May. 19th, 2016

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The people I went to the midnight screening with last night will attest that the first thing I said when the credits started rolling was 'man, film critics are weird.'

I mean, I can see why many critics - or, indeed, many other people who are not X-Men fans - might not enjoy this movie as much as I did. But phrases like 'franchise-destroying disaster' have been thrown around in reviews, and I ... do not get it. Sure, it's a bit of a mess, in much the same way Avengers: Age of Ultron was a bit of a mess. There are probably too many characters, and too many things going on. There was also one part of the plot that I actively disliked. However, I am not sure why anyone would walk out of this thinking that it was actually falls short of what its aiming at - it moves along at a good clip, the action scenes are exiting, the cast is uniformly good and everyone looks great in their new costumes. What, precisely, were critics expecting? In what way is this remotely as bad as Wolverine: Origins? (If that did not destroy the franchise, this certainly will not. Disney/Marvel is not getting the mutants back any time in the next decade.)

But then, I always qualify my opinion by pointing out that I am that one weirdo who likes X3 more than X1. (It turns out I like badly-made films about things I find interesting more than competently-made films about things I don't.) For the record, I'd probably rank the films like this:

Days of Future Past
First Class
X-Men 2
Deadpool
Apocalypse
The Wolverine
X-Men 3
X-Men 1
Wolverine: Origins


So Apocalypse is right in the middle for me. (If pressed I would admit that The Wolverine is probably a better film, but it doesn't have nearly as much of Charles Xavier getting shackled to things.) The new Nightcrawler, Cyclops and Jean Grey are all delightful, and we finally have a Storm worthy of the name!

Possibly because I saw the film after midnight, after too little sleep the previous night, while drinking (we went to the luxury session where you can get them to bring you a Cosmopolitian half way through) I spent much of the film distracted by Charles's shirts. Or maybe it was because we were in the front row and the screen was giant. Or maybe that's just how I roll.

They're not quite as instantly hilarious as the seventies ones in Days of Future Past, but they are AMAZING when you look closely. At least I thought so. I spent the entire second half of the film wondering if the second one was cashmere or some kind of silk blend, and wanting to rub my face against it. (Look, it was late, I was tipsy, and it was on James McAvoy playing my favourite fictional person. And it looked really soft.)

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