in much face-to-face brutal combat and destruction of the world’s structures.
Director Singer spent his entire $178 million budget and the bulk of it was visually apparent and the movie boasts that it created 15,000 jobs in making this movie.  It’s  interesting that touting the jobs stat was important to the producers.  We’ll see if that tidbit also becomes an industry contest.  Rock ‘n Roll.
Grade 87.  Larry H.  

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