Jennifer Lawrence was joined by “X-Men: Apocalypse” cast mates James McAvoy, Oscar Isaac and Sophie Turner of “Game of Thrones” fame on Good Morning America this morning (May 26) to hype the film. It’s expecting a big weekend opening despite poor reviews.
Lawrence returns to the film series as shape-shifting mutant Mystique and she’s in the fight of her life against the penultimate villain.
McAvoy reprises his role as Professor Charles Xavier, aka Professor X, while Turner debuts in the superhero series as Jean Grey, aka Phoenix.
Jean is a mutant who has both telepathic and telekinetic powers, but she’s unsure about, and frightened by, her strange gifts. Charles Xavier takes her under his wing and she becomes one of his most prized students.
The villain they face is En Sabah Nur, aka Apocalypse, played by Isaac.
He’s the world’s most powerful mutant. Nur was born in ancient Egypt and is immortal. After being entombed for a couple thousand years, he’s freed and sets out to destroy what he perceives as a very flawed earth.
His powers include telekinesis, telepathy, technopathy, super-strength, and a nifty cybersuit to boot.
“The stakes are definitely higher in this one because we’ve never had a villain before that’s straight up about to wipe off the face of the earth,” said Lawrence describing the character.
“It feels like an X-Men movie that I’ve been waiting for because some things happen that are so classic from the comic books,” said Isaac.
And that may be the movie’s ultimate failing. Ahead of its opening weekend, it has a rotten, 39 percent rating among top critics on rottentomatoes, which tracks reviews. Critics scored the film for being too cliched and “middling” as superhero films go.
“Rarely has the end of the world felt so inconsequential,” wrote David Frese of the Kansas City Star.
The $240 million film opens Friday (May 27) Memorial Day weekend, kicking off the summer blockbuster season. It will go head-to-head against Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass.”
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