X-Men: Apocalypse is neither the best, nor the worst entry in the series. That doesn’t mean it’s bad. Thunderball is a very good James Bond movie, but it’s no Goldfinger.
A long time ago in Egypt, “Apocalypse”/En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac) was trapped underground. He escaped in 1983, about seventeen years before everyone got jetpacks and Jetson cars. The first thing he does upon resurection is recruit four horsemen, which I knew was going to happen, for the Bible told me so.
The first mutant Nur meets is Storm, (Alexandra Shipp) so she’s on the team. She’s followed by Psylocke, (Olivia Munn) Angel/Archangel, (Ben Hardy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender). With the exception of Magneto, (and possibly Storm) those wouldn’t be the first four in my X-Men fantasy draft–but needs must.
As always, the internet got all hyper in its collective diaper when it was announced that Magneto was signing up with Team Apocalypse, for he is no one’s side man. Trust me when I say he has a compelling reason. These are the same people who had a shit-fit when Hugh Jackman was cast as Wolverine, and look how that’s worked out. When you are casting movie roles based solely on their resemblence to their comic book counterparts, you get Olivia Munn as Psylocke. Olivia Munn is to Apocalypse, as January Jones is to First Class. Except that January Jones had far more lines of dialogue. Make of that what you will.
Some people say that Jennifer Lawrence “mailed in” her performance as Mystique, but it wasn’t as bad as all that. She didn’t have that much to do in Apocalypse, and neither did Nicholas Hoult as Beast/Hank McCoy, who is one of my favorite X-Men in both the movies and comics.
It was nice to see Moira MacTaggart (Rose Byrne) again. I like how Charles (James McAvoy) was a bit lovestruck around her at first.
The X-Men films have always deviated from the comics, so it makes sense that in Apocalypse, Jean (Sophie Turner) was at Xavier’s school before Scott (Tye Sheridan), both of whom get cool introductions. As does Kodi Smit-McPhee, who plays Nightcrawler. If you are a fan of Jubilee, (Lana Condor) just look for the girl in the yellow jacket. But don’t blink, or you’ll miss her. I’m betting that next year, Fox will release “The Jubilee Cut” on Blu-ray. It will contain the mall scene that was in the ads, but not the movie.
As for the returning actors, Lucas Till who plays Havoc had a lot more to to in Apocalypse than in Days of Future Past. And Evan Peters is back as Quicksilver. Yay!
There have been rumors that Apocalypse is the last go ’round for director Bryan Singer. If so, I cannot complain, since he is four for four. Matthew Vaughn has proved that others can make a great, fun X-Men movie. Now if Fox could only make a decent Fantastic Four movie, they’d really have something.