Wednesday, June 08, 2016

A Birthday Film & Cake


For Mr.T's 52nd birthday I made him a vegan version of sacher torte and offered to take him out to a movie. We decided on the new X-Men film, X-Men: Apocalypse even though the reviews have been consistently terrible. True to form the film was a huge disappointment. 

It is almost as if all the powers that be viewed the original films and decided that instead of writing a really good story they would instead just line up good guys and bad guys and have them go at each other. Akin to another disaster in the X-Men franchise the dreaded X-Men: The Last Stand there was even a joke in the film about how bad the third film of any franchise is (which is ironic considering this was the third in the relaunch). Watching it you realized this was film making by a group of adults with too much money and adolescent mentalities. You can imagine them around a table sharing ideas like, "wouldn't it be cool if...", and "we need to have so and so come in here and fight so and so." How else could so much money produce such a bad film? 

The film begins in ancient Egypt when the lead character, Apocalypse is entombed in a giant pyramid after transferring himself into the body of a mutant who cannot die. Protected by his three horseman he is betrayed by Egyptians who do not want to live under his rule as a living god. From there the film jumps across the globe trying to tell too many stories about too many people in effort to bring a plethora of Marvel characters into the universe of the new franchise. The stories are too hurried and too trite trading in a semblance of emotionality that is more comical than serious. The most disturbing and silly story is that of Magneto and his attempt to live a regular life working in a steel mill in Poland. Too often the unconnected stories were written to tie together problems in the overall plot. In the end it seems the goal of superhero films these days is to blow up the world in the most dramatic way possible (like Independence Day and other such films). But this kind of filmmaking creates little pathos or connection between characters and audiences. Filmmakers try by focusing on a small group of people, but really when massive sections of the planet are destroyed how can an audience identity with anything happening on screen. Viewers are left with two dimensional characters floundering in two dimensional stories that have no real meat or narratives to tell as everything around them explodes in a CGI mess. 

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