X-Men: Apocalypse is only a few weeks away from release and will finally cap the mutant reboot trilogy. Unfortunately, some are already slamming the film with heavy criticisms regarding its pacing and character developments.
In a report by The Chicago Tribune, they compared the film with recently released superhero vs. superhero movies “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Captain America: Civil War.” 20th Century Fox’s film was apparently placed in between the films in a classic Goldilocks scenario not too good but not that bad either.
The film was slammed by its inconsistency in the pacing and its character development. Case and point was Olivia Munn/Psylocke getting less lines than Magneto’s wife. Psylocke is one of Apocalypse’s four horsemen, surely she deserved more exposure especially if she’s is to be considered for a standalone film? Apparently not.
The other two horsemen’s screen time in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse‘ is barely worth mentioning. Aside from short scenes showing their background and how Apocalypse recruited them Storm and Angel received no more developments in the movie.
Additionally, the speed of the apparent world destruction seems to be too fast that the young mutant recruits were not even given the chance to bond. After their brief ‘meet and greet’ moment, they were tossed into combat as the only people who can prevent world destruction.
According to Forbes, another blunder for the film was again relying on Magneto as a central mover of the plot. Magneto lifts up evil and forces his friend Charles Xavier to stop him before his antics get over the top and result in world destruction. Such is the apparent trend and traditional role for the character ever since the original trilogy.
Ultimately, it is up to moviegoers to decide how ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ fares in the box office. Batman vs. Superman which has received harsh reviews from critics made big bucks at the box office. Will the final installment of the mutant franchise reboot meet the same fate?