Times at Bridgnorth Majestic Cinema: Weekdays: 5:10pm and 8:30pm and Weekends: 1:50pm, 5:10pm and 8:30pm
Reviewed by Charlie Pugh from Bridgnorth, who is a second year film studies student at Wolverhampton University. Charlie lives and breathes cinema and particularly loves Bridgnorth Majestic.
A decade on from the universe-altering effects of X-Men: Days of Future Past Charles Xavier’s (James McAvoy) School for Gifted Mutants is thriving again. With new additions such as Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Jean Grey (Olivia Munn) and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) life couldn’t be better for mutants. But when Xavier is kidnapped by Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and the first ever mutant Apocalypse (Oscar Issac), his former flame Moira (Rose Byrne) and adopted sister Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) must train and convince these young recruits to become the “true” X-Men.
When compared to other superhero films of the year, such as Deadpool or the epic Captain America, X-Men Apocalypse falls a bit flat in terms of the narrative with certain events feeling like rehashes of material seen in previous films. That said, it’s not a bad film and is certainly entertaining, even though it’s a bit convoluted with thrilling set-pieces and moments that will make any Marvel fan’s heart soar.
The acting is top-notch; Fassbender successfully conveys the tragedy of Magneto’s character, Smit-McPhee brings fan-favourite Nightcrawler back in a big way and Evan Peters steals the show as the rib-tickling Qucksilver.
Overall X-Men:Apocalypse may not be the best comic-book movie of the year, but it’s still worth watching for its outstanding moments and great acting.