The first thing that I heard after leaving the theater for X-Men Apocalypse was , “Wow that was a really good movie. Wasn't that better than the new Iron Man movie?”. Now from this quote you can conclude two things. The first is that this person is not fully immersed into the movie business, but a normal movie goer. This is the true demographic of Hollywood and you should keep that in mind. The second thing you get from the quote is the question, was X-Men Apocalypse better than Captain America: Civil War? The simple answer is yes.
While Captain America: Civil War was a good pay off for fans who had been waiting and asking for that movie, X-Men Apocalypse did what all great media does. In layman's terms it gave the audience what they wanted and great additions that they didn't know they wanted.
Not only are your favorites back from X-Men: Days of Future Past, like the infamous Quicksilver scene, but more than you could ask for. With an opening scene that will stay with you after the theater lights turn back on, to a story with actual emotional heft that will make you cry. Yes I did tear up in the theater leave me alone.
Back to the initial conversation though, why would reviews say this is a bad movie? The simple answer lies with Fox's advertisement department. They started press screenings when Captain America: Civil War was just initially hitting theaters. They tried to do this to get people to talk about their movie instead of that one. The only problem with this plan is the alliances people have devoted themselves to already. There is an undying allegiance to Marvel Disney that seems unbreakable. Even though this is actually the superior film.
It must be said that this is definitely the best movie to come out this summer. For me the Summer season is only just beginning, but it will be hard to overthrow this as the most exciting movie of the summer.
Captain America: Civil War was the follow up film after Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. Though that film included 2 new heroes we had not seen before, it did not include all the characters from the Marvel Cinematic universe. Though this movie does not either, it does in total have more of them. This inclusion of more parts to play with elevates the film, even if some are only around for a short time. Being able to see so many pieces at work and in one film is a treat, but one that was masterfully crafted. To be able to have a cohesive story behind it all was a must, and it delivered.
Most of all the heroes from the Marvel films return, but we are treated to some new faces in this film that will contribute to the overall movie universe in movies to come. These new faces include fan favorite Black Panther and Spider-Man. These additions to the movie inject some new found spirit into the film, the spirit that was not quite present with the addition of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver in Avengers 2.
This movie is packed to the brim with action scenes that keep you on the edge of your seat and you wont be able to look away. It also delivers some major emotion towards the end of the film, a seriousness not present in any of the other Marvel Disney films. All in all it is a must see for any MCU fan and anyone following the movies thus far.
The Jungle Book from first glance is just a continuation of Disney's line of live action fairy tales. Just another classic story brought to life in a realistic setting. But there is so much more to this movie and it operates on so many different levels.
The first thing you might notice about The Jungle Book, is how amazing it looks. The animals, the forest, everything pops out and sucks you into this incredibly realized world. You forget, or keep reminding yourself, that 98% of everything on screen is CGI. Very similarly to how Avatar was shot, there was a heavy use of computer graphics and it blows people away. The only thing not CGI is Mowgli (played by Neel Sethi) and he does an incredible job. Its a compliment to compare an actor's capability to give a convincing performance alongside no other humans at such a young age to those who have done it before. Much older and seasoned actors have tried the same thing with a lesser degree of success, so to provide praise for this young actor is truly a feat to remember.
Not only was the acting superb, but the voice work was fantastic as well. The many people who voiced characters including Bill Murray (portraying Baloo), Ben Kingsley (portraying Bagheera), and Idris Elba (Shere Khan) to name a few. These characters filled their roles and then some, providing a world so convincing that you would have never guessed it was all made in a computer.
As a movie it was great fun to watch, and as a film it was an amazing one to spectate. There was a common complaint though for some viewers that cannot go unnoticed. Some miss the iconic ending of the original film and wish it had been in the movie. I understand that for some that was the defining version of the movie, but there was a reason not to include it. To be able to start building a brand for this live action franchise, there had to be some deviances from the original. You do not see Disney making a Cinderella 2, but do however see them working on a Malificent 2 and fast tracking a Jungle Book 2. The reason for this stems from that both the movies getting sequels expand on what the original brought to the table when those stories were first told.
All in all, I would be surprised if this movie was not part of the higher portion of my top 10 movies of the year list.