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X-Men: Apocalypse Review (2016)

X-Men: Apocalypse will have you brimming with mixed feelings about the movie. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that it is Bryan Singer’s most mediocre Marvel attempt ever. Kind of a mixed baggage actually, has so many flaws and yet so many thrilling scenes to keep you riveted.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE ATTIRE

En Sabah Nur is here. But no one takes him seriously. Is it the attire? Is it the other-worldliness? Or is it the fact that he gets scorned at so many times that people laugh at him? Or it could probably be the panache Oscar Isaac was missing? In the comical world Apocalypse is a complete badass, who makes death his servant. Even the animated series is trickling down with his inhumane acts. Here, not so much.

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The good thing about the movie is that it is really dark. Death is a quickie affair and Singer doesn’t stop singing with it throughout the flick. What he tries gorgeously this time to bring in the front-line is the spotlight Summers deserves and Tye Sheridan aces Scott to perfection. He gets a proper screen time unlike prequels with a really powerful laser shot that will give you happy feels for him.

The high point of X-Men Apocalypse is Peter Maximoff hands down. He brings in a few laughs as he coolly sways around in bullet time to set things right. Watch out for that awesome bit!

Michael Fassbender is still the pillar holding this X-Men timeline together. With his extraordinary acting prowess he makes Magneto one of the most revered characters ever. You can’t help but feel sorry for the fate he ends up with every single time when he tries to do good. James McAvoy still does a great Charles. We finally get to see Alex Summers in action, but sadly it was ephemeral.

DOWNSIDES OF X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

I didn’t like the fact that Singer decided to go with a theatrical resounding voice for Apocalypse whenever he would try to jackhammer a point. Also, Apocalypse isn’t really psychotic, not at all terrifying to look at, and it would seem hanging out with him wouldn’t be a problem. His regalia quite odd and the flair we expected in him badly missing.

That Wolverine bit in the X-Men: Apocalypse will definitely give you the jitters, but Jean trying to pacify the animal seemed so forced that you wonder where the subtlety is. We could have lived without it Bryan! At times the movie flings into uncalled corners where you can pinpoint the incongruity and the missing gravity. Characters don’t spend time grieving or even wonder-struck at what’s happening. We can blame editing for that.

OTHER MCU CHARACTERS IN X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

We see Jubilee here and finally some Sentinels that will fill you up with the animated series’ nostalgic vibes. Blob cameo was a pleasant wink. Eventually we get a glimpse at what’s coming in Wolverine 3 which makes MCU imminence a delectable treat. Wink at Mister Sinister!

But you still overlook it all since it is a comic after all. Things are supposed to hole that way. All in all it was really entertaining.

There is no better way to put it as Jean, who says,

“At least we can all agree the third one is always the worst”.

I am not going to debate on that. She just proves the point, as if Bryan knew midway that X-Men: Apocalypse was going to end up in shambles, and tries to justify the movie with that sneer.

All in all, X-Men: Apocalypse is nothing but a one time forgetful watch.

Avengers: Age of Ultron Review (2015)

Avengers: Age of Ultron is yet another good Marvel movie where adrenaline is on dope. Started out with the first one, on a high amped note and it simply pervades throughout. Avengers: Age of Ultron literally breathes on Kabooms and Kapows. The action is sheer beauty! So exquisite you have to go back in time to watch minute movements, or….or go watch it again (no need to thank) to relive the eternal divine thrashing.

Catchphrases are snappy and witty just the way Marvel likes it. Editing is superb considering the incessant violent upbeat theme of the movie. Drama bits are framed quite great. Nat and Bruce’s chemistry brilliantly shot!

Ultron is downright ravishing. Spader’s voice gives the character a brilliant gravity. He sways in pizzazz with a unique confidence that he bears throughout the flick. There are destructive fight sequences in the movie that would make you jump off your seat. There is music in the rubbles and that is such a big turn on!

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Sceptre has seen places. Long lost from Loki’s palms, we had seen it being captured by S.H.I.E.L.D in the prequel. The movie begins with Avengers fighting to take back the mysterious weapon from the hands of Hydra. As the frames begin, we are subjected to orgasmic takedowns and swift kills as the assembled combatants show a visually breathtaking pleasing sight of non-stop action. It is then when characters like Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver come into picture. Stark’s horrifying perception of the world with Avengers’ dead bodies piled up in failure, as shown to him by Wanda forces his change of heart, and he proceeds with his Ultron plan that goes kaput. In comes the badass villain as a party pooper with a tasteful yet melting voice that reeks of perversion. The adventure begins thereon and we feast our eyes to a mind numbing plot that Ultron bringeth.

Andy Serkis gives a phenomenal cameo as Klaw. His introduction to the storyline was subtle with clawed imprints on his neck (wink intended). When are we having a Black Panther movie?

The Introduction of Vision to the Marvel tale is entrancing too. The way he catches hold of himself to see his reflection and contemplates about beauty is marvelously captured. Bettany imparts Vision a profound charm and makes you love the character almost instantly.

One of the most top-notch badass scenes from the movie is when Hulk goes rogue, and Iron Man has to call Veronica to shut him down. The action sequence that follows is an eye-popping visual feast. Two of the most daring action blows are delivered by Cap and Iron Man when they get their shots on Ultron at two different places. Both make the most of it! It is a delight to watch Cap, a mere mortal, without a suit, go head on with the big badass Ultron. Cap and Thor’s teaming up, the Vibranium wonder and Mjolnir’s punch, hands down out of the world. We see a lot of Hawkeye this time. The underrated hero breathes the screen with a thoughtful charisma and hatches a surprise for everybody.

With Marvel’s roots deep in comics, we are aware that the dark bits aren’t supposed to be bluntly manifested. Gore is never properly shown. Nobody in the background of the tale actually dies. With that spirit in mind, Marvel continues to open its doors for all. To show every crucial character in a limited time is a daunting task. That is what happens here as we witness a stuffed up window with every superheroes’ face on it. Forget these downsides and the movie is nothing but a constant rhythm of adrenaline war.

You can’t miss it for the world. Go today!