The X Series


I’m super excited today, (not just because it’s a T.G.I.F) but because I’m in the mood when I feel like nothing can stop me or hold me back from achieving my dreams. Maybe it’s due to the fact that I’ve spent the past two weeks counting my blessings. Funny how doing something so seemingly small can affect you in such a profound way.

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Today, I’m thankful for friends that have become family. I’m grateful to God for men and women He’s brought into my life, that have made me better, stronger, more courageous, pushed me closer to my vision, basically helped me become a bigger person. Wish I could mention all your names right here, but just know I’m grateful and love you guys like kilode!

I’m also thankful to everyone that reads my blog (can I call you fans? *smile*). Taking time off your busy schedule to read, post comments and even call. Wow! Thanks guys for making Jollyhood Pictures worthwhile. Much love peeps. #Amaghimo #thankfulforfriendsturnedfamily #thankfulforJollyhood’sreaders.

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This weekend, I thought it was time we took a look at the new X-Men movie, The Apocalypse. It was one of the much anticipated films for 2016, so let’s hope it lives up to the fuss.

X-Men: Apocalypse is a 2016 American superhero film based on the fictional X-Men characters that appear in Marvel Comics. It is the ninth installment in the X-Men film series and a sequel to 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Directed by Bryan Singer, with a screenplay by Simon Kinberg from a story conceived by Singer, Kinberg, Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris, the film stars an ensemble cast, led by James McAvoyMichael FassbenderJennifer LawrenceOscar IsaacNicholas HoultRose ByrneTye SheridanSophie TurnerOlivia Munn and Lucas Till.

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In Apocalypse, the ancient mutant En Sabah Nur awakens in 1983 and plans to cleanse the human race and take over the world, leading the X-Men to try to stop him and defeat his team of renegade mutants.

The film premiered in London on May 9, 2016, and was released in North America on May 27, 2016, in 3D and 2D, and inIMAX 3D in select international markets. On its opening day it earned $26.4 million (including previews), the fourth-lowest opening day amount of the franchise. In its opening weekend, it grossed $65.8 million, below expectations. In its second weekend the film grossed $22.3 million (a drop of 66.1%), finishing second at the box office behind Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows ($35.3 million).

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As of June 20, 2016, X-Men: Apocalypse has grossed $146.8 million in North America and $362.3 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $509.1 million, against a budget of $178 million. The film is currently the third-highest grossing film in the X-Men series (without adjusting for inflation), behind Deadpool and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

In May 2016, screenwriter Simon Kinberg said the next X-Men film will be set in the 1990s. He additionally acknowledged the possibility of re-adapting “The Dark Phoenix Saga“, which had been adapted in the original X-Men film trilogy. Director Bryan Singer said he will be stepping away from the franchise but could envision returning to it at a later date in some capacity.

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The film received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a rating of 48%, based on 269 reviews, with an average rating of 5.7/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Overloaded action and a cliched villain take the focus away from otherwise strong performers and resonant themes, making X-Men: Apocalypse a middling chapter of the venerable superhero franchise. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “A–” on an A+ to F scale.[99]

Mick LaSalle from the San Francisco Chronicle gave the film a positive review, calling it “a thinking person’s action movie”, and Bruce Kirkland from the Toronto Sun praised Singer in terms of storytelling, saying that the X-Men franchise still has a vigorous future.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky from The A.V. Club wrote, “Much of what makes X-Men: Apocalypse legitimately interesting also makes it frustrating and lopsided.” Mike Ryan of Uproxx disparaged the film’s story as redundant and stale, arguing, “I get it: Life is hard for mutants. We all get it. It’s literally the only thing mutants ever seem to talk about. It is odd that other superheroes seem to get to have some fun, but never the X-Men. Here we are, 16 years later, and everyone involved is still sad. It feels repetitive.” Scott Mendelson of Forbes wrote, “X-Men: Apocalypse is the kind of weightless, soulless trifle of a bore that makes comic book superhero movies look bad and makes me not look forward to the next installment.”

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Well, I’m not surprised by the mixed reviews, I guess I saw it coming ever since the franchise killed off it’s principal cast and then decided to go back in time to bring them back. The X-Men used to be my one of my best super hero series, but now it has now become “a unwieldy, convoluted tale of fragmented stories that can’t be pieced together.”

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In the previous installments before X-Men: First Class, I got no indication that Raven,/Mystique had a prior relationship with the Professor X (they practically grew up together) or with Cyclops, Jane or Storm. Or even Magneto with the trio. That they had a previous run in with Night Crawler who tried to assassinate the president in the 6th franchise or so, that Jane and Cyclops had previously meet Wolverine, or Magneto once had a family and now you have a son is thrown in the mix. Super confusing! And now there’s more talk of going back in time; we should prepare ourselves to get more confused. This lastest effort just felt a lot like a script grapsing at straws. Perhaps it’s better if our director steps away from the franchise, if it’s to maintain that “vigorous” future.

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That’s my take guys, but always interested in what you think, so keep sending in those comments. Still on a countdown to AmaghimoWhen Women Worship Conference.” Remember my Warriors in Heels, that its today Friday 24th, for the Island Centre and Saturday 25th June, on the Mainland.  See yah! XoXo!

1 Comment

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    Neca Ugochukwu-Onyeka
    June 27, 2016 at 7:25 am

    I use to like X-men, Hope they don’t turn it into a bore and spoil my fantasy.

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