Brian Singer when it comes to X-Men is not that bad... When he's restrained. When watching this movie it suffers from the problem X-Men 3 had of the movie seems to want bigger but in doing so fails on the better aspect of "bigger and better". And this is actually the worst X-Men movie in my opinion, Why? Almost every single established character is in some way botched by this movie in terms of characterization of what we've seen so far and even the comics (it almost turns botching characters into an art form, I mean give Deadpool in X-Men Origins Wolverine credit that was at least one character) but that's not the half of it.
The plot is that Apocalypse is a mutant (or what would happen if Papa Smurf owned a mech) who keeps hopping from body to body (...somehow) because it can't handle the immense, vaguely-defined power he has. He is somehow trapped inside an Egyptian Pyramid for millennium and somehow remains dormant until 1983. Charles Xavier is teaching the X-Men and Beast now isn't blue... I'll get back to that. Mystique is now a platform for ego-stroking Jennifer Lawrence as she is worshiped by Mutants everywhere as she stops the cruelty of them, Magneto is now living with a family, set-up for past X-Men movies and The Dark Phoenix Saga and... Lets just say this takes a leaf out of the "Batman V Superman" book and has way too much plot.
Okay, people have no reason to join Apocalypse's crusade for one thing. I admit I haven't read any comics with him in it but considering what I've read on the Official Marvel Universe Wiki, he sounds like a very persuasive character - the kind that can play to good people's flaws and unleash the worst... At least that's my interpretation. His influence in this movie is "I can make you stronger" and does it... No, seriously - that's it.
Oh and with the established characters... Professor X seemed in the previous movies to be the kind of guy who can lead, is peaceful and can show that yes - humanity can be worth it in the face of persecution from everybody. In this one there are throw-away jokes to him spying on Moira McTaggert. I know the movie has to have some humour but using that as a joke is awful on so many levels, I mean screw the character being totally and utterly botched he wiped this woman's entire experience of meeting him - every single conversation and spends 3 or 4 times watching exactly what she's doing from Cerebro for no reason. Congratulations you took a very inspiring character and turned him into a complete creeper.
When it comes to the rest of the character complaints I'll list them very quickly. Beast should be a soul feared and shunned and internally a brilliant mind and pacifist - everything about that does not apply here. Magneto instead of Fassbender's usual characterization of "If you just talk to him maybe he might come round" now not only saves human lives but when his family is murdered he destroys half the world with no care for the friends he's made in the final confrontation (Hey guys, in every other movie there was a reason people followed this guy!).
Aside from many, many characters beng botched what else is wrong with this? The CGI looks like a PS2 game. Seriously, you can pick up better graphics by looking up gameplay footage of Halo, as in the original. It also feels like a whole "I know what made the franchise great, why don't we combine it all into one movie" without any kind of care for how or why. Okay onto the good stuff - the actors are pretty good, I mean I pretty much hammered in the performances aren't good but I don't think even Patrick Stewart could have saved the characterization here. I also think when stripped down to it's bare bones the plot is okay and I will say while they have NO understanding of some of the characters most of the ones that are rebooted in this one make it through unscathed. The team behind this from what I've seen is not bad - they just need more limits on what to do.
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