The X-Men are among my favorite comic book heroes. Throughout the 90s, I read the books religiously and looked forward to the day when they would finally get the big screen treatment enjoyed by other superhero franchises. So far, they’ve all been pretty hit and miss. Some are pretty awesome while others were a bit “MEH”. Then there is “X-Men: The Last Stand”, but we won’t go there.
“X-Men: Apocalypse” is good entertainment, but it could have been so much better. I know better than to expect a movie to follow exactly to the letter the actual material from which it comes, but I would like it to be a lot closer than what it was in this film. If “The Watchmen” can get as close as they did, the creators of the “X-Men” movie franchise can if they wanted to. If I knew nothing of the world of the X-Men, some things could probably be forgiven. The story begins by introducing the origins of the evil En Sabah Nur, aka Apocalypse, who is believed to be the very first mutant, dating back thousands of years. He has awakened and is bent on “cleansing” the world and it is up to our heroes to stop him.
As someone fairly well versed in pre-2005 X-Men stories though, there were many flaws that were way too obvious. For one, the whole chronology of when and where certain characters are and who they are. That I can forgive though as they want to cram every popular character in even if they did not exist in the particular story arc. Popular characters put butts in the seats. Couple other points though that I cannot forgive though is: Psylocke, Storm, and Magneto being members of the Four Horsemen (only Angel was taken and turned into Archangel). Mystique, as good a character she is, was never an X-Man and therefore should not be one in the movie. And why the hell is Wolverine a mere afterthought, looking like he was tossed in for one scene at the very last minute in the editing process in a segment that was pretty much unnecessary to the plot? And please FOX, stop rewriting the story of how the characters meet up for the first time in every single movie. Pick a version, then move on forward like they do at Marvel Studios. Speaking of which, I would love for Marvel to get the rights back to the X-Men so that they can do it justice and the two franchises wouldn’t have to keep tiptoeing around each other. Of course FOX would never let go of their big cash cow though seeing as how they can never come up with a decent “Fantastic Four” film.
7.5 out of 10. They could have left some stuff out and shortened some other sequences, but the acting was sound, special effects and musical scores were very good as well, story on the whole was okay. See it at a matinee where they have reduced pricing or wait to rent it but do see it if you enjoy a good comic book movie.