(WARNING: Spoilers for X-Men: Apocalypse ahead)
There's always a gem in a generally considered "bad" movie. Despite their overall qualities, a bad movie can be remembered by something done remarkably well. A movie can have a bad premise with great performances, while another may have an epic action sequence plagued with cringeworthy performances. Finding the gem in a bad movie is worth another viewing.
Among the handful of comic book movies that came out this year, there was an #XMen movie. Riding high off the success of #DaysofFuturePast and the recent #Deadpool, #XMenApocalypse had a lot to live up to. Unfortunately it was a letdown. It was a Mystique-centric movie with a couple of X-Men elements. Despite its mess, Apocalypse still fares better than a couple of previous X-Men films, like #TheLastStand and #XMenOriginsWolverine.
Apocalypse is an OK movie at best, and tolerable at worst. What lies on the good side of things are two scenes: One involving Quicksilver saving everyone in Xavier's mansion...
...and a second featuring Magneto's storyline. Between the two, Magneto's story remains the true gem in this generally divisive movie.
Death Of Magneto's Family
Magneto is forced to leave town after demonstrating his powers to save the life of a coworker. Afraid of his cover being blown, he convinces his wife Magda to go with him. Meanwhile, something goes wrong, as his daughter Nina is missing. Finding Nina held against her will by town folk, Magneto is forced to surrender into custody. With no convincing, Magneto gives himself up in return for Nina's safety. Fearfully seeing her father being taken away, Nina unleashes her power.
As Nina expels her emotions, one of the men accidentally shoots Nina and her mother Magda with an arrow, killing them. The tragedy leaves Magneto with nothing left to lose, and therefore, killing everyone in sight with his daughter's locket. The sudden change in Magneto's life could have been the vehicle that drives the premise of the entire film if it wasn't for Apocalypse. Sure, the tragic turn of events shifted Magneto into Apocalypse's plans, but the powerful scene could have made an entirely different X-Men movie.
The Story It Tells
After the events of Days of Future Past, Magneto was given a chance to walk away from what branded him as terrorist and villain. In the 10 years between Days of Future Past and Apocalypse, Magneto went into hiding. He found happiness with a beautiful wife and child, and had taken solace in a small town in Poland. Everything Magneto wanted in life was his: a family, a quiet life without anyone bothering him, and not aging one bit. However, sadness and despair follow Magneto wherever he goes, no matter the situation.
Apocalypse shares the story of Magneto's life. It shows another world where mutants can have a normal life. Magneto got 10 years of peace, but sadly it didn't last. It's an arc of the X-Men world that would've been interesting to explore. In fact, there's enough story there for a movie of its own. Fox should look into Magneto's life after Days of Future Past. A story about Magneto before Apocalypse could be interesting to see. It'd make for a dramatic turn for an X-Men movie over spectacle.
Why Is It Good?
Out of all the X-Men films, Apocalypse is the first X-Men film that actually showed Magneto's happiness. The story of his life in secret was profoundly the best part of the film. Magneto can be called a villain, but in a way, he is a product of circumstance. His ideals are based on his tragedies, and it's hard to blame him for that. Seeing death, despair, and being victimized by race and kind is what defines Magneto's actions. Magneto only succumbs to goodness when it is beneficial for his own plans.
This arc alone redefines the Magneto we know from all the previous X-Men movies. In X-Men Apocalypse, Magneto is shown to be truly good, living a quiet life with a family and wanting nothing to do with the film's main story. It's entertaining to see a character that most call an antihero at best and supervillain at worst being normal. Apocalypse is the first film to show the hero side in Magneto.
Michael Fassbender's performance alone carried the drama throughout Apocalypse. From destroying concentrations camps with heartbreak to unselfishly choosing the side of the X-Men to save the world, Magneto was the good in X-Men: Apocalypse.
"IS THIS WHAT YOU WANT FROM ME?! Is this what I am? Is this what I am?"