Apocalypse, the world's first mutant, is unleashed and plans
a global extinction to begin the world anew in his image.
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
Directed by Bryan Singer
Written by Simon Kinberg
Starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac, Rose Byrne, Evan Peters, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Lucas Till, Josh Helman, Kodi Smit-McPhee,
Alexandra Shipp, Olivia Munn, Ben Hardy
Sequel to 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past
Based on characters from Marvel Comics
I knew this film was going to be exciting from the moment is was announced back in 2014. I certainly didn't expect the wave of negative responses that have caused X-Men: Apocalypse to suffer a lack of critical success. Coming from a lifelong X-Men fan, this was a fantastic film and a worthy successor to both First Class and Days of Future Past. While it might not be as perfect as those two, Apocalypse delivers what it promised and gave us the first appearance of one of Marvel Comics's most powerful and formidable antagonists: En Sabah Nur, the ancient Egyptian mutant known better as Apocalypse.
As always, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender steal the show and show off their terrific chemistry as Professor X and Magneto respectively. Character actor Oscar Isaac dons the blue makeup and complex headgear of Apocalypse, and while the trailers made him look kinda goofy, his performance reminded fans everywhere that this was definitely the big man himself. His turn as Apocalypse brought a new level of villainy to this franchise, as he existed purely to destroy all in his path. With past villains being the sadistic Sebastian Shaw, the manipulative Bolivar Trask, and the psychotic William Stryker, it was cool to finally get to see one of the X-Men's biggest enemies.
I'm very glad that Bryan Singer decided to incorporate the younger versions of Jean Grey, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, and Storm into the film. All of them were portrayed perfectly, particularly Jean Grey. Sophie Turner did a phenomenal job of showing her insane power level as well as her vulnerability. It will be exciting to one day see her take on the role of the Phoenix. Also, given that the post-credits scene points directly to Mr. Sinister, I think it's safe to say that there are going to be a lot of fan-pleasing moments on the horizon for this franchise. X-Men: Apocalypse is not the horrible disaster that critics are making it out to be. It's a fantastically entertaining entry in the franchise, complete with a spine-tingling score by John Ottman and great character arcs for all. I think it's phenomenal and hope that fans give it a chance to see it through their own eyes.