How fun to see the X-Men characters back on the big screen. This third film in the reboot franchise takes place in the 1980s, with the mutants scattered across the globe. Professor Xavier (James McAvoy) is now running a school for kids gifted with superpowers, although some of them think of their powers as more of a curse.
Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) is mostly keeping to herself, and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) is living a quiet life as a humble factory worker, with a wife and young daughter. But when a 6000-year-old super-mutant, Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), is awakened from a deep sleep, he’s ready to wreak havoc on the world, aided by a crew of evil mutants (Alexandra Shipp, Ben Hardy, and Olivia Munn).
Will the X-Men reunite to save the world? And will Magneto, after suffering a tragic loss, be lured to the dark side?
You don't always get some good character development and depth of story with a superhero movie, but "X-Men: Apocalypse" delivers. Rather than just jumping from one superhero battle to another, we get a touching storyline that brings the gang back together.
At times, the film seems a bit overcrowded with characters, which tends to happen with these big ensemble films. But director Bryan Singer makes sure that everyone gets some good screen time, even Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) for a few brief moments.
Beautiful special effects, good character development, an engaging storyline and a cadre of A-List actors make "X-Men: Apocalypse” one to watch. Other characters include Hank McCoy/Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Peter Maximoff/Quicksilver (Evan Peters), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Scott Summers/Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Alex Summers/Havok (Lucas Till), Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Angel (Ben Hardy) and Ororo Munroe/Storm (Alexandra Shipp).
You don't have to know the backstory to enjoy "X-Men: Apocalypse," but it's helpful if you watch the first two movies, 2011's “X-Men: First Class” and 2014’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”