Marvel and avid movie buffs have been waiting for Brian Singer to make another great X-Men movie to add to his almost flawless résumé, especially since his one, Days of Future Past was such a critical and commercial success. It really amped people up for the follow up.
Hugh Jackman returns briefly as his iconic role as Wolverine. The rest of the cast includes James McAvoy as young professor X, and Michael Fassbender as young Magneto; also including Evan Peters, Nickolas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac and Rose Burn.
The plot revolves around the emergence of the world’s first mutant, Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), and the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan.
Brian Singer doesn’t particularly bring anything new to the table, and despite it being not quite as good as its predecessor, it still holds its head high by Marvel’s trademark light tone, bringing back loved characters like Magneto and Professor X, and getting one on one time with each of their motivations through the movie.
James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Evan Peters are stand out performances. Evans, who is a relative newcomer in large-scale feature films, gives a fantastic performance that showed huge potential, showing both his comedic and serious sides all in one. Fassbender always gives it his absolute all and this film is no exception. The rest of the cast brought solid performances as well.
The special effects were, most of the time, great, but at some points were very sub-par and it was very noticeable. Most other technical aspects of the movie were just above average.
X-Men films have never been shy from depicting plenty of underlying themes, and this one is no exception. It once again portrays Professor X and Magneto as two completely different leaders with the Professor being modelled on Martin Luther King Junior and Magneto as Malcolm X, who were two civil rights activists. The X-Men movies themselves have always been a statement on how we deal with different cultures. In this film, it drives home the point that these ‘Mutants’ might be the next evolutionary stage in human evolution.
X-Men: Apocalypse is, at the very least, entertaining, and I give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Reviewed by Alex Human