Stars: Jame McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Issac, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Jackman, Evan Peters, Rose Byrne, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Tye Sheridan, Alexander Shipp, Lucas Till, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Hardy.
Directors: Bryan Singer
Screenplay: Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris, Simon Kinberg, Bryan Singer
At first glance I preferred this film to Days of Future Past, It opened with Oscar Issac lying inside an Egyptian pyramid awaiting the soul of the first mutant. It was bizarre and exciting to see the ancient civilisation being used again as a portal into a fun mythology story. Then they covered Issac up in full prothetic make-up and if it were not for my excitement to notice him lying there I probably would not have realised it was him playing Apocalypse until the end credits.
This initial excitement then let down is kind of how this film goes. Not because this film is not fun, but because the set up was more exciting than the follow through.
X Men: Apocalypse is set 10 years after Days of Future Past, but the only character that seems to have had any character development in accordance to the time jump is Eric Lensherr, played beautifully by Michael Fassbender. He is absolutely incredible in this film, if this was a Magneto film I would have thanked the producers above because his scenes are so exciting. His character growth is spectacular, living a normal quite life with his wife and daughter wanting to be left alone and not be noticed for the Magneto that he is. If his storyline was the main piece of Apocalypse then this would have been one of the better X Men films.
The rest of the characters however have had very little development, they have not aged in the last decade, Quicksilver (Evan Peters) is still living in his mum’s basement, Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) has settled into his professing ways but this could have been just a year or two out from the last film. The same goes for Mystique’s (Jennifer Lawrence) character development, though the film slightly goes into her handling her hero like fame, again this feels like something new she has to deal with rather than it being 10 years. The only things to scream year change is the costuming.
But in saying all of this it was a fun film and aligned quite nicely to the feel of the first two X Men instalments. The introduction of the younger Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) and Scott Summers (Tye Sheridan), it was fun to see that relationship in its infancy. And once again Quicksilver’s sequence with the Eurythmics’ ‘Sweet Dreams’ is a genuine 2016 cinema highlight.