By Travis Trombley
Following First Class and Days of Future Past, two well received installments in a prequel trilogy, Apocalypse has a lot to live up to. Sadly, the critics have thus far been unimpressed.
Here’s a quick roundup of the most salient praises and criticisms published about the film thus far.
Newsarama highlights how some of the film’s best scenes are simply amped up versions of Singer's past exploits, like Nightcrawler’s opening in X2 and Quicksilver’s pentagon scene in DoFP.
That said, the younger cast members who make up the new “class” of X-Men have also been well received. IGN says the film works best when following these unestablished characters played with a sense of skillful frailty. The most noteworthy seems to be Smit-McPhee’s Nightcrawler.
Vox says, “There's an innocence and humor about the character and Smit-McPhee's performance that gives this movie life. And Singer shows, as he first did in X2, that he has a real understanding of what makes this character special.”
Lastly, many have identified the CGI heavy action sequences as noteworthy additions of spectacle that, as Newsarama says, may rival Marvel’s.