After the whole timeline situation from [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](tag:203942), you'd think there was a clear opportunity for that clean slate to bring forward the universe of our favorite mutants, as well as correct some mistakes that were promised to never be repeated. [X-Men: Apocalypse](tag:1194267) was supposed to be that movie, but I guess you have to take two steps forward and one step back, to make sure everything is properly consolidated.
X-Men: Apocalypse brings back the supposed first mutant in history, named Apocalypse, who believes that evolution means to eliminate the lesser powerful species. As he recruits four other mutants, Angel (Ben Hardy), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Storm (Alexandra Shipp) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender), the X-Men, lead by Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), have to fight against this threat and prevent well... The Apocalypse.
As we're introduced to a few new characters, and some younger versions of known ones, like Scott Summers (Tye Sheridan), right as he discovers his powers, as well as a young Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), still struggling with her strong psychic powers and fighting against the Phoenix in her, we're also treated with re-introductions of Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and Angel.
While still very solid versions of what we know and love from them, not all remain in continuity, as the timeline has now been renewed.
Also, hats off to Quicksilver (Evan Peters), once again, for bringing memorable moments as fast as he can.
Story wise, things can get a bit too intense, as emotions run wild. Be it fighting against Apocalypse, dealing with having a new power or trying to remind Erik Lehnsherr that there is still some good in the world, there is a strong feeling of mixing a few too many things in the plot, but that eventually balances out by itself. But it's really a rollercoaster ride, full of emotional ups and downs.
With a special cameo of our favorite Wolverine and the ever so joyful interaction of Jubilee (why she still isn't a full part of the X-Men, we'll never know), there are also a few nice details, my favorite hearing Metallica's The Four Horseman making a glorious appearance early in the film. Well played.
All in all, X-Men: Apocalypse might not be the film you're expecting, as Fox decides to play it safe and gives us the film we'd enjoyed watching in place of X-Men 3: The Last Stand (at least that wrong was righted), but it is indeed a decent story that feels like a slow step further into this new beginning, rather going all-in and possibily ending in disaster.