Double Date at the O2

Happy Sunday, bloggers!

I hope you’re all having a great weekend so far. Mine is going very nicely so far. Last night, Elle and I met a couple of friends at the O2 for dinner/cinema.
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If you’re not familiar with the London O2, its a massive entertainment complex built inside (and outside) the millennium dome in Greenwich. There’s an arena here for concerts and events, a cinema with huge screens, and a multitude of restaurants and bars.
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In warmer months there are lots of outdoor vendors and stalls selling food and drink and sometimes outdoor music too. But in my opinion, the main attraction is the indoor ‘street’ as the bars and restaurants here are excellent. Elle and I have many happy memories of this place – cocktails, bowling, burgers and more!
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Last night we opted to go for a quick bite rather than a long meal. One of our friends had never been to Five Guys so we knew we had to take her there to try it out.

By the time we’d finished eating, she said she officially loved it. It occurs to me that by now I’ve blogged about Five Guys at least three times! Ah well… the heart wants what the heart wants I guess (or stomach, in my case).
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After dinner, the four of us headed upstairs to the cinema to watch X-Men: Apocalypse.

The film was largely decent, but in my opinion it is the weakest of the new trilogy. First Class and Days of Future Past both gave time and patience to their ensemble casts, giving them substance as well as fun. This time, more energy is given over to the spectacle of CGI destruction. If you’ve ever seen a Roland Emmerich film before, these scenes are likely to seem drab and unexciting. Apocalypse also isn’t particularly interesting as a villain, which is a shame given how imposing he is in the comics and 90’s cartoon series.
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What is great, however, is Quicksilver. I won’t spoil it, but he has an action scene that stands head and shoulders above the rest of the film’s action (you’ll know it when you see it). The rest of the cast perform their roles with depth and emotion, which allows for good viewing. Unfortunately the script/story lets them down. It just isn’t that interesting and favours global spectacle over personal stakes… and X-Men films/cartoons/comics have always been at their strongest when focusing on the personal stories of their characters. Its still worth a watch, though.
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Sunday is going to consist of housework and exercise. Not as exciting but necessary all the same. That’s all for now, folks. Whatever you’re doing, enjoy your Sunday : )

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3 thoughts on “Double Date at the O2

  1. Wow a little sad to hear about the new xmen movie, but at least you said it was still worth watching although I’m sure I would watch it even if it turned out to be crap haha! I’ve been wanting to see it but since I’m so far along in pregnancy I just can’t seem to sit through a movie that long. I’ll have to check if out as soon as it’s available to rent.

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    1. Thanks for the comment! It is definitely worth a watch as there are some great storylines in the film. It’s just that I thought the previous two films were so strong that this didn’t match up to already high bar. I hope you do enjoy it when you eventually get to see it : )

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