This past summer there were a handful of high-profile movie releases that disappointed eager audiences. There was no shortage of recognizable franchise titles, sequels, and reboots, ranging from the big-screen debut of Warcraft to the return of Jason Bourne, that ultimately let their respective fan bases down. When the dust settles, 2016 will serve as a lesson for studios’ future releases, particularly for 20th Century Fox and its X-Men franchise.
The studio started off the year with one of the biggest surprise hits in years with the release of Deadpool. However, the movie that was previously anticipated as one of the year’s most sure-fire blockbusters, X-Men: Apocalypse, didn’t play so well with a good number of moviegoers. Scoring a Rotten Tomatoes score of 48%, neither Apocalypse nor its eponymous villain (as played by Oscar Isaac) came out looking all that great.
Now it’s time for Screen Junkies to throw all of the X-Men’s furniture in the front yard. No major movie, no matter how good or bad, escapes their parody series Honest Trailers, and it’s X-Men: Apocalypse turn pay the piper. For more, watch the video above.
The newest Honest Trailer touches on all of the X-Men franchise’s sensitive nerves and takes no prisoners with their observant wrath. Its shines a spotlight on Apocalypse‘s most glaring issues – ranging from Jennifer Lawrence’s uninspired performance, the lack of continuity in the timeline and plot, Professor X’s questionable friendship with Magneto, and/or the misguided adaptation of Apocalypse to the big-screen.
The Screen Junkies’ video series has not only built a huge following, but has also gained legitimate acclaim – with Honest Trailers even being nominated for an Emmy this year. So while the series rarely fails to bring the laughs, it seems that the Honest Trailers’ trademark brand of satire actually has depth underneath all of its humor.
While the X-Men franchise stumbled with the latest release, it will be interesting to see where the series goes from here. There are upcoming solo sequels in the works in Deadpool 2 and the freshly named Wolverine sequel, Logan. However, while there have been rumblings that a followup is in development to X-Men: Apocalypse, there have not yet been any official announcements on what that could be. Fortunately, we have the hilarity of Honest Trailers to hold us over in the meantime.
X-Men Apocalypse is available now on Digital HD and Blu-ray.
Logan opens in U.S. theaters on March 3, 2017, followed by unannounced X-Men films on October 6, 2017, March 2, 2018, and June 29, 2018. Deadpool 2, Gambit, New Mutants and X-Force are currently in development.