The 8th X-Men film has finally arrived! In advance, I do strongly recommend that viewers are up to date with all X-Men’s films before viewing. Anyone seeing this film without viewing any of the previous films will struggle to follow the film’s characters/ story and may not enjoy it as much as you should!
The film introduces us to Apocalypse, who in his lifetime used to be worshipped as a GOD. During a transition involving Apocalypse (in order to become more powerful), Apocalypse is buried for thousands of years… Until someone helps him wake him up in the ’80s.
Apocalypse soon recruits a new team known as the four horsemen (the most powerful mutants), including the well known Magneto (played beautifully by Michael Fassbender, one of my favourites!) Magneto’s choice to join is very simple to due to a personal vendetta.
Most of our X-Men heroes are all young teenagers/students. This is similar to what we’ve seen previously in X-Men First Class/Days Of FuturePast). Of course, Professor X (James McCoy) & Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) return. Professor X & Raven must now lead a team of young X-men to defeat their greatest nemesis, Apocalypse.
One part of this film that is incredibly fun for the audience is the change in timeline thanks to previous X-Men films. Many characters are taking different paths, or even better, certain characters once again return to the X-Men world.
My only biggest complaint will sound ever so minor, but the film’s duration really surprised me. Many scenes provided could have been removed in final editing and serve no real purpose. For example, during many fight scenes, the movie cuts to what the government thinks or a room full of general plotting and taking action. I understand why this is provided, but after the 2-hour mark of viewing these types of diversions from the main plot and action, these become very tiring and you may look at your watch and question the film’s duration.
Overall I absolutely enjoyed the new X-Men, but I’m also guilty in admitting that I am a fan of the previous films. While I will admit this film is not the best in series, one can still enjoy what this film has to offer.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden