The X-Men universe is one of Fox’s and Marvel’s most successful franchises, spanning over 16 years and nine movies (if you count “Deadpool”). With such a huge fan base and a name such as “X-Men: Apocalypse,” the movie was expected to make waves. While it certainly was dominating the Memorial Day box office, the villain was not nearly as cataclysmic as one might expect.
In this installment, the world’s first mutant, the supposedly all powerful Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) rises from a few thousand years slumber to rid the world of non-mutants. Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Psylocke (Olivia Munn) and Angel (Ben Hardy) become the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and wreak havoc on the world, resulting in the X-Men coming together in order to save humanity.
You would think with the name Apocalypse the villain would be extremely powerful and the scariest being to ever exist. In reality, the Four Horsemen do more damage to the world than Apocalypse himself. While Apocalypse does in fact have incredible powers, he is nothing without other mutants, his tools in a sense. It’s not surprising that alone he is basically powerless.
The plot itself was as predictable as one might expect when the end of the world is in sight and the X-Men are involved. However the movie was still enjoyable and entertaining, directly catering to the fans. With a balance of extreme sadness and overwhelming humor, the highs and lows made for an emotional wave that left the audience attentive the entire movie.
Unlike the last couple of X-Men films, this one reintroduced some familiar characters, including Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee). These three are portrayed quite differently than their original appearances in the first X-Men trilogy, and in some cases, different is better. Jean Grey is a vital player in saving the world, yet there are many times she could have made the situation easier if she had just unleashed her true power and kept her head out of the clouds. Cyclops is a teen with a serious attitude problem, very much different than the Cyclops we know from the original trilogy, yet his rebelliousness is expected from a teen in his situation and works for the movie. Nightcrawler is definitely a fan favorite and with his quirkiness he almost rivals Quicksilver (Evan Peters), who thankfully had more screen time than in the past, leading to some of the movie’s best moments.
Overall, the movie was the definition of an entertaining summer superhero movie. It wasn’t quite anything special and it was definitely cookie cutter, but it’s a part of a franchise that we can’t help but come back to time and time again.