(Warning: this post will contain spoilers)
With exams finally over I was able to justify going to see the latest X-Men film. I must say that it was a true spectacle visually, lots of spell-bounding visual effects unlike any seen before in the previous X-Men films. There were lots of new characters introduced (which I will get on to shortly) and several future films set-up. I enjoyed the film but I did have a couple of issues which I will discuss.
The Plot – I thought the plot was interesting with several sub-plots providing an insight into some of the newer and long-standing characters. The main plot for world domination created by Apocalypse involved the complete destruction of the world upon which a new and ‘better’ world would be constructed. The build-up to the climax involved a look at several different parties including: Mystique, Charles Xavier and his motley crew and the menacing Apocalypse and his 4 horsemen. When the groups are finally all united a spectacular battle occurs which is visually fantastic. The plot did feel a little rushed but overall it was a sound and gripping story-line.
The Characters – There were many new and recast characters in this latest X-Men instalment which was both a great and questionable decision. It was great to see the likes of Psylocke and Jubilee making their debut but I felt that their screen time and line count (particularly Jubilee who I thought would have a bigger role) was lacking a little. Similar to Avengers: Age of Ultron, I felt too many characters were introduced which resulted in some getting less attention than others which was a real shame. The recasting of Storm, Cyclops, Nightcrawler and Jean Grey were very well chosen even though I found Jean a little insufferable at times. The inclusion of Wolverine was great and not overdone. I find Wolverine has had plenty of screen time as the main X-Man and passing this on to others is great. The usual X-Men were all brilliant as ever and overall the characters were great.
Favourite Parts – My favourite bits of the film had to be the huge battle at the end of the film and the introduction of the Danger Room into this new X-Men Timeline. The battle was visually awesome and made for a fantastic climax. The Danger Room did have me smiling with glee but the best part were the costumes. The costumes! They looked like they had been taken from the page, spiced up a bit and then worn in full glory. I honestly squealed in delight which warranted a strange look from my friend (who puts up with a lot of rather odd behaviour in all fairness). See said costumes in their full glory below (Cyclops and Nightcrawler in particular look legendary).
Sequel set-up – Two main storylines were hinted at in X-Men Apocalypse. The first was the possibility of the Phoenix Saga/Dark Phoenix. When Jean unleashes here full power on Apocalypse (A particular scene of true special effects wonder) you can clearly see the classic Phoenix shape that has been seen many times. This could be a great storyline, especially if they stick with a particular Cyclops-Professor X aspect (It would break my heart but I would accept it for the sake of a strong twist in the plot). Another was the introduction of a future villain: Mr Sinister. Mr Sinister has been a notoriously tricky X-Men villain over the years and has a similar attitude to that of Apocalypse and Magneto on Mutant Domination. So long as Bryan Singer remains at the helm of this X-Men franchise there are some big events to come which I can only assume will be produced with as much love as the previous 3 films.
In conclusion, I can certifiably say that the latest X-Men film is my favourite yet with a great deal of action, references and characters to keep me well entertained for a few hours. If you have any questions about the film I would be happy to oblige any answers I can give so please leave them in the comments.