Probably the biggest draw to watch X-Men: Apocalypse was Olivia Munn. After all, I feel in love with Munn’s fast talking, smart and sexy economist-TV anchor combo in The Newsroom. There was the extra attraction of seeing Sophie Turner in a role besides the one she’s held in Game of Thrones since 2011.
Yet, the latest installment of the X-Men movies wasn’t as fulfilling as I was hoping.
The story of an ‘ancient’ mutant coming back to life to the period in which this installment was exciting just for the fact that we got to see how Storm (Alexandra Shipp) and Scott Summers/Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) ended up joining the X-Men prior to the 2000 movie. We also got to see some of the character development of Scott becoming the rule follower we all knew, the love interest between Scott and Jean bud, a glimpse of how Wolverine escaped, and how Professor X lost his hair.
There where the usual explosions thrown in there, some Magneto conflict, and of course a huge fight towards the end. In other words: the usual recipe for an action movie with a few other minor themes thrown in to help round out the movie.
Movies like this, I believe, rely on the series name as well as well-known actors to bring in an audience. Also, The Avengers movie, it’s prequels and sequels have made it hard for superhero movies to be a hit now. That’s probably another reason why I didn’t enjoy the movie.
Here’s the biggest problem though: it is harder to keep a film series going after a certain point. In the case of the X-Men series, the 2006 movie was an initial ending of the original trilogy. Yet, when X-Men: First Class was released, opened up new possibly leading up to 2006. And X-Men: Days of Future Past also enables the studio that owns the rights to the films to continue the series past 2006 with the original X-Men movie cast.
I will admit, this was my favorite scene:
What I liked about this scene is that it ties in the simulation room we saw in the X-Men: The Last Stand and the training session we saw in First Class.
X-Men: Apocalypse‘s story line was probably chosen just as the next logical story in the X-Men universe. We’ll have to wait to see what the next X-Men movie has in store for us.