Hard to believe that after sixteen years and nine movies the X-men movies still can keep things interesting and change things up. X-men: Apocalypse is no different it features our merry band of mutants taking on one of their toughest foes to date. When the first mutant Apocalypse decides that the world has become weak in his absence he enlists the help of some of the world’s strongest mutants to wreak havoc. Now it’s up to the X-men to stop him before he brings the apocalypse.
X-men: Apocalypse is a good movie, not the best from Bryan Singer and company but far from the worst. They crafted a story that has a good amount of fun and action but still manages to be dark and intense at times. There is also a good bit of fan service, with some scenes popping right out from the comic. A few in particular will have fans of the comics saying “I can’t believe they did that”. This is probably the most accurate the characters costumes have looked to their comic counterparts. Speaking of which most of the new cast does great Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Kodi Smit-Mcphee, and Alexandra Shipp did great jobs as Cyclops, Jean Grey, Nightcrawler, and Storm respectively. Considering the shoes they had to fill that’s saying something.
While those characters did good with the material there is a downside. I would have liked to have seen a lot more character development. Bryan Singer can usually manage big cast very well, but some new characters got the short end of the stick. Unfortunately Apocalypse was one of the casualties of this under development. I was happy to see a new villain, but he never had the menacing presence I was expecting. He was supposed to be this big bad that all other mutants feared but he was never more than a side threat instead of the movies big bad. One reason he never felt like a main threat is because they went with the tried and true formula of making the movie the Magneto show. They have gone to the Magneto wheel one two many times, this was their chance to do something bigger but came up short in the villain department. Saying that Magnetos story is great and he comes full circle from the first class movie. I would have gladly had some of that cut if it meant some of the other characters getting a little more back story.
X-men: Apocalypse was a good movie that did try to go against the grain, but came up short. Because of that it falls somewhere in the middle of the franchise. I will say that they did try. The action is some of the best the franchise has seen and the new additions to the cast endeared themselves to me. I hope the next movie can fix what this one was lacking, and can grow on what has now been established. I’m very excited to see where the X-men go next. X-men: Apocalypse should definitely be seen in the movies, but by no means should you rush. I give it 7 X’s out of ten.