X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
Moving from the 1970s to the 80s after the events of Days of Future Past, the X-Men, along with Professor X (James McAvoy) are thriving and enrolling new students everyday. Magento (Michael Fassbender) is 10 years removed from the Washington incident and in hiding as an ordinary factory worker in Germany. However, when an ancient mutant is awoken in Egypt, he needs to recruit 4 mutants to do his bidding and Magneto, along with 3 others, are on his list of recruits. His name is Apocalypse (Oscar Issacs) and he has the power to manipulate things on a molecular level, and is able to use Professor X as a mind megaphone to all mutants! With the destruction of the planet at hand, the team of X-men lead by Raven (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Cyclopes (Tye Sheridan), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) will try their best to bring down the most powerful mutant in history.
If you read my other X-Men reviews, you know I haven’t been that big a fan of the film because of 1 main reason and that is familiarity and connection with the characters, well today, I’m about to back track on that and not because I got what I want. If you noticed above, I said this movie goes from the 70s to the 80s, and if any of you know, the colorful X-Men most of us know don’t show up until the 1990s. So basically, the movies are trying to be faithful to the comics and have the X-Men look dingy and drab because that is how they looked in those times. I mean Cyclopes, Jean Grey, Nightcrawler and Storm are simply teenagers! Because of this, I can only hope that the direction of the X-Men series will take us to seeing our familiar colorful heroes soon!
Let me first talk about things in this movie that I enjoyed before I nitpick on the flaws. First off, the character developments are still on par. Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy are still doing a great job and Jennifer Lawrence is becoming more and more a larger role. I think Sophie Turner was a solid Jean Grey and Tye Sheridan shows us what Cyclopes would be like as a teen. I think the emotion behind the characters shine through such as what happens to Magneto in Germany and how Jean reacts to the Professor X almost dying. I think Beast is starting to feel like Beast, but I think they need to make him a little bigger, and the Weapon X cameo was a nice addition! Overall, the same things are there from Days of Futures Past, except we are seeing more familiar mutants that will take us into the 90s.
The things I didn’t like about the movie are minor issues in compared to the comics. They don’t detract from the movie itself, but just things I noticed. First off, Alex is Scott’s YOUNGER brother, and in this movie, it is obvious that Alex has history with his powers and is older. Something else incorrect I noticed was with Jubilee. She was a teenager in the 90s when Storm, Jean and Cyclopes run the show, and seeing as the major X-Men of the 90s are in their late teens here, Jubilee should still be in diapers. I liked the development of Nightcrawler, but the emo hair needs to go! It’s the 80s afterall! The Quicksilver sequence seemed forced due to the love everyone had for the one in Days of Future Past. It seemed to be there for laughs rather than functionality yet that is exactly why it was in there, to save everyone. Wish it was done on a serious note rather than to be comedic. Lastly, my major issue is with Apocalypse himself. I heard that Brian Singer deliberately chose not to make him look like his comic book self for whatever reason, and then ended up having him talk for most of the movie. It isn’t until the end that he changes sizes like he is known to do. The character didn’t feel like the Apocalypse I knew so that was a let down.
At the end of the day, X-Men: Apocalypse isn’t as bad as the critics make it out to be. It has heart and it tries to be a good installment that allows many story lines to branch out. Wolverine 3 will come from this. The next X-Men story will come from this and hopefully, we will finally see the X-Men we know from the animated series! I’m glad I saw this. Even though my expectations were very low, I was entertained! Co-starring Rose Byrne, Olivia Munn, Alexandra Shipp, Ben Hardy, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, Lana Condor, Lucas Till, and Tomas Lemarquis.
7/10 Stars – Still isn’t the X-Men I want to see, but it is a step closer as the characters are taking shape and discovering how to use their powers. Entertaining and not as bad as everyone says!