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Opinion of the Week (May. 30 ‒ Jun. 4, 2016)
Review: X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) <8>
This is a pretty good movie. And let me start off by mentioning a good positive comment, which is that this is the last X-Men movie I've been waiting for. It's not the X-Men movie I've wanted the most, but it's the movie I've waited for ever since X-Men: First Class was announced. I've waited for a movie about the origins of Cyclops, Storm, and Jean Grey, which could have been told in First Class or Days of Future Past, but this movie is it. I guess it took a while to get here, because after the first three movies, they wanted to make a Wolverine origin story, then a Professor X and Magneto origin story, then a non-origin crazy story that mixes the older and newer X-Men time periods (which is way better than that sounds), and then an origin story about Cyclops, Storm, and Jean Grey. But it's been a great story to watch unfold. The first three movies together had a moderate quality, and the two Wolverine movies that currently exist are weak, even though Wolverine is a strong character, and all of these have created quite a messy saga, but I really want to say that the newer X-Men trilogy, as I now see it, made up of First Class, Days of Future Past, and Apocalypse, is a great trilogy, one of my favorite movie trilogies. It's a trilogy with a consistent directing style, and they all have a consistent quality. So the X-Men saga now has all I ever wanted in it, and even though I loved that Days of Future Past opened up infinite possibilities for the saga, it would be okay with me if it stopped here (though there's some indication out there that it's not finished, which is okay). This movie should probably never be looked at as good as Days of Future Past, because that one was so much more clever, and looking back, maybe this movie sometimes gets a little predictable, but this movie looks just about as fun as X-Men movies get. There's a bit of Egyptology, for people who have an interest in that. There's the antagonist Apocalypse (played by Star Wars VII star Oscar Isaac), who appears as one of the most hard-to-beat villains. There's Magneto's temporary detour into a surprisingly emotional side-story. There's a reappearance of a comic-relief character who was introduced in Days of Future Past, who does pretty much the same thing as before in a way that makes me love him, perhaps making him my favorite X-Man. And all the characters work together in ways that make me appreciate this story more than Batman v Superman and Captain America v Iron Man ever could.
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