X-Men: Apocalypse centers on an ancient Egyptian mutant, En Sabah Nur, with the ability to transfer his consciousness and absorb mutant powers. After some mishaps during a transference with a mutant who has regenerative powers, En Sabah Nur is sealed away until the not-so-present 1980’s. As En Sabah Nur, now nicknamed Apocalypse, recruits four powerful mutants to assist him with his plans for world annihilation, it’s up to the X-Men to save the world. Let’s discuss!
Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbinder, and Jennifer Lawrence’s ex who plays the Beast (and whose name I can’t remember) are back and damn do they do an amazing job. Remember how annoying Mystique was in X-Men: Days of Future Past? Well, she’s not anymore! Remember how much you hated Magneto in the entire X-Men franchise? Well, you’ll want to hug him after this movie! Remember Professor Xavier’s romance with Moira McTaggart in X-Men: Origins? Well, they are back at it again! Remember when you wondered why Beast was in this franchise? Well, you’ll still kind of wonder, but he still does a great job. The younger versions of Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Storm won’t disappoint either.
If you loved Quick Silver’s slow-motion scene in Days of Future Past, you’ll get a treat with yet another slow-motion rescue by the fast-footed wonder. Oh, and with Eurythmics “Sweet Dream’s (Are Made of This) pulsing in the background, this easily became my favorite scene in the entire movie. Jean Grey also terrifyingly unleashes the Phoenix Force against Apocalypse. However, unlike previous films, she was encouraged to let go and accept her powers (#GirlPower). Also, be on the lookout for Jubilee! You can spot her sporting her classic yellow coat and pink accessories.
Bonus: “The Four Horsemen” by Metallica during Angel’s transformation
Can we talk about Storm’s mohawk? I love an edgy haircut, but her sides were completely bald. Did she have laser hair removal or something? Also, Olivia Munn, who plays Psylocke, rejected the roll of Vanessa in Deadpool because she did not want to play a ‘typical girlfriend’ role. I respect that, but I’ll admit that her role as Psylocke wasn’t an improvement. She had few lines, undefined powers, and served no purpose in the film (as did Angel). Moreover, I am still unsure how Apocalypse’s powers transfer when he attains a new body, but they did a wonderful job on his makeup.
I felt as though the film had too many characters, which made the plot a little unfocused. Also, Wolverine’s cameo was predictable, though appreciated. The CGI during the final battle looked cheap and overdone. Storm and Jubilee are the only people of color in the film, with Jubilee never being named or given the chance to showcase powers.
I gave it a 3.5/5