So I went to see the late X-Men yesterday, and although I was aware of the mixed reviews I was still super excited to see the film because the X-Men have always been my favorite Marvel team and I’ve been watching the films for 15 years now. I was always a fan of the Apocalypse story line, but after the huge success of Days of Future Past, Bryan Singer had a lot of weight on his shoulders to really deliver another satisfying film. While the film definitely had its flaws, I think Singer did a pretty good job overall, and the film was saved by some truly fantastic special effects and the performances of the new X-Men additions (Nightcrawler, Jean Grey, Cyclops), however just like the previous film, Evan Peter’s Quicksilver stole the show delivering the best sequence of the entire movie. Apocalypse unfortunately was slightly underwhelming as a villain compared to the formidable foe he is in the comics. My main issues in the film were the completely wasted characters, most notably Psylocke, Jubilee, and Angel. Jubilee never seems to be given any real substance whenever she is shown in the X-Men films so I don’t understand why they even bring her in at all. Olivia Munn’s Psylocke was super lame and added absolutely nothing to the table, she’s an awesome character but the film (just like her pathetic role in Last Stand) did not do her any justice. The other problem I had was with the whole Alkali Lake sequence which was totally unnecessary to the film’s overall plot, but was merely added in to tie in with the post-credits scene to set up the future films involving Wolverine’s clone, X-23. For most, the post-credit scene was super ambiguous, the only thing that tipped me off was the name “Essex” on the briefcase of the man stealing DNA samples from Alkali Lake, leading me to make the connection to Nathaniel Essex AKA Mister Sinister, badass X-Men super-villain.
All in all I found the film perfectly enjoyable, but mainly because I was so excited to see the characters I love so much. I don’t think the film deserves a 47% on Rotten Tomatoes, the 60 seconds of Jean Grey’s Phoenix fire did more justice to the character than the entirety of Last Stand. Seriously fuck Last Stand (even Jean Grey was like fuck Last Stand with her little dig at the third movie always being the worst). With some solid performances, awesome CGI, a fantastic score, and the final sequence of the new young X-Men, I’d give the film a 7/10. I think the future for the X-Men franchise is as strong as ever, and now they have the opportunity to truly do justice and explore different storylines with a younger cast. Can’t wait for the New Mutants film, I wanna see some Magik!