X-Men: Apocalypse Movie Review (Spoiler-Free)

 

Spoiler-Free review of the 20th Century FOX film X-Men: Apocalypse, directed by Bryan Singer and starring James McAvoy (Professor Charles Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Magneto) and Oscar Isaac (Apocalypse).  Overall, the movie is good not great.  There was a very nice duality between a heartwarming introduction with the X-Men and a very ominous build-up to the main threat who is Apocalypse and his four horsemen.  Unfortunately, the film dropped in quality somewhere around the third act.  The resolution was lackluster and it was more than apparent that a lot was cut from the theatrical release.

This film is the sequel to the 2014 comic book film X-Men: Days of Future Past.  This film adapts one of the most powerful and dangerous X-Men villains in history.  Isaac portrays the mutant villain Apocalypse who believes that only the strong will survive his cleansing of the Earth.

With Apocalypse’s first onscreen appearance, comes the rebooting of several X-Men members:  Cyclops, Jean Grey, Nightcrawler, Angel, Storm and to a degree, Psylocke.  Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Rose Byrne (Moira McTaggert), Evan Peters (Quicksilver) and Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) all reprise their roles from their previous X-Men film appearances.

 

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Disney and Netflix Become Exclusive

 

Disney and Netflix have signed an exclusive paid television broadcast deal.  This September, Netflix will have access to stream all Disney content on its platform.  That includes the big franchises:  Disney’s animated features, Marvel Entertainment and Star Wars.  Netflix already produces and features the Marvel series Daredevil, Jessica Jones and with more adult superhero content to come.  Previous seasons of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter are currently available for streaming as well.

In other news, actress Robin Wright of the Netflix Original Series House of Cards ‘found her steel’ by demanding equal pay to that of co-star and onscreen spouse Kevin Spacey (President Francis Underwood).  The result of the ask was a ‘yes’.  She guaranteed to walk away from the critically-acclaimed series if her paycheck did not match that of Spacey’s.

Wright’s Claire Underwood is as much a presence on the show as FU’s.  Her performances and onscreen chemistry with Spacey at this point makes her just as valuable to the show.  This is a big win for advocates of equal pay across genders in the film and television industry.

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Big Warner Bros. & DC Films Shakeup

 

DC Films fans may have their future “Kevin Feige” in heralded comic book writer and television producer Geoff Johns.  In the wake of disappointing reviews and box office numbers of the highly-anticipated Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, DC Films along with Warner Bros. Pictures as a whole made changes on the executive level.

Johns has a deep understanding of the DC characters and will co-head comic book film production with film producer Jon Berg.  Berg’s credits include Jon Favreau’s 2003 film ‘Elf’, starring Will Ferrell and Doug Limon’s 2014 action film ‘Edge of Tomorrow’, starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.  Fans should not expect to see changes from until after Justice League Part One.

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