X-Men: Apocalypse

This is a slightly different review, as well as going to see the film on opening night I went to the red carpet of the European Fan Screening at the Southbank BFI IMAX on Monday 9th May.

We arrived at the BFI at approx 7am to collect wristbands as we had been informed to do by the BFI staff the day before. We were in line for about an hour and then managed to get good numbers (64-70). They were only giving out up to 200 numbers so we were very happy with those.
After getting the wristbands we all decided to go home to sleep and shower before returning at 12 to get into the pens (I know, we sound like animals)
We luckily got to the front barriers and with bags of food and drink in tow the wait began. We waited for about 5 hours before the stars started to arrive and the heavens opened. We got soaked. The carpet was no longer a beautiful shade of blue but a wet, dirty mess. I felt sorry for the stars tottering around in 6 inch stilettos.  (Although I didn’t really)

The event itself was alright, it was amazing seeing some of my favourite actors; the likes of James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence and Oscar Isaac. But the absolute highlight for me was meeting Tye Sheridan, he is one of the best under 20’s actors around at the moment and I managed to get my copy of Jeff Nicholls Mud signed by him which he seemed very flattered by.
Aside from being nearly crushed by the crazy sellers behind us we had a really great day. We got to see some of our favourites and I managed to get a few autographs.
Thanks to the BFI for a great event.

As for the film itself, it was absolutely phenomenal. Better than Days of Futures Past but not quite as good as First Class.
The casting was perfect, I loved Oscar Isaac in a villainous role. He’s a very talented actor.
I think one of the best things that has been brought to the MCU is Evan Peters’ Quicksilver. He is such a funny, witty, likeable character who’s back story develops more and more with each film.
The audience loves him and again Brian Singers direction included a brilliant slow motion sequence where Quicksilver manages to save just about all the students in the school.
For me Tye Sheridan was the best newcomer to the series and of course McAvoy and Fassbender work so perfectly together.
Very very impressed. I loved it.

X-Men: Apocalypse

Demolition

Demolition follows the story of a young husband who has recently lost his wife to a fatal car accident. The character finds himself feeling very little emotion and comes to the conclusion that he actually doesn’t miss his wife and perhaps never really loved her. Throughout the story we see the character escape from his monotonous routine of everyday life and start to find new things to do and see and experiment with.
Davis, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, soon comes to terms with what he has experienced and finds comfort and friendship in that of a customer service worker for a vending machine company, played by Naomi Watts.

Jake Gyllenhaal leads this film with his impeccable acting ability, I failed to see anything within his performance that was anything less that perfection. To me, he is one of the greatest actors of his generation and I always look forward to whatever it is he is doing next.
Alongside Gyllenhaal is new young actor Judah Lewis who plays the young boy of a lady of whom Gyllenhaals character befriends. His character is going through a tough time as a young teenager struggling to discover his true self, a beautiful back story that actually has much more emotion and feeling to it than that of Davis. Lewis is a fantastic actor, with true potential and I look forward to whatever is in store for him in the future.

I really brilliant film, so beautifully written with an addictive edge to it. I really liked it, a lot more than I thought I would.
One day Jake Gyllenhaal will be collecting the gold statuette he so truly deserves.

Demolition