Review: X-Men – Apocalypse

Title: X-Men: Apocalypse
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Brian Singer
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence
Runtime: 2 hr 27 mins

What It Is: When an ancient threat named En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac) is brought back to life after several thousand years of slumber he seeks to find unlimited power. Using his four horsemen in new entries Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Archangel (Ben Hardy), and Storm (Alexandra Shipp) along with Erik Lehnsherr aka Magneto (Fassbender). When Apocalypse discovers Prof. Xavier (McAvoy) telepathic powers he believes it is a necessity to meld with him and accumulate this power. Now his students and old friends must save him from the diabolic force.

What We Think: It struggles to tell a coherent story but dammit did I enjoy myself! All of the new mutants were pretty good I especially enjoyed Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler. Theirs a lot to be desired in the way of the story as most of it gets jumbled. Sure it tries to juggle too much stuff but it is fun enough. Most of that fun is once again thanks to Evan Peters’ Quicksilver. Once again this guy kills it! I’m hoping that guy gets a spin-off because I could watch him do his thing all day! I’m also hoping this will be the last of Jennifer Lawrence because she was completely phoning this in and I was already never a huge fan of her Mystique anyway.

Our Grade: C+, It is not a failure but it certainly isn’t nearly as good as the previous installment X-Men: Days of Future Past which was not just a good movie in this franchise but in the genre itself. Sure enough, they tried too hard to go too big and it did not quite work. I still recommend you check it out especially if only to finish out the trilogy.

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