A couple weeks ago, the embargo lifted for X-Men: Apocalypse, and the reviews were less than favorable (click here for Perri’s review). For my part, I thought the film was a disappointment. It has an outstanding cast, and there are glimmers where it looks like Bryan Singer is really trying. But then he seems to lapse back into Jack the Giant Slayer mode and just puts the film on wheels where he forgets to put in character arcs or a compelling antagonist or think through the ramifications of characters actions.
After X-Men: Apocalypse, I really want Singer to hand the reins over to someone else. While I still think X2 is terrific, it’s starting to show signs of aging while Matthew Vaughn’s funky X-Men: First Class is still going strong. This is a franchise that’s ripe for other voices, and hopefully we’ll get a new filmmaker behind the camera for the next installment of the main franchise. I also hope that whoever gets the gig will try to be a bit more faithful to the comics (and I say that as someone who became a geek because of the 90s X-Men animated TV show).
But that’s just my two cents on X-Men: Apocalypse. We want to hear your thoughts! What’d you think of Oscar Isaac? Do you think Singer should keep directing these movies? What do you wish they would have done differently? What did you think of the stinger? Sound off in the comments section.