Director: Bryan Singer
Yet another off the Marvel conveyor belt hot on the heels of Captain America and featuring a cast list of numerous household names to match Civil War comes the third in the origin series of X-Men this time subtitled Apocalypse. So you can see where this is going, right?
It’s a pretty straightforward tale which introduces new mutants or should I say re-introduces them but as their younger selves. Most notably Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Storm and they aren’t all fighting on the same side. The mutants are divided by the return of someone believed to be the very first mutant, Sabah Nur / Apocalypse. This false god sets about reclaiming the earth for his own by wiping out mankind led by his own horsemen of the apocalypse.
Xavier and Magneto tussle with mind games again after the latter has suffered a very personal loss despite keeping a low profile for so long. Fassbender makes a good Magneto but just like Ewan McGregor with Obi Wan, I just can’t accept McAvoy as Xavier. Don’t get me wrong I like the guy as an actor but if just doesn’t feel right. Jennifer Lawrence reprises her role as Raven/Mystique but I get the impression she, maybe, feels this sort of thing is below her now having enjoyed critical acclaim for her more serious roles, which means we aren’t really getting the best of her here.
Game Of Thrones’ Sophie Turner makes a welcome appearance as Jean Grey, this is a great piece of casting. It’s taken a while for me to warm to the Sansa Stark character, found her a bit whiny but she has grown immeasurably in the role and it shows in her portrayal of Grey. Vulnerable yet powerful and leaving you in no doubt of her importance in all things mutant.
Apocalypse himself is commanding and daunting and well brought to life by Oscar Issac showing the depth of talent we already knew he possessed.
On the whole the film runs along nicely, it’s not amazing but it does keep the action sequences bright and lively and it’s supported by a good script put to work nicely by the cast. My feelings about unoriginal ideas and milking these comic book blockbusters to death still stands tall but this isn’t a bad addition to an already bulging catalogue but Civil War was better, just.
Verdict: 3/5 Stars