I’ve been reluctant to buy into the whole “super-hero fatigue”thing, but three gigantic super-hero films in the space of two months (and four in three months if we go back to Deadpool) have me thinking they might to at least space these out a little. Granted, it’s not like any of these films have stepped on the others as far as box office goes, but one couldn’t be blamed for thinking they’re kind of running together, despite differences in tone and quality. Still, we get a horror film and a comedy and a drama pretty much every month, and nobody talks about being fatigued by those. Then again, those aren’t coming mostly from two studios. But in the end, make them good, and I won’t care how many we get.
I do care how many of these Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland movies we get, with one having been too many and two being downright indefensible on any grounds other than Alice having inexplicably made over a billion dollars worldwide. So it was just a matter of time until Burton and Disney spewed forth another Technicolor Hot Topic nightmare that will do great overseas because no one will have to pay attention to the plot. Alice Through the Looking Glass is — no, I can’t bring myself to write any more about it. I’m having flashbacks to the first film and I may have to just walk away from the keyboard for a while until the shaking stops.
Okay, that’s better.
Speaking of better, X-Men: Apocalypse is inevitably going to be compared to Civil War and Dawn of Justice, and having seen it last night, I can say it settles comfortably between the two. It doesn’t have the accumulated heft and supporting story that Cap’s latest outing had, but it’s also nowhere near the dreary slog that Batman v Superman was. You can rack your brain trying to figure out how this could possibly tie in to the timeline of the first two X-Men films, or you can just sit back and go with some well-done super-hero mayhem. I chose the latter and had a good time with it. Which is what this all supposed to be about, right?
And now I have to go. I caught a glimpse of that Alice poster up there and may need to go punch something.