There's going to be more criticism than praise here, just so you know. As a big fan of X-Men and having decently recently read through a few hundred Uncanny X-Men, as well as the X-Force, New Mutants, etc. comics of the time, I may seem a little biased to characters looking like themselves. however, aside from the 90's arcade game, my introduction to the X-Men, aside from a couple episodes of the cartoon, was the first two X-Men movies in the [X-Men Series](tag:2327802) (and some of the following games) and I loved them and still enjoy them, though being older than 10, some of their weaker attributes are more glaring.
The point is, that I've experienced and enjoyed X-Men in four different mediums, all with their own takes on the property, so I can deal with change. However, I will point out change, and there is a difference between changing to be different or mainstream, and changing because you think it fits the story better. Also, I'm not very emotionally affected by this. Don't call me out on fanboy range for calling something dumb. it's because i think it's dumb, not because I hate that they changed someone.
So, let's start with the positives. The first is that, not only is the Storm design pretty good, amusingly enough they adopted a look similar to one she'd recently moved away from prior to the events of Age of Apocalypse. Her actress is pretty and generally looks fine in the role, but I can't see her being half as threatening as Ororo can be when she goes all master of the elements on fools. Also, she was full-on leather jacket, knee-high boots, etc with that hair, if you're gonna go for a specific Storm, why not go all out? Minor complaint, but this outfit doesn't seem to look better, and probably cost more. Overall I'm cool with it. Olivia Munn, as usual, looks great, and Psylocke being one of my favorite X-Men, physically and as a character doesn't hurt. That being said, again, something about her doesn't seem like she fits the role. She seems far too somber for Betsy Braddock, and she's even trying to look "fierce", it's just not working. I feel like they got people who physically fit well, but unless they're the two best character actors ever, I'm iffy about their potential portrayals. Though one can rightfully argue that it's not fair to judge just yet.
Let's get to [X-Men: Apocalypse](tag:1194267). Because, just, wow, this is hilarious. He looks almost as ridiculous and goofy as when Phoenix "kills" Xavier in The Last Stand (it's a hilarious scene, go watch it). First of all, dude's kinda small for a 10-foot tall walking killing machine. Apocalypse always looked kind of ludicrous (though not enough to ignore the badassery he exudes), but this is a whole new level. The outfit's not bad, it's a little lacking in bulk to be Apocalypse and why is it purple? Overall though, it looks cool (though the neck thing is literally reversed and unnecessarily juts out a couple feet). The problem is his head/face. That purple facepaint just looks ridiculous. It looks like he dipped his face in lilac paint as a dare then his girlfriend tried to make it work by hurling sparkles at his face. The red eyes just look stupid and are simply akin to being extremely bloodshot. Is that really the best you can do with 2015's glowey eyes technology? As far as Oscar Isaacs goes, I don't think I've seen a movie he's in, and judging from his IMDB page, he hasn't been in anything remotely resembling a planetary annihilator role. Wait. He's 5'8"? WHAT!? I'm almost as tall as Apocalypse... Nevermind, this is awesome!
Mystique. They acknowledge her real name is Raven. Do you know why? She has black hair in her human guise. It's kind of a clever thing, and it's a simple way to portray her personality as a whole. So let's hire a blonde to play her. I know she was blonde in other movies, but it's dumb there too. It's a minor complaint, but it's so baffling. Also, Moira MacTaggert looks a lot like her comic counterpart. Good job, no complaints. That's not Xavier. Alex Summers looks like a dweeb. If the guys was more ripped, it probably wouldn't look bad though, so it's not terrible. Hank was already part-beast when he joined the X-Men, but ok, personality-wise, if he has to look human, could be a lot worse. Don't see him snapping steel pipes and lifting literal tons with that physique however.
Not a fan of the younger Magneto and Xavier (somehow looking the same age as their students but whatever), but I can't say this guy doesn't fit the man between wide-eyed Erik and ruthless Magneto poorly, but Magneto ever having brown hair is weird, and he looks more like a model than a revolutionary (though the hot guys being "rebels" is a horribly overdone trope). Again, QuickSILVER. SILVER hair. Also, pretty boy, suave, not a better taken care of Michael Cera. Also, his name is peter in this movie. It's Pietro. Really? Did you really think us so shallow that a foreign name would ruin a character for us?
Feel free to agree or disagree (likely the latter) with me below. I'm not a raging fanboy, merely an analyst bringing a decent amount of knowledge of this era of X-Men and comparing and contrasting. Anyway I hope you enjoyed it and such.