X-Men Apocalypse (2016) Review | The Hollywood Redux Podcast | Episode 309
The Writer’s Room is having a super summer – we’ve previously reviewed Batman vs. Superman, Captain America: Civil War, discussed our fav super hero movies, and now, our power is enhanced tenfold by X Men: Apocalypse.
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There are lots of new mutant faces, but many much-anticipated characters like Psylocke (Munn) or Storm are given little to do in the overall story. This oeuvre’s new Nightcrawler, (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a welcome addition, offering comic relief and ethos (the kids take him to the mall), and Evan Peters’ Quicksilver brings joy again in a new sequence to match the Time in a Bottle prison break from Days of Future Past.
Fassbender and McAvoy as Magneto and Professor X work hard but are hindered by heavy storylines that do not pan out. The Magneto storyline in particular suffers from its utilization of a writing trope known as “fridging” which is when the pain/death of a female character only serves to inform the male character. If not familiar, read more here.
The summer of super continues with more high octane movies like Independence Day Resurgence.
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