X-Men: Apocalypse is the third in this second trilogy of x-films with previous installments First Class and Days of Future Past. This third film is good but the weakest of the three. Still, if you saw the first two and liked them, you’ll be fine with this. I’m slightly biased in that I’ve never liked Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) as a villain. I’ve always sort of glossed over his story arcs in the comics and even after seeing the film I’m still not sure what his powers are.
The movie is a little too long, concerned with tying up loose ends from previous installments. But the emotional arc for main characters Xavier (James McAvoy,) Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and particularly Magneto (Michael Fassbender) ring true and pay off in the end. The way things are left we can make the jump to X-Men (2000) without any issues. Not to say there can’t be any stories inbetween.
There is a stinger at the very, very end of the credits. Nothing in between so you could go to the bathroom or something (hey, it was 2.5 hours) if you needed.
There is a wonderful Quicksilver (Evan Peters) reprise with the Eurythmic’s Sweet Dreams taking place of Time in a Bottle. When watching Quicksilver you think “how could anyone beat him?” This pays off as he gets his go at Apocalypse in the movie’s climax. Someone has to beat him, right? Interestingly, Evan’s take on Quicksilver is nothing like the comics where he is an arrogant prick.
While all superhero films in general are a bit fan servicy there are two things which didn’t need to happen. We’ve all seen the first: Psylocke’s (Olivia Munn) costume. Psylocke’s costume in the movie is very close to her comic costume, except they added exposed cleavage. (It’s not a thong in back though.) As a single male, I have no problem with sexy costumes but the X-Men films in particular have made a point to have more practical costumes. Having said that, Mystique has always been sorta naked and White Queen was the sexy lingerie version and I’ve posted a picture with this paragraph.
The second was a completely unnecessary trip to Stryker’s (Josh Helman) secret base from X2. Except the fan servicy bit here was a freakin’ Barry Windsor-Smith Weapon X segment! This was easily my favorite moment in the film. I don’t know how cool the scene is to anyone else, I mean it’s Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) doing what he does best so it has to be kinda cool but if you’ve read Weapon X it was amazing. I literally had tears and found it completely unexpected.