The biggest problem with [X-Men: Apocalypse](tag:1194267) is that it repeats the sins of its predecessors and features underwritten villains and an overreliance on CGI. For every positive (Quicksilver!), there is a negative (Apocalypse), and the two totally different tones never gel. After the fantastic [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](tag:203942), this film is a massive letdown because it seemed like director Bryan Singer had the X-Men world figured out.
The recent reviews haven't been kind, so I wanted to give the world five positive aspects of X-Men: Apocalypse.
1. The Opening Segment In Ancient Egypt Is Awesome!
The film opens with an amazing set piece that is equal parts suspenseful, fun and violent. Set in Ancient Egypt, Apocalypse (Oscar Issac) is looking to transfer his consciousness into a mutant to further his lifespan. However, a team of incredibly brave Egyptians try to rid themselves of the Godlike tyrant by crushing him underneath his pyramid. Their plan works and it is awesome! The scene is very exciting, although I wanted a movie about the guys who wanted to kill Apocalypse (we don’t get that movie).
2. Quicksilver Steals The Show Again
Quicksilver (Evan Peters) was the breakout star of X-Men: Days of Future Past and he is back stealing the show once again. I won't say anything for fear of spoilers, but he has a set piece that is incredibly fun, creative and exciting. Quicksilver adds a welcome dose of levity to Apocalypse and if you liked him in the last film, you will love him here.
3. Jean Grey, Cyclops And Nightcrawler Are Solid Additions To The X-Men Team
Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Scott Summers/Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) and Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) are all welcome additions to the gang and I loved the casting of the three actors. They form a likable team that I was cheering for in the final battle. I loved the idea of these three classic characters coming into their own in their first massive battle. It is too bad, however, that they had to fight Apocalypse.
If there is a follow-up movie, I think these actors can do some great things with their characters.
4. Charles Xavier Is Allowed To Have A Good Time
Before Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) became a regal leader of young mutants, he was a charming playboy who had a sense of humor. McAvoy has a great time cracking jokes and becoming believably flustered when talking about Moira Mactaggert (Rose Byrne). There is a great moment when his favorite tree is destroyed by a still-learning Cyclops. Everybody in the audience laughed and it was nice to have a break from the overly serious Apocalypse.
5. The Four Horsemen Do A Decent Job With What They've Been Given
Did I mention that Apocalypse is a terrible villain? He has zero motivation and he sucks all the life out of his four followers. However, Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Psylocke (Olivia Munn) and Angel (Ben Hardy) do a great job standing around and glowering. I was shocked that these four actors were wasted, but they do what they can with what they've been given (i.e., not much). At least their action figures will look cool.