[Review contains minor spoilers for X-Men: Apocalypse]
X-Men: Apocalypse is the latest film in the X-Men franchise, and the third film in the young X-Men trilogy. It follows the team as they have to fight and save the world from the powerful Apocalypse, who starts the film as the Egyptian ruler En Sabah Nur. As the film’s story continues, so does that of Apocalypse. As well as him trying to destroy the Earth, you also get to know a lot about the character’s backstory.
The film overall has more of a comic-book feel than the other X-Men films. There are some nice throwbacks to the 90’s X-Men: The Animated Series, as well as the costumes having a more comic book look to them. Psylocke has a purple leotard, Storm has her white hair, and Apocalypse is blue. There are also hints at romances that feature strongly in the comics and films. You even get to see Charles Xavier as you’re more used to seeing him, without hair.
The film introduces us to a new team of X-Men that include Cyclops, Jean Grey and Nightcrawler. Throughout the film you see these characters develop and learn to control and harness their powers. Sophie Turner is very powerful as Jean Grey, Tye Sheridon plays the angst ridden Cyclops well, and Kodi Smit-McPhee is perfect as a comical Nightcrawler. Quicksilver also joins the X-Men on their mission, and is the character who once again steals the show. Thankfully, Quicksilver also has a much bigger part to play in this film than his debut in X-Men: Days of Future Past. One big disappointment is the fact that whilst Jubilee is present in the film, she only plays a very small part.
Other young characters introduced in the film are the horsemen Archangel and Storm. The introduction of Angel to Apocalypse fits in with the slightly comical tone of the film, having Metallica’s Four Horsemen playing in the background. Storm is seen as a cheeky young thief, and the first mutant Apocalypse encounters upon awakening.
Whilst we finally see the introduction of Psylocke onto the big screen, she actually does very little in the film. Like the other horsemen, Storm and Archangel, she is nothing more than a mere puppet to Apocalypse. Whilst non-comic fans will potentially be disappointed by their bit-part characters, in the comics that is exactly their role, brainwashed minions of Apocalypse. The main horseman of the film is Michael Fassbender’s Magneto, which is of little surprise given the fact he has always had a major role in the X-Men films.
For those that had seen the trailers, you’ll know that Wolverine was hinted to be making an appearance. Whilst he does appear in the film, it is more of an extended cameo than a main role, with Jackman appearing in only one scene. The scene he does appear in however, is exactly what Wolverine should have been like in the X-Men Origins: Wolverine film. We get to see a much darker Wolverine than we’ve ever seen before.
Whilst the trailers made it seem that Jennifer Lawrence would be leading the show, she doesn’t. Mystique does lead the new X-Men on their mission, but the film centers around a lot of different characters. Lawrence still doesn’t quite portray the mysteriousness needed for Mystique’s character, but she feels a lot more like the Mystique fans are used to from the original trilogy.
The film is worth seeing in 3D, as it really helps to enhance the action scenes. Sword-twirling Psylocke cuts through cars that are flying through the air, Archangel shoots off his metal ‘feathers’ and Magneto’s manipulation of magnetic fields make for an impressive spectacle. Storm doesn’t do much in terms of action, but Alexandre Ship introduces her young self well.
As always there is a post credits scene, and it is definitely worth sticking around for. Whilst your average cinema goer might not understand the references, any Marvel fan will. From the after credits scene, it is clear that Fox still has many ideas as to which story lines they will choose next.
For the every-day film goer, X-Men: Apocalypse isn’t quite as action packed or polished as films like Captain America: Civil War or Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, but it is still a thoroughly enjoyable film. However, for those that are fans of Apocalypse storylines from the comics and TV shows, or of Fox’s X-Franchise in general, it will not disappoint and is well worth a watch.