Who doesn't know the X-Men? Film lovers must have known this film franchise since the first film appeared in 2000. Now, as the latest installment of the X-Men series that is updated, both in terms of the artist and storyline, X-Men: Apocalypse takes place not long after the events of the X-Men: Days of Future Past.
World's First Mutant
The audience is invited to understand in advance what a "mutant" is. Mutant figures can be said to have abilities beyond ordinary human reason, sometimes feared by the wider community. Long before entering the main timeline, X-Men: Apocalypse introduced the world's first, strongest, and feared mutant, En Sabah Nur. Ruling in ancient Egypt, En Sabah Nur always lived by transferring his consciousness to a new mutant body. Not only that, but he can also absorb the power of the mutant body he was in to slowly become a mutant with infinite power. One time, En Sabah Nur rose again after thousands of years to return to being the ruler again on Earth, to be precise in 1983.
Moira MacTaggert, a CIA agent who was looking for related information about mutants who lived in pre-modern times, warned about the presence of the first mutants in the world who wanted to rule the Earth. This is also known by one of the young students at Charles Xavier's school, Jean Gray, where he gets a nightmare or a vision of the future of the Earth which is destroyed because the apocalypse is near.
En Sabah Nur's main motive is quite clear and has not changed since he was in power, but now he has an interest in Charles Xavier's ability to read minds and enter the minds of all people and mutants in the world to maximize his desire for power.
Weighted in the Storyline
Like the latest versions of X-Men films lately, X-Men: Apocalypse also strengthens itself more in the weight of the story than the weight of the action scenes. The audience is invited to understand the background of some of the mutants in the film, including from a glimpse of the background of The Four Horsemen, which is En Sabah Nur's accomplice throughout this film. It must be admitted that the cultivation of the background and reasons for each of The Four Horsemen's characters was too short and hasty, and did not get much attention except in the scene of the fierce battle between the young X-Men and The Four Horsemen / En Sabah Nur later.
X-Men: Apocalypse also features several characters from X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past plus several new characters that will become the essence of an X-Men group for the future. Maybe the presence of these various new characters feels forced and inevitably the audience has to swallow all the information that is a little too much in this one film, but at least the plot of who and why these characters are important enough so that the film can continue to flow. good enough throughout the film and does not feel annoying. We were excited when some of the X-Men characters were reintroduced, even though some of them only became cameos in X-Men: Apocalypse though.
However, some characters have appeared in the previous two films who might trigger a question mark if you haven't watched the X-Men: First Class or X-Men: Days of Future Past films. There is no compulsion or confusing information if you haven't watched the two films first, but it will be a good main point if the audience is familiar with the two films before watching X-Men: Apocalypse.
Good or Bad Movies?
There is no doubt about the animation and the artist's deepening into each character. Smoother than before, the CGI and animations that are present in X-Men: Apocalypse feel real and can show the level of destruction and abilities of the mutants in the film. The artists have also worked hard to be able to provide not only the expressions and emotions of each character but also the antics that are well-positioned and able to entertain the audience.
By having the title “Apocalypse”, we were expecting a film with very fierce and extraordinary battle scenes. The main enemy in this film is introduced as the first and strongest mutant in the world, but, throughout the film, it is not shown what kind of destructive level En Sabah Nur can do. Okay, maybe En Sabah Nur has its share of fighting, especially fighting in the conscious with Charles Xavier, but we still feel that it doesn't describe how scary En Sabah Nur's abilities are.
X-Men: Apocalypse may indeed reinforce the weight of the film to the storyline and background of each character, but it seems that this is still not strong enough to be carried out logically by the choices and actions of each character throughout the film. The thing that strengthens here is how the film X-Men: Apocalypse intends to introduce various new characters as young X-Men, replacing the X-Men members that we have known in 2000.
So, is this film worth watching? Yes, and maybe not. But for us, it is quite refreshing to be able to see new faces that have good prospects for the future, with the hope that the next X-Men film can improve on some aspects that we feel are still unsatisfactory in X-Men: Apocalypse. And don't forget, if you decide to watch this film, don't come out yet and wait until the end of the credit roll to see a teaser for the upcoming film.
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