I have said this before and will reiterate it time and time again. It is a great time to be a NERD! X-Men: Apocalypse isn’t the cinematic match to Days of Futures Past. It is a monster of its own creation. A film that flows much like its 90’s cartoon counterpart. This is all in the while furthering character development of a half dozen X-Men and introducing a half dozen more.
X-Men films are ground in real emotions and fantastical events. There are parallels to historical events in each film from racial tensions of the 60’s to the horrors of the World Wars. Apocalypse like many men with power, thinks he is a god and acts accordingly. Oscar Isaac is a powerful actor who can play the hero or the heel quite easily. I was entertained thoroughly by his performance. A true baddy in an era where baddies (other than the Joker) are second fiddle to the heroes.
James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender bring weight to this film. Their presences provide a grounding affect to the plot. Professor X is the embodiment of hope, Magneto of anger. You can’t help but feel for them both. Such excellent performances.
The film overall is fun, thoughtful, and most of all grounded in the X-Men universe. It never tries to be something it’s not. It doesn’t push upon the viewer too much. Singer has a way with these films that hopefully never gets to dull. I give X-Men: Apocalypse a 4 out of 5.