During a scene in X-Men Apocalypse, Scott Summer, Jean Grey, Nightcrawler and Jubilee emerge out of a theater having watched Return of the Jedi and Scott remarks, “At least we can all agree the third one is always the worst”. While a forewarning as such, it’s certainly not a bad film. Yes, it’s the weaker film between First Class and Days of Future Past but it’s a good film nevertheless.
The basic premise of the film deals around a mutant god who wakes up after centuries to find a world ruled by the weak and he intends to create a new world for all those superior and more powerful than the average human being. To do so, he has 4 horsemen (War, Famine, Pestilence and Death) who do his bidding. This leads to an all-out war between the X-Men and Apocalypse with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.
As always, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender deliver the perfect Professor X and Magneto and hold together a large chunk of the film. Most of the supporting cast is fairly good with the new X-Men being surprisingly good and fun. Evan Peters as Quicksilver has an incredible scene and actually gets to be a part of the overall plot. I really enjoyed Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smith-Mcphee, Alexandra Shipp and Sophie Turner and look forward to their version of Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Storm and Jean Grey in the future.
My biggest problem with Captain America Civil War was that at no point did the stakes seem too high for me. Yes, not every movie has to be about the world coming to an end but the Civil War comic series was very strong in terms of the high stakes, the sacrifices and the overall implication that would resonate during the series and after it, which sadly the film could not portray. Apocalypse, however, does use the idea of sacrifice and endearment and is not afraid to show the dark side of war. In a war, there are sacrifices and there is destruction and Apocalypse has both of them.
X-Men has been one of the longest running franchises in Comic Book films and with X-Men Apocalypse, a total of 9 films have been made. This particular film is more of the last film in the trilogy started by X-Men First Class and it reflects that throughout the theme of the film. While the first film was about discovery and acceptance, the second about fallout and implications the third film is about togetherness and forgiveness. It finishes the original trilogy quite well and opens the door to a new version of the X-Men.
My biggest problem with the film was Mystique being a good guy. She’s a badass villain and has so much potential which is so wasted in order to keep JLaw in the focus as being a hero. I hope Singer changes her arc in the future as I see her potential to be quite the villain to the X-Men. Oscar Isaac’s  portrayal of Apocalypse is decent but he never quite achieves the gravitas of Apocalypse from the comics. Apocalypse is a scary dude but this version is mellow and at times repetitive in terms of dialogue and personality. There was a point where I genuinely felt more connected to the rest of the cast than the villain, something that should not happen with a character called Apocalypse.
This is a fan service film, by and large. It sets up a whole lot of new stories that can be played out in the future. Wolverine’s cameo is a setup for his third film, the Phoenix is shown to rise thus confirming the Dark Phoenix saga, Magneto and Quicksilver’s story is a setup of the Brotherhood of Mutants and the new X-Men story lines are put into place. The ending where Charles and Jean fight Apocalypse in the astral phase was very X-Men evolution-ish and I genuinely enjoyed the Phoenix reveal at the end. Psylocke and Angel had not a lot of lines but I would like to see Olivia Munn return as a hero in the future.
All in all, I enjoyed the film contrary to what film reviewers would like you to believe. It has its problems, grave ones at that, but it works out nicely and is a good installment to the X-Men franchise. I rank it fifth in the series after DoFP, Deadpool, X2 and First Class.

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