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|Originaltitel:||X-Men – Apocalypse|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 144 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
1983: It has been several years since the X-Men destroyed the sentinels with the help of the future and thus saved humans and mutants from certain destruction. While Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) concentrates on running his school, Magneto (Michael Fassbender) has retired completely. With his wife and daughter he leads a modest life in Poland, where he tries to shake off his dark past. But when its true identity is revealed here and this leads to a catastrophe, the Magneto drifts directly into the arms of the immortal Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), who has been freed from his thousands of years of captivity. Now he gathers powerful mutants around him to build a new world order together with them. For this he also needs the powers of Professor X, whom he brings under his control. Now it's up to the X-Men under the leadership of Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) to confront this seemingly invincible enemy in an epic battle…
With "X-Men: Future is Past" Bryan Singer 2014 succeeded in a real feat. After four "X-Men" movies and two "Wolverine" adventures, he was able to catapult the somewhat worn franchise to new heights. Fans and critics agreed that Singer, director of the first two "X-Men" films, had not only produced one of the best parts of the series, but also one of the best superhero films of the year. The perfect mixture of adventure and fun, of spectacle and exciting history made this part so successful. It was clear to everyone involved that the next film would have to be measured against this. And that's how "X-Men: Apocalypse" really doesn't have an easy time. In addition, there is the fact that in this part you have to know the predecessors even more than in the other movies in order to understand all the plot elements, allusions and developments.
The fact that the first critics about the new "X-Men" were rather cautious or even negative was perhaps not really surprising, but is actually not really appropriate. Even though there may be some well-founded criticisms, "X-Men: Apocalypse" has become an absolutely successful, entertaining and harmonious spectacle, which further develops well-known characters and introduces some new characters at the same time. Admittedly, this is exactly the movie's weakness, as even interesting characters like Psylocke (Olivia Munn) or Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) get lost in the destructive finale after a good introduction. Nevertheless, the new characters - or the more recent editions of already well-known characters like Cyclops or Storm - prove to be a great enrichment for this X universe.
A central role is played by Jean Grey, played by "Game of Thrones" star Sophie Turner. Singer establishes very well what power emanates from the mutant and what dark shadow lies over her fate. It remains to be hoped that this will be better and more effectively implemented in one of the forthcoming sequels than the Brett Ratner did ten years ago in the rather unpopular "X-Men - The Last Resistance". However, until then Sophie Turner still has to work a little on her mimic expressiveness, which is not yet completely convincing here. Oscar Isaac, who recently became the secret darling of the audience as Poe Dameron in the last "Star Wars" film, can deliver a really convincing performance covered in makeup and CGI effects as an overpowering apocalypse. That's also because Singer gives him something more to do than just staring around.
However, the best actors are still James McAvoy as Professor Charles Xavier and Michael Fassbender as Magneto, who finally found his way to the right path, only to be torn away from there in a particularly tragic way. Even though the eternal battle between good and evil, which Magneto has fought out with himself in almost every movie, isn't really new or original anymore, Fassbender still manages to win new facets from the character. Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, on the other hand, fails at exactly this point. Her representation of Raven/Mystique remains surprisingly static and - forgive me this pun - colourless.
However, in the end this does not really have a negative effect on the very successful overall picture. The only real problem the film has to struggle with is that it is released only a few weeks after "The First Avenger: Civil War" - an almost perfect superhero movie for a much wider audience. Since "X-Men: Apocalypse" is really only something for fans of the series and has some visible weaknesses, it falls in the direct environment of Captain America, Iran Man & Co. but clearly stronger than it would have done without this competition. Nevertheless, this is one of the better "X-Men"-movies and for all, the "First Class" and "Future is Past" then also: Absolutely worth seeing!!!
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