Well the good news is I think this is probably my favorite of the X-Men movies. That isn’t really saying much since I tend to not like them, but I actually really enjoyed this one.
X-Men Apocalypse is the newest installment in the franchise and pits the heroes against their toughest villain yet- the not-so-cleverly named Apocalypse. They must stop him and his henchmen from… well… bringing about the apocalypse.
There was a lot that I liked in this one. The biggest thing that stood out to me was the performance of Michael Fassbender. It was incredible and very powerful. It is definitely one of the best I’ve ever seen in a superhero movie. Most of the performances are good, but he really stood out. The story is more straightforward and much better than the confusing, muddled mess that was the previous movie, Days of Future Past. The action is good and shows off the powers of each character well. Most of the new characters are introduced in a way that really works and they are developed well. That was big for me since I don’t read comic books and didn’t know who they were. Though the movie does drag a bit at times and may be a bit too long, I was never bored with it.
This is an X-Men movie, though, so it naturally has a bunch of problems. First of all, I think Apocalypse is kind of a weak villain (ironic considering how strong his powers are) and was underdeveloped. I think Oscar Isaac was wasted a bit in that role. The stakes never felt very high, which is a huge problem with the movie considering how high they really were (ie. the end of the world). While I’m not one to usually pick out a bunch of plot holes, I did a couple times in this movie. There are a few “why didn’t he just do that?” moments. Also, while most of the new characters are introduced and developed well, there were a couple who were not at all, mainly on the villain’s side. Lastly, there was a cameo teased in one of the trailers that was pretty much the only reason I was excited for the movie (I won’t spoil it in case you didn’t see the trailer and want to save it for the movie, but it involves my favorite X-Man). That actually was one of my least favorite parts. It felt very forced and unnecessary.
I know it sounds like I’m hating on the movie a lot, but I did actually enjoy watching it. I’m a little surprised it’s gotten such poor reviews. Maybe it was because I went in with practically no expectations. But I found it very entertaining and I think it’s worth a watch. I was inititally going to give it around a 4, but after actually thinking about all the problems I had with it, I can’t get it that high. So, I’ll go with a 3.5/5 for X-Men: Apocalypse.
What did ya’ll think of the movie? Let me know in the comments. Also, if there are any hardcore X-Men fans out there, can you explain the after-credits scene to me? I didn’t get it at all.