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Extremely boring. utterly disappointing.
The biggest problem with this movie is that everyone went with different expectations and ...demands. The questions pending from The Force Awakens are completely discarded. It does little to nothing to establish a status quo within it's universe, the Force is effectively a plot device rather than a mystery to be explored, the side plot is effectively pointless (which could potentially pay off in the next installment )and finally there are some baffling decisions concerning the fate of some of the characters.
With all that said it's still an excellently directed, action packed, emotional roller coaster of a movie. It's easy to follow for younger audiences whose initiation to star wars was The Force Awakens.
I was quite fun. But it feels flat and cliche'd at the climax. As for Apocalypse he is an old school attempt at a monster villain. He wants to "cleanse" the earth with very little motivation, or background story as to why. What we know about him is that he was once betrayed, and that's about it. He isn't nearly as fleshed out as he should. The same can be said about The Horsemen: As in name and looks are what you'd expect, but they barely ever do anything. Sophie Turner's performance as Jean was hit and miss considering that she reverts back to her British accent frequently, but I believe she was a good, reserved iteration of Jean Grey. Another funny note is how those movies are jumping a decade every time and everyone is still at his 30s as opposed to being 50 or so. Great cameo from Hugh Jackman as well. I can't believe after 16 years he'll play the Wolverine just one more time. I originally had negative feelings about Jennifer Laurence's character, as she is nothing like the source material, and I thought her involvement wouldn't add anything to the plot, but I guess she did.
I blame not only Snyder, but the fanboys who started the whole debacle which works against the movie, among other things. For example Snyder has made so, it looks like Superman is doing everything as a chore. Really,this isn't the guy who would think that all life is sacred and he has to be a shining example, a beacon of hope, etc. Batman nearing his 50s still is grieving about his dead parents, which doesn't translate well anymore to mirror the struggle of real people who lost their family young. The movie hammers it pretty well, with 3 flashbacks in slo-mo and the Martha scene.(Who refers to their mother by her 1st name specifically under such circumstances?)
Action-packed is the only positive I can find in this mopfest.