Bryan Singer’s new X-Men movie – his fourth contribution to the franchise – has landed with a thud. The film, in which the X-Men take on Ancient Egyptian mutant called Apocalypse (complete with his four horsemen), has split the critics, drawing a handful of enthusiastic notices, and many more negative reviews.
Critics were particularly divided over the film’s discussion of the holocaust. The Hollywood Reporter was “appalled”; Inverse found it “shocking and deeply uncomfortable… wildly unnecessary”. But the Guardian defended the scenes set in Auschwitz: “In a movie with less artless and forthright vehemence, and one with greater pretensions to middlebrow good taste, this could hardly have worked, but [Bryan] Singer brings it off here.”
Either way, X-Men: Apocalypse looks certain to cause a stir when it opens on May 18. Until then, here’s what the critics thought:
Tim Robey, The Telegraph
“ X-Men: Apocalypse degenerates into Singer’s very own X-Men 3 – formulaic and a bit thick, with large scale digital destruction saving it the hassle of thought, ingenuity or any tightly organised set-pieces past halfway… Better than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but not by an awful lot… Apocalypse isn’t quite the end of the world for X-Men fans, but it might be the end of the line.”
Rating: 2/5 stars