X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

Director: Bryan Singer
Writers: Simon Kinberg (Screenplay), Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris (Story)
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac, and more.

To be honest, this movie was the one I have been anticipating for quite some time. Yes, I was INSANELY excited for ‘Captain America: Civil War’, and yes I was eagerly anticipating ‘Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ to see where I landed on the critic scale, but this one: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ has had me running in circles from being immensely excited to being highly skeptical to being not interested at all. It has been quite the roller coaster ride but now my anticipation has settled. The day has come that the newest installment in the X-Men series is here and fans, critics, and typical movie-goers can now weigh in on what they think. Most importantly… I can weigh in! (Sorry, that was way too conceited but whatever, anyway…)

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ kicks off introducing us to the world’s first mutant, Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) in the time period of ancient Egypt. We witness him having a ceremony where he is transferring his consciousness to a new and fresh mutant body but conspirators interrupt this ceremony and while he never completed his transference, his four horseman protected him while he slept, but not without their own self-sacrifice. Leaving the world’s first mutant asleep for eras. After the introduction of Apocalypse concludes, the film piggybacks right where they left off after the events of ‘Days of Future Past’. We get glimpses of where Erik/Magneto (Michael Fassbender) is now hiding out, away from society. Glimpses of the bustling School for Gifted Youngsters, which is housing plenty of familiar mutants including Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), and many more of which we are introduced/re-introduced to throughout the movie. We also get our first “new” glimpse of Scott Summers (Tye Sheridan) as he has his first run-in with his gift. Which results in him being taken to Xavier’s school, accompanied by his older brother Alex Summers (Lucas Till). Lastly, we get a glimpse of the whereabouts of Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) as she is out saving mutants who have been exposed to the brutal world.

With all the mutants carrying on with what is considered their version of normal life; elsewhere, Apocalypse wakes from his slumber after disciples perform a ritualistic chant and incidental actions cause sunshine to flood into his chamber of which he was trapped. With Apocalypse back on his feet and as he learns what the world has turned into during his entrapment. Apocalypse vows to take back his world along with all of his children. Starting with the acquirement of his new age four horseman. While Apocalypse begins the motions of retaking his world, Charles Xavier learns of Apocalypse’s awakening and begins to prepare for a battle to save both humankind and mutantkind with his students and fellow mutants by his side.

So, with the announcement of ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ and coming off of the momentum that ‘Days of Future Past’ left me with… I was first extremely excited for this sequel. As time went on, announcements were made regarding casting and directions and as trailers were released, my excitement started to lose steam. As of yesterday before my screening of the film, I was prepared to rate this movie a 5/10 and was anticipating to be highly disappointed. I am more than happy to say I was extremely wrong. My early predictions had me hating what seemed to be Jennifer Lawrence/Mystique leading the X-Men. Upset at what seemed to be Xavier acting as a supporting role. Disappointed in the result of Apocalypse, and I probably had more negative anticipations that I can no longer remember. All of these early predictions were shot down. I enjoyed this film incredibly. From start to finish, I was locked in with every line, actions sequence, comedic relief, everything. I was satisfied with every actor/actress’ performance INCLUDING Jennifer Lawrence, whom of which I have never been a major fan of with her portrayal of Mystique. Apocalypse was as bad-ass and powerful as I would have wanted and Oscar Isaac delivered. I am highly impressed at the way X-Men has handled their timeline altering and making it work well moving forward. And lastly, did you really think I would not mention my boy at least once? Wolverine’s cameo (Hugh Jackman) was everything I hoped and dreamed for. There were small negative points and gripes I had with the film but nothing major to alter my overall response to the film as whole. I am happy to be proven wrong. ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ was extremely entertaining and overall an excellent installment to the film series. I highly recommend a watch for the sleeper superhero movie of the year.

Rating: 3/5


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