Being an X-Men fan I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect from a prequel, I’m not a big fan of them, simply because they rarely contain the actors we’ve attached to.
However, it wasn’t long before I was captivated by X-Men: Apocalypse.
The movie had fantastic energy the whole way through, the special effects and 3D experience was second to none.
Interestingly I expected to be bored by less famous actors than the usual X-Men movies but was pleasantly surprised. For someone who is a Marvel fan but not a “geek” getting some back story information and story setting actually makes me want to go and watch the other films again.
In terms of characters I was very dubious about how Xavier would be portrayed by James McAvoy and in fact had decided that Patrick Stewart’s boots would be very hard to fill. James did a fantastic job of not only staying true to the character created for us by Patrick Stewart but also bringing a youthful element and an authentic touch of the 80s.
Hugh Jackman as always was fantastic in his portrayal of Wolverine and I have to admit his appearance in the film was a bit of a highlight – it helped to marry the previous X-Men films to this one.
If I’m truly honest, there was a little too much rubble for me, I think some of those civilisation crashing scenes could have been better spent with some more dialogue and interaction between the characters.
However, the special effects were stunning, the realism of what was happening was absolutely a highlight for me.
Emotionally, the film was filled with adrenaline pumping scenes and heart-wrenching stories that served really well to bring a human element to characters we’d made our minds up about in previous films.
All in all I would say 5 out of 5 for special effects and 3D elements and 4 out 5 for dialogue and storyline.
Watch the X-Men: Apocalypse trailer below. Now showing at Movie House cinemas across Northern Ireland. Check out www.moviehouse.co.uk for ticket information and times.