Let me start this review with a thank you. Thank you to Brian Singer and the studio for making Days of Futures Past because had they continued with the original trilogy storyline, there would be no more X-Men movies.
We pick up with the X-men in the 1980s. The age of neon, Magnum P.I., and awesome rock music. Like Days, Apocalypse makes sure there is every detail is in line with the 80s, it makes one honestly ache for those times.
The movie brings in the popular mutant teen Jubilee (played by Lana Condor), the teleporting blue German NightCrawler, the winged boy Angel, and the sexy telepathic ninja Psylocke (played by Olivia Munn). We get reintroduced to future X-Men members: Storm, Jean Grey (played by Sophie Turner), and Cyclops. It also brings back the much loved Quicksilver (played by the talented Evan Peters).
While enjoyable the loveable Quicksilver really steals the show which he appears, and every scene with him proves that Evan Peters is the best choice to play the silver-haired speedster.
The story isn’t rushed, characters get their moment to explain the origins and the main plot makes sense. It seems Singer has learned from his past mistakes and is trying to make it up to fans with this set of movies.
The final fight however was rather anticlimactic. The problem with Singer is the whole movie hinges on one character to be able to beat the baddie which honestly, is a bit too much Deux Ex Machina.
Jean Grey in this isn’t a Mary Sue. Sure she’s important and powerful but, we actually sympathize with her. She’s a scared girl, afraid of her powers. Add in teenage hormones to the mix and you get a good rounded character. She isn’t just sitting around batting her eyelashes while everyone says ‘oh she’s the most powerful’; which is what is needed with these movies. You cannot have a 2-dimensional character in these kinds of movies; they don’t work and can kill the whole movie.
I enjoyed Alexandra Shipp’s portrayal of Storm. Again, she wasn’t some 2-dimensional, one line swinging character that Halle Berry had done. She was a rough and tumble teenager with a punk rock style that Shipp picked up from the X-Men comic series.
Of course you need to stay after the credits because yes there’s a scene, those of you that have read the comics are going to enjoy it.
8/10 for this movie you really don’t need the 3D.