X-Men: Apocalypse

The newest in the X-Men saga (or perhaps only the third? I’m still confused after Days of Future Past) takes us to the early days of some of our favourite mutants.

With the re-opening of Professor Charles Zavier’s (James McAvoy) school, comes the students. Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) and Scott Summers (Tye Sheridan) just want to learn how to control their powers. Unfortunately for them, there’s another new threat to the world and they get dragged into the fight.There are more mutants in this movie than you can poke a stick at. Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Evan Peters, and Michael Fassbender return to their roles of Mystique, Beast, Quicksilver, and Magneto. We also get a couple new additions, with Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler, Alexandra Shipp as Storm just to mention a couple.

With so many characters playing pivotal roles, you’d think things would get a little crowded. But even with so many characters and the cutting between the good guys and bad ones, you don’t get too overwhelmed.

With so much story to tell, it’s quite impressive how much information is squeezed into this movie, without it feeling like you’ve been given too many unnecessary facts.

As you’d expect from a film titled Apocalypse, most of it is quite serious. But there are still a few giggles to be had. Whether it be from the quick wit provided by quick-talking Quicksilver, or the few hidden inside jokes that you have to pay a little more attention to.

If you’re familiar with the original three X-Men films (2000-2006), the sides that some of the mutants take in this battle may surprise you. But it all boils down to the same final point. That hate breeds hate. People fear what they do not understand. Whether it be humans fearing mutants, mutants fearing humans, or mutants fearing each other. And as Raven so simply puts it, “just because there’s not a war, that doesn’t mean there’s peace.”

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