Successful Summer Sequels?

Yay summer’s here! For some of you, the first thing you want to do when the sun hits the sky is be outside but if you’re a film fan you may feel torn between soaking up the rays and spending time in a dark cinema room relishing the hottest new summer film releases. And with these bad boy upcoming summer movies we don’t blame you!

We’ve noticed a lot of sequels are out during 2016’s summer months but do you reckon they’re worth sacrificing time outside to go see?

X-Men: Apocalypse (Released 18th May)

Having been released at the onset of summer, X-Men: Apocalypse is one of the only summer sequels I’ve seen so far and if this summer sequel is anything to go by, we’re in for a treat this sunny season!

With James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Hugh Jackman now firmly established as favourable actors to portray popular characters Professor X, Magneto and Wolverine respectively, this film was already tipped to be a good watch. We saw bad-ass Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) attempting to train and mould young Gene (Sophie Turner), Scott (Tye Sheridan) and Storm (Alexandra Shipp) into the kick-ass X-Men we know them to be in a bid to take down the all-powerful, almighty, all-destroying, Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), the world’s first mutant who has, quite unconveniently been re-awakened by- you guessed it, by pesky meddling humans.

The film brilliantly depicted the two polar opposite sides of having powers, with the pain and loss of the tortured souls of Wolverine and Magneto portraying the fact that having supernatural abilities can be a burden- though more Wolverine would have given this movie a huge boost especially as it is set to be Hugh Jackman’s penultimate outing in the role he plays so well- and amusing Quicksilver (Evan Peters) illustrating the fun and cool side of having powers with his speedy antics and mischief shown in hilarious slow motion.

Lots of explanatory nods to the first three films were cleverly crafted into the film, including why Storm’s hair is white, why Magneto sports that iconic helmet and why the Professor is bald and Gene also made a cheeky reference to X-Men: Last Stand being a poor film and you’ve got to love a franchise that can poke fun at itself.

Whilst I don’t reckon Sophie Turner was quite as edgy in her performance as Gene as Famke Janssen was, she was playing a younger version of the powerful telekinetic and is a young actress herself so perhaps she will grow into the role. Evan Peters does a great job at playing Quicksilver, though the fact that his character didn’t reveal to an unsuspecting Magneto that he is his long-long son at that all-so pivotal moment was a little frustrating.

The film was an all-round entertaining watch with the musical score powerful enough to give you goose bumps and the movie being a special effects spectacle, the destruction scenes, the reverie of Egyptian worshipping the ancient Apocalypse and golden richness of the bygone civilisation at the beginning of the film being completely captivating.

So with X-Men: Apocalypse ticking all the boxes here’s some top summer releases we reckon are must-sees! 

  1. Jason Bourne (Out 27th July 2016)

 

2. Star Trek Beyond (Out 22nd July)

 

3. Independence Day: Resurgence (released 23rd June)

 

4. Now You See Me 2 (out 4th July)

 

5. The Conjuring 2 (released 13th June)

 

What sequel are planning to see this summer? Which one are you most excited for and do you reckon they’ll liveu p to your expectations? Let us know on our 45-Magazine Twitter and Facebook!