“X-Men: Apocalypse” will not hit theatres until the end of the month. But early X-Men reviews are already in. What do these film critics have to say?
According to Gizmodo, some reviewers loved director Bryan Singer’s “epic vision.” However, quite a number reportedly thought it was “long, bloated, and disappointing.”
Comic Book Resources did not mince words. They called the movie “a lifeless affair.” They said it ended up “squandering its star power, underselling its characters…and muddying its action in grays and cutaways.”
The Wrap was just as harsh. “With ‘X-Men: Apocalypse,’ however, Singer seems to have acquired a new mutant power of his own: Monotony…This latest entry marks a shocking letdown from Singer’s earlier contributions. What once soared now slogs,” the site said.
The Hollywood Reporter, meanwhile, complained that it was “[narratively] jumbled and jammed with so many characters.” THR does not deny that “Apocalypse” was able to build to a “cataclysmic dramatic reckoning.” However, the movie “just feels like a bloated, if ambitious, attempt to shuffle as many mutants…as possible.”
Daily News agreed with this observation. “It feels like Singer is trying to fit as much as humanly possible into this movie, just in case it’s his last,” their review said.
“X-Men: Apocalypse” did not get all bad reviews, though. Indie Wire thought it “could have represented a new beginning for superhero cinema.” The movie, Indie Wire said, had the “audacity to make the MCU look small, and the conviction to make the DCU…look foolish for confusing self-seriousness with gravity. ”
Screen Crush, meanwhile, praised the movie’s depiction of Quicksilver. “For the second straight movie, the best setpiece belongs to [Evan] Peters’ Quicksilver,” the film site said.
Which X-Men reviews will you end up agreeing with? You’ll find out soon enough. “X-Men: Apocalypse” will hit the big screen on May 27.