For those of you who watch the show Collider Heroes on YouTube, you will know that Robert Meyer Burnett has been featured as a guest for quite some time now. He’s famous for constantly bringing up his obsession for collecting Hot Toys figurines. It seems he can’t go an episode without mentioning his amazing collection.
However, one of the more fascinating aspects of Burnett, is that he has collaborated on a lot of projects with well-known X-Men franchise director, Bryan Singer. Burnett’s own production company, named Ludovico Technique LLC, have helped with the DVD releases on some of Singer’s films including The Usual Suspects, Superman Returns, X-Men and X2: X-Men United. Burnett is also well recognized for being one of Singer’s best friends. In fact, Robert had a chance to actually see the film with Bryan in Singer’s own home!
With less than a month to go for the release of X-Men: Apocalypse, Burnett gives audiences a little taste of what we can expect from Singer’s latest adaptation to the X-Men franchise. The review begins around the three minute mark and continues on for about five minutes. You can check out the video below!
What did Burnett think of the film overall?
“I’d give it a 9,” says Burnett after having been asked by the shows host Jon Schnepp on what his score was out of 10. Burnett jokes throughout the video and informs the audience that “it’s a shame I’m not allowed to say about ___,” when in fact he does. Burnett also mentions that it’s probably his favorite X-Men film of all time.
He also goes a little more into detail on his experience claiming that “as a life-long comic book fan, I got more “sweaty” watching X-Men: Apocalypse than any other movie.” The term “sweaty” here is a word that this show continues to use when they mention how amazing a comic or film is, by capturing the essence of the source material. Being "sweaty," is also meant to signify the inner fandom of that individual. To put it simply, if what being said is deemed “sweaty,” consider that a positive.
Does it have emotional tensions?
Burnett continues to say how impressed he was with this film mentioning that at one point there were “tears of rapturous joy” streaming down his face. X-Men: Days of Future Past certainly had its moments of despair, but it also had those notable moments for any person who grew up watching the X-Men Animated Series and appreciated it for what it was.
There were a few scenes that were extremely emotional, particularly the scene where Xavier explains to Mystique that whatever decision she makes, will affect the future. “Everything that happens now, is in your hands” says Charles. This crucial moment, allowed the mutants to live and fight another day. I think we can all anticipate more of these types of scenes in X-Men: Apocalypse.
What about the characters?
“Like all of Bryan’s movies, it’s all about character, character, character.”
I absolutely LOVE Robert’s stress on the word ‘character’ here. Afterall, without strong characters, a film can and will falter. Fortunately, the X-Men films have done a great job building up the necessary foundation to allow audiences to grow and become attached to these characters.
Another part of this characterization that Robert speaks of, comes directly from the marketing. Robert claims that the film is a “lot different than what the trailers are making it out to be.” While the trailers have appeared to focus more heavily on the action spectacle of the film, Burnett doesn’t shy away from the fact that Singer is a pro-character driven director. He speaks highly on the strength of the characters in this movie even going so far as to reference Singer’s last X-Men film, X-Men: Days of Future Past.
He’s absolutely right when he says that Days of Future Past doesn’t have a ton of action in it. There are many moments where it's just the characters having a discussion while planning on what to do next. But those were some of the best scenes in the movie. Based on Burnett’s comments, we can expect much more of this- but of course there will also be plenty of action for fans to soak in as well.
Robert’s Final Thoughts
“I really shouldn’t say this, but its so FUN.”
Unfortunately due to Robert’s restrictions, he couldn’t honestly tell us how much fun he had at Bryan's house. I mean just claiming that he had SO MUCH FUN watching this film certainly speaks volumes. One more thing he touched on was that the trailers haven’t spoiled anything. As we all know, Hollywood whether intentionally or unintentionally, spoiled many films.
Some of the recent trailers include Wonder Woman’s introduction and the Justice League team up in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, as well as revealing the main villain in last year's Terminator Genisys. From my point of view, the marketing for X-Men: Apocalypse has done a tremendous job thus far. There is nothing that appears to have spoiled a major plot point in this movie from any of the trailers. This certainly bodes well for a film that will be released just a few short weeks after another Marvel film titled Captain America: Civil War is unleashed in theaters.
His review may have been brief, but Robert has certainly amped-up my excitement level even higher! To say that this is probably his favorite X-Men film is astounding. Of course he could easily be saying this due to his buddy-relationship with Bryan Singer, but I tend to believe him. I absolutely love Days of Future Past and I still say it’s my personal favorite X-Men film to date.
To be honest, X-Men: Apocalypse doesn’t need to be better. It just has to be another incredible addition to the X-Men franchise. And from everything Robert is saying about this movie, it certainly is worthy of being another great X-Men film.
What I’d like to know is, what is your favorite X-Men film so far? Are you more excited for X-Men: Apocalypse after hearing Burnett’s review? Please let me know what you think in the comment section below! Also please let me know in the poll what your favorite X-Men film is so far!
What is your favorite X-Men movie so far?
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