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New to Home Video: October 4th 2016
X-Men: Apocalypse was a disappointment if I'm being totally honest. I did not think it was bad, but it could have been quite a bit better. Psylocke (at no fault to Olivia Munn) was a severely under utilized character as you can essentially find all of her scenes in the trailer. Another character that was under utilized was Apocalypse himself! He is shown as being powerful, sure, but he is not shown as being as powerful and as threatening as he should have been. This should be a seemingly unstoppable character and this movie really didn't give me the feeling that the team of X-Men couldn't defeat him. To make things worse, most of the characters on this team of X-Men were rookies at best. I hope that this is not the last we see of Apocalypse, but we shouldn't have to wait for a future movie to redeem a character such as this.
While there were a lot of issues with this movie (a couple listed above) there were a lot of great moments in here which I believe make this movie worth seeing. Quicksilver's scene in X-Men: Days of Future Past was by far one of that movies highlights. X-Men: Apocalypse has a similar scene which, while not as great, was still a lot of fun to watch. Another high point of this movie was the new cast of X-Men. Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Nightcrawler were all great new additions the this universe and I though each actor fit their roles well. I look forward to seeing these guys in future movies. The last high point I will mention is Magneto. When we meet him in this movie we get to see what he has been up to since the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past. The event that causes him to cone out of hiding was a truely powerful and emotional scene. It was probably one of my favorite scenes of the entire movie and was an excellent reminder of the talent that Michael Fassbender brings to this franchise.
No, X-Men: Apocalypse was not the best movie in the X-Men franchise but it certainly was not the worst. I think it was an average superhero movie so for that, it is a must see for any fan of the X-Men universe. I will be adding this to my home video collection.
The Purge: Election Year
The Purge: Election Year was fine, but was a decent movie for what it was. It is a direct sequel to The Purge: Anarchy so we follow Frank Grillo once again. I liked this because it felt more like a sequel than the last one did. Anyway, this movie was pretty much exactly what you'd expect. Nothing more, nothing less. The action was fantastic and the craziness was ramped up to match the previous movie in the franchise. The movie features extremely cheesy dialogue and even cheesier side characters. This sounds like a negative but I was ok with this because I expected no different from this style of movie. What was a negative was two side characters, in particular, that were so overracted that it took me out of the movie. It was like they had no idea what movie they were in. I fault the director for this, for not being able to see the difference between "crazy tone" and bad performing. That being said this movie was SO crazy, and all scenes are shot out of context, I give the director credit for attempting this. I just had to address it.
Overall, this was a wild and crazy action. With lots of death and blood but in a way that is slightly comical. The Purge: Election Year delivered exactly what it promised. While I personally wouldn't add this to my home collection, I could see others doing so and I do recommend seeing this movie if you enjoyed The Purge: Anarchy.
Swiss Army Man
Swiss Army Man is not a movie that works for everyone. Some will think it is one of the better movies of the year, others will think it is a huge waste of time. I personally am one of the former, but with one of the biggest complaints for this movie being all the corpse fart and boner humor, I get why people may be taken out of the movie.
Paul Dano plays a man stranded on a deserted island and ready to commit suicide when a dead body (Daniel Radcliffe) washed to shore. The two then go on adventure together, trying to get back home. There mare a variety of ways that Dano uses the dead body as some sort of tool. Almost like a human Swiss army knife....hmm....weird.
The acting from both Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe is fantastic. Radcliffe plays a farting, talking dead body better than I though possible. He had to give dialogue while also seeming dead, I can't imagine how one would go about doing that, but he pulled it off.
How is the dead body talking in the story? Has Paul Dano gone insane? Has Harry Potter used a spell to escape death? Or is there some other explanation to it? You'll have to see the movie to find out. I think this movie is one of the better movies this year, and I think it is worth seeing.