When ‘X-Men’ entered our lives at the start of the century, no one could’ve predicted the impact it would have and the path it would pave for the superhero genre. While the MCU is the undisputed king of the genre and the DCEU is dividing fans, the X-Men franchise seems to have slowly been fading out. Now, I think I need to make it clear, I’m speaking of the “main” series. The spin offs such as ‘Logan’ and ‘Deadpool’ have giving the franchise some much needed life, but with ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ coming and going without much love and a lot of people not too excited about ‘…Dark Phoenix’, is it now time we say goodbye to the main series in an effort to allow more diverse films to carry the franchise?
I’ll keep this one short as there really isn’t anything of note to see here. Ten years after the original, the Kaiju return somehow and it’s up to Jake Pentecost (John Boyega) to lead a group of recruits to save the entire world. The plot is honestly the most baffling and boring one I’ve seen all year. As it goes on, you lose track of how everything is happening. The films brushes over pretty massive reveals and character development is non-existent. Honestly, when we get to the final battle I couldn’t name nearly all of those involved.
Netflix have so much content that if one of their films hasn’t got big star power in it, it seems to drop with no fanfare at all. That’s exactly what’s happened with their latest release. For the next few days, ‘Happy Anniversary’ will have pride of place near the top of Netflix before being relegated down. And that’s a shame, as it means a lot of people are going to miss this hidden gem.
Blockbuster films have lost their appeal over the years. While we used to get ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘WarGames’, we are now subjected to ‘Transformers’ and ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’. When ‘Ready Player One’ was announced, it looked like it was going to be “References: The Movie”. While it undoubtedly is full of more easter eggs than any film ever, it’s so much more than that. I should know by now to never doubt Steven Spielberg.
The BIG One: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’
It’s finally arrived! 10 years since Nick Fury wanted to talk to Tony Stark about the Avengers Initiative, we’ve reached what it’s all been building towards: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. It promises to bring everything that’s come in the last EIGHTEEN films together and make nerds everywhere ecstatic. With some of the biggest hype since ‘…The Force Awakens’, this is going to be one of the most talked about films of our lifetime. Marvel have never made a truly bad film, so I’m full of confidence this won’t let us down. Bring on the midnight screening!!
Release Date: 27th April