Whilst ostensibly, X-Men: Apocalypse deals with the emergence of the world’s first mutant, Apocalypse in the 80s, and the X-Men’s attempts to defeat his extinction level plan, it is actually the conclusion of the time-hopping trilogy that began with the Matthew Vaughn-helmed X-Men: First Class. With the re-introduction of beloved X-Men characters like Scott Summers/Cyclops (Tye Sheriden), Phoenix/Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and Storm/Ororo Munroe (Alexandra Shipp), the movie sets the stage for the X-Men’s new adventures.
The star power of James McAvoy (Professor Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Magneto) and Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique) mostly keep us entertained despite the glaring plot holes that pepper the movie. There is heart in Simon Kinberg’s script that draws from the relationships built amongst the characters over the course of the last two movies. The movie comes across like an X-Men comic – not of the 80s, when it is set – but of the last 20 years, where the soap opera quotient is high, the action is epic and the story is a convoluted mess. It is best not to think too much about the plot inconsistencies (and Oscar Issac’s rather under-whelming portrayal of Apocalypse) and simply enjoy the ride.
Olivia Munn (eye candy!), the obligatory Quicksilver speed-infused scene, a cool Phoenix force demo, the Weapon X cameo and that diss against X-Men: The Last Stand. Priceless!
Director Bryan Singer knows what he’s got here – the fight for family with super heroic stakes – and he never pretends that X-Men: Apocalypse is anything else. Good fun – enjoy it with your heart and not your mind.
X-Men: Apocalypse is in the cinemas now!