X-Men: Apocalypse Review – At least BvS was about something…

X-Men: Apocalypse has many of the individual elements that one would associate with superhero films if explaining the phenomenon to an invading alien race: a group of characters with superhuman abilities, said characters using their powers for “good”, said characters using their powers for “bad”, a huge smashy finale, a god-like antagonist (also with superpowers) intent on world domination/annihilation, powerless human onlookers, discussions of responsibility, colourful costumes, glossy special effects, characters who have experienced loss…

It also has none of the elements that explain just why these films are so popular: a moral heart, empowering heroes, explorations of unmistakably human problems, a message, thrilling action scenes, inventive visuals, gleeful cameos, quick-witted pulpy rapport between classy actors…

X-Men: Apocalypse is a superhero film totally devoid of any thematic depth. It is about nothing. It is a film that leaves Michael Fassbender to hover above the earth, swirling debris everywhere, for what must be a good twenty minutes: inexcusable.

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