Synopsis: With the emergence of the world's first mutant, Apocalypse, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan.
I love the X-Men series especially the last few have been exceptional (see what I did there?) First Class and Days of Future Past have been great which is why I had high expectations for the third installment of the First Class trilogy. Unfortunately it didn’t quite live up to that, which is funny because Bryan Singer decided to make a joke in the movie about how bad third installments are trying to poke fun at how bad X-Men The Last Stand was but he inadvertently was also making fun of this movie too in a bit of irony.
X-Men Apocalypse started off really well, the introduction of Apocalypse was great and action packed and seeing his past Four Horseman was very cool and well done. One thing stood out to me though about this sequence that would set the tone for the rest of the movie, this movie is pretty graphic for a superhero movie aimed at kids. Just in the first scene alone you see people getting melted away or bent out of shape. I’m not saying it’s gratuitous or excessive like Deadpool but it was a bit of shock considering it was kind of a departure from the tone set by the past X-Men films. The movie did a great job with showing you where the old characters were in their lives as well introducing the new comers. In particular I especially loved Magneto’s subplot about him trying to live a normal life but ultimately the Mutant war draws him back in a heartbreaking fashion, however after that that’s where the movie kind of starts to drag incredibly.
There are just so many scenes that are in there that seem too long and drawn out or just unnecessary all together. For example there are many scenes that show how Apocalypse is destroying the world and all this damage he is doing to the world but it just goes on and on. It got to the point where I was like “ok I get it he’s starting the Apocalypse can we get on with the movie?” Without spoiling anything the other thing I was disappointed by was how in a movie with so many great and iconic characters with the exception of Quicksilver no one really got any cool what I like to call “geek-out” moments. Quicksilver again like Days of Future Past he’s got a badass scene like the one in the kitchen maybe even better! No one really does anything which is especially sad because we’ve seen it done so great in Captain America Civil War.
Even though the actors didn’t really get much to do, this movie had some great performances. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are excellent as usual as Xavier and Magneto. The particular stand out for me was Alexandra Shipp who plays Strom. I really liked her; she looked the part and was perfectly cast! The problem is that there are so many characters nobody really gets any time to be developed and fleshed out at all. Angel and Psylocke for example are literally there to be nameless henchmen you get no backstory or motivation. These are two of the more famous comic book X-Men and they’re just reduced to throw away baddies… Let’s talk about the villain himself Apocalypse. Oscar Isaac is a great actor and he does what he could with the material he’s given but I never get the sense of intimidation I should with a being that literally has limitless super powers and is essentially invincible.
Last thing I’ll mention is I loved the costume design this time around Singer has finally started to slowly move away from the leather black suits they are slowing starting to get closer to their comic book equivalents and that is awesome because the X-Men have some of the most recognizable and iconic costumes.
I did enjoy the movie for the most part and had a good amount of fun but there was just so much going on, with so many characters it took a little away from the experience. There are a lot of things that people who are X-Men comic fans or fans of the entire X-Men movie franchise that people will get excited about and love. Overall I enjoyed the movie but was left slightly unsatisfied with the movie. Of all the X-Men movies so far which one’s your favorite let me know in the comments!