REVIEW: X-Men Apocalypse

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We had a new Marvel movie in theaters last week and I’m ready to talk about it. I probably love all the X-Men movies and their characters though I admit I prefer the Avengers. Possibly because I read more Avengers comics rather than X-Men ones. I always get so confused with them, I have read a few though.

In this movie some years have passed since X-Men: Days of Future Past, Charles in dealing with Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters and Erik is dealing with his new secret life. Both old friends haven’t seen each other since and things seem to go well. But because is a movie trouble always finds the main characters.

From the start we can see the movie has a huge production. The plot follows Apocalypse an ancient mutant believed to be the first one who awakens again and like every villain ever tries to take over the world. He carries his 4 horsemen with him, in this case Storm (my fave), Archangel, Psylocke and Magneto. Of course Erik joining the horsemen brings trouble in mutant paradise city (Xavier School), specially to Charles and Raven.

I don’t want to spoil too much but overall X-Men Apocalypse was a great movie. If you have been following the X-Men cinematic universe then you’ll understand a bit more that if you didn’t watch the others, plus I know the timeline can get a bit messy. I’m still trying to figure out if this one or Days of Future Past was my favorite. What’s also interesting about Apocalypse is that we get to meet again Jean Grey (Phoenix), Scott Summers (Cyclops), Ororo Munroe (Storm) and Kurt Wagner (Nightcrawler) as teenagers and I don’t know about you but I always love when we get to see flashbacks of characters as kids or teenagers, here we get a whole movie!

This new/old characters were really great and boosted the film aswell. We also get to see a little of Jubilee too though I wish we could have seen more and that’s probably my only complain about the movie. Other characters worth mentioning are Quicksilver and Moira Mactaggert. I love Rose Byrne so I’m really happy she was back and Peter might possibly have stolen the movie with his funny and quick comments.

Though the “Take over the world” villain plot is old, the movie remains pretty stable, the action scenes are well used with a great soundtrack accompanying and all the characters are amazing. Of course I wish we could  have seen some of them speak more like Psylocke or Storm but they took a great place in the fighting scenes.

So here’s the general list of things I like

  • Jean and Scott relationship throughout the movie, cuties!
  • Erik and Charles relationship, always (I ship that so hard guys)
  • Kurt being all cute and interacting with Raven.
  • Quicksilver in general.
  • Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse.
  • Wolverine appearance that I’m not spoiling because we saw him in the trailer.
  • Mental fight!
  • Hank in general, he’s such a nice character.
  • Ororo, my favorite X-Men.
  • Psylocke and Warren (Archangel)
  • Soundtrack so powerful!

See ya!

 

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Let’s talk about Civil War

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I might drop some spoilers so you’ve been warned! 


I remember mentioning I was a really big fan of Marvel so if you were expecting I wouldn’t talk about one of the most anticipated movies for me this year, you were wrong, I’m sorry!

I saw Captain America Civil War last week and because I’m obsessed with Marvel I went a second day the day after I watched it for the first time. Even though I know what you’re thinking (you crazy) it was useful because it gave me a new look about it.

So basically after Avengers Age of Ultron what became most important for me in terms of Marvel movies was this release. And when I talk about how excited I was to see it what I mean is that I was not ready (not when they announced it, nor when the trailer came out or when I saw it) I did not want to see Tony and Steve fight, I didn’t want anyone to die, I was going to suffer and I was not ready for that but I wanted to see the movie anyway because I guess that’s the thing about being a fangirl, you suffer but you’re okay with it.

One of the things that comes to my mind on the early stages of this movie when it was still in development was if it was going to be like the comics. For those who don’t know, the reason this was going to be a major event in the Marvel cinematic universe was not only because the Avengers would split in two and the main Marvel characters would go against each other but because at the end, Captain America dies, so yeah I was not ready for that! Even though Cap is not my favorite, in the movies he gained a lot of points for being portrayed by Chris Evans who is honestly a golden retriever puppy.

But Steve didn’t die so let’s talk about the movie and what I think about it.

So after reading the paragraphs above I hope you can imagine my excitement and the expectations, plus like I said in the sort of review I did of Batman vs Superman I pay a lot of attention to the reviews of the movies and Civil War killed it! (Entertainment Weekly gave the movie an A-) Everyone was saying this was Marvel’s finest movie. All these things made me go with really, really high expectations and I think that’s why the first time I watched it I think I was a little bit disappointed.

First of all, I didn’t cry, which for me was weird (I even brought tissues, don’t judge). I love Steve and Tony’s friendship but the main problem in the MCU is that the movie was presented as a big fight between these two close friends (Tony and Steve) and I feel like in the movies we don’t get to see much of this friendship, I don’t think they had much time to develop it. I feel like Tony thinks Steve is betraying him but in the movies they weren’t that close as they are in the comics.

On the other hand I thought all the characters were generally great, Black Panther and Spider-Man made a wonderful debut and were simply one of the best parts of the movie. I was surprised because I though Peter Parker’s cameo in the movie was going to be shorter and it actually was pretty long, I had faith in Tom Holland as Spidey and he didn’t disappoint, he might be the most accurate Spider-Man out there. When T’Challa appeared dressed as Black Panther I was holding a scream, so badass and majestic. I didn’t even watched him for half an hour and I already knew that as soon as the movie came out next year I was going to be the first one to buy tickets.

I also loved Wanda and Vision’s interaction, I’m glad MCU is developing this relationship, it’s cute and I was going to be really mad if they didn’t. Ant-Man was also an incredible highlight, I already said this but I’m so thankful for Paul Rudd in MCU. Not only he was hilarious but we got to see Giant-Man! An underrated character was Falcon, he was probably the funniest and loyal one and I feel like Anthony Mackie never gets recognition about it.

The plot was marvelous (he, he), Daniel Bruhl’s Zemo was surprisingly good. I didn’t read much of Zemo in the comics but I’m a big fan of this actor (meaning I love him) and I thought it was a great villan, really smooth. Robert Downey Jr. did his best work as Tony Stark and overall everything was amazing. So why do I say I was a bit disappointed? Well, when the movie ended I had the feeling something was missing, like it was not complete.

Now these two things I’m going to mention might mean nothing to you but being a big fan of these two characters in the comics and the movies I was a bit pissed. At one point of the movie Black Widow literally disappears and doesn’t come back anymore. All of Clint Barton in the MCU is just… ugh, I try to like it but that family storyline they made for him is horrible, they could have done more with this amazing character, they could have included his brother or something else but no, they created something completely out of character for Hawkeye.

The fact that after Steve admits he knew about Tony’s parents death they proceed to fight and in one moment you can actually see Steve losing control had me like “Why are you mad for? You’re not the one who just finds out your friend is almost betraying you for the guy who killed your parents” And I don’t mean to diss on Bucky because he was amazing and I love the character and the storyline but c’mon Cap!

At the end of the movie, Steve sends Tony a letter apologizing. For me, in that point you can see how The Russo’s (directors) did a great work trying to show the characters (Tony and Steve) as not bad or good but both bad and good. In this letter Steve sends he says Tony can stay with the Avengers that after all he thinks they have always been his but… hum… Steve stays with almost all of the Avengers at the end of the movie so I’m like ¿¿?? (Insert confused meme here)

So when I came out of the movie the first time I was like “I loved it!” but on the “I loved it” Level how much did I actually loved it? Does it make sense? I hope it does. The second time watching it I was able to enjoy it more I guess because I came out of the movie with another perspective. I got more emotional with the final fight and even more when Steve walks away with Bucky. I still have all my opinions of the first time I watched it but somehow I was a little more up in the “I loved it” level. Also, I’m thankful nobody died.

In conclusion, the things I didn’t like can be considered personal opinions, as to the movie in general I think it really is Marvel’s finest, I totally recommend it!

See ya!

 

Civil War Trailer! (I’m dead)

Captain America Civil War second trailer is here and I thought it would be fun if I share my fangirl thoughts (not serious thoughts though because if I get serious here I’m going to start crying because everything seems so sad and awful)

OK! Let’s go.

They start naming us some cities the Avengers had destroyed by trying to save everyone. I always think of this, how does the economy in USA manage with all these city destruction?! But then again what do you expect if aliens invade our planet they can’t be like “Oh Cap be careful with that building, don’t touch that street sign…”

But then they show Sokovia…

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And my baby Wanda gets sad because she lost her home and her brother #PietroLives2k16.

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And It’s nice to see that Steve notices because I know it’s probably nothing and Steve is just a good person but I like Wanda’s and Steve’s friendship in the comics and I don’t know this was nice.

So then blah, blah happens (and by that I mean important stuff). They show Bucky and then we get these dramatic looks every superheroe movie deserves.

It’s funny because I always joke about Civil War being a soap opera about Steve and Tony breaking up because Steve’s ex, Bucky, returns. This helps my case.

Look at this. This is real love

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[“Can You Feel The Love Tonight” starts playing]

One of the reasons (of the 1000 reasons) I’m excited about this movie is T’Challa. Black Panther seems like a great addition to the mcu.

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Here he seems to be going after Bucky while Cap runs after him (or with him?), the dream. huh?

Bucky seems to have the “I don’t give a fuck” attitude in this movie. Brainwash is a bitch. He seems unstable and confused af. My poor son. We also get to see this scene again. You know, the one everyone was so “omfg” and “Bucky has no chill” about it because it looked like he was about to shoot Tony in the face in the middle of the street, to keep the list of wrong impressions Tony is getting from  Bucky going (besides the fact that Bucky possibly killed his parents)

He seems to have another target though and Tony stops him with his cool technological thingy. He’s like “Dude! wtf!”

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This though I don’t know if he is the one who shoots Rhodey.

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WTF! Same, Tony, same

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I tell you something. If Rhodey dies in this one, I’ll riot.

Poor Tony, look at him, he looks broken. How could you Steve?! [Violins start playing]

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More dramatic looks here and there

Nat kicking some ass as usual.

Steve says to Tony that this doens’t have to end in a fight and Tonys’s like…

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“Fuck you, Steve”

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“Yes it fucking does, Steve. We’re getting payed for that”

Then Black Panther finally has his chance to fight Bucky. Yay!

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“Excuse me, I’m trying to beat the shit out of someone here”

More Natasha because she’s one of my favorite marvel characters ever and I lover her so much.

Then Marvel breaks wandavision even though it didn’t even started

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Is it just me or this part is super kinky? Just me? Oh well, kinky af!

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“Gimme all”

Then we get to see my son and favorite marvel character. Purple Arrow!

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I’m kidding I love hawkeye so much, he really is my favorite comic character but I don’t know how to feel about Jeremy Renner. I usually love the actors who portay the marvel characters but Renner is quite problematic. I try to like him, I really do. He portays Clint well though at least with what they give him (not to much)  I once read in tumblr that being a fan of  clint barton in the mcu was kind of like being the parent of the kid playing tree #3 in the school play. It’s true I hate what they do to Clint in the mcu but oh well…

This tiny friend!

I love Paul Rudd, I used to have a picture of him on my wall. I love that he got to be in the mcu. It made me love him even more. Poor Ant-Man he got called probably thinking they wanted him in the Avengers and now he’s in the middle of this.

Everyone here about to get it on (not in that kind of way we wish they would)

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And then… Tony gets tired of this shit and decides to go with plan B.

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And we all are like “who’s he calling, omg, so excited!”

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And here we lost our shit

Us: ASDFGHJSJDHSHS

Steve: What the shit? oh sorry, What the heck?

Natasha: Not impressed…

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Us: OMG! IT’S HIM! THIS IS IT! HE’S HERE

Steve: Hey, rude! that’s mine.

Nat: Still not impressed.

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It’s fucking Spidey! He even talks!

Marvel decided to stop being so evil and show him. I lost my shit in this moment I was like “BCFJAWEDBCEHGRVCSEJBFW<KA” I’m so excited to see Tom Holland, I have a lot of faith in him.

If you read this I hope you enjoyed. I was so bored today so I though why not…

As for what team I’m in. I always thought I was neutral. I don’t like to see my parents fighting. But these trailers are really making me go with Tony. He seems really vulnerable. I’ll stay neutral though. But my son Hawkeye is in team Cap… but my baby Nat is with Iron Man… UGH! I hate marvel for doing this and splitting my family.

See ya

J.A