X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Review

The X-Men team are back and this time there’s a new baddie in town. This baddie in question is Apocalypse who also happens to be the world’s very first mutant who first arose thousands of years ago.

An explosive opening in ancient Egypt sets the tone for the entire film, leaving me on the edge of my seat and curious to see what would happen next. Flash forward to the present day, our characters find themselves in the year 1983, 10 years after the previous film X-Men: Days of Future Past. Mutants are known to the public but our heroes are all living surprisingly normal lives (at least as normal as they can get for a mutant). Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters is in full effect and very much channelling the eighties which I enjoyed. To be fairly honest, the ’80s had never really been an era of interest to me but after seeing it full swing in X-Men: Apocalypse it made me want to pull out the bright colours and VHS’. A television ad for Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters has been released in honour of the film and is brilliant to watch for any adult twenty and up or someone who has an understanding of the era.

In spite of maintaining a large ensemble cast, most of the mutants and characters tended to be pushed to the side and merely there for dramatic effect and to show off their powers because they looked cool. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing other sides to Magento (Michael Fassbender) at various moments in the film but did find it a tad difficult to accept his ability to sway sides. James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence continued to hold the reins and reprise the roles of Charles Xavier and Mystique with grace and ease. Sophie Turner as Jean Grey may not have initially been well received (based off footage from the trailers) but is now a welcome addition to the cast.

X-Men: Apocalypse is more entertaining than some reviews and online opinions give it credit for. Will everyone like X-Men: Apocalypse? No. Does someone who enjoys rom-coms necessarily have a liking for Superhero films? No. I do believe it really does depend on your view and liking. If you’re a fan of the X-Men series, certainly go and check out X-Men: Apocalypse; if you usually stay away from action flicks than you’re probably better to spend your money elsewhere.

4/5