X-Men: Apocalypse - And yet another overblown mess of a superhero movie, this the third part in the "reboot" of the Marvel series, from director Bryan Singer. Set in 1983, the story concerns an ancient, extremely powerful mutant named Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) who has been trapped since the time of the Ancient Egyptian empires. When he is released, he is determined to once again subjugate mankind, so he sets out to recruit minions to help in his quest, his Four Horsemen: Angel (Ben Hardy), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), and a newly enraged Magneto (Michael Fassbender). Meanwhile, Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) continues to teach young mutants at his private school, and many of the students must band together to stop Apocalypse, including returning characters Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), and Quicksilver (Evan Peters), as well as new additions Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee). Also featuring Rose Byrne, Lucas Till, Zeljko Ivanek, Lana Condor, Josh Helman, Ally Sheedy, Tomas Lemarquis, and Hugh Jackman.
Overstuffed with too many characters and not enough character development, this movie lives up to many of the worst stereotypes of the genre: a plot that's both thin and impenetrable, too many names for the uninitiated to keep up with, and large stretches of CGI overload. Fassbender gets to be emotional, while McAvoy finally loses his hair. Evan Peters gets another stand-out scene as the super-fast Quicksilver, much like in the last film. None of the new cast, among which are some good actors, really stand out, and the casting of Isaac as the villain seems pointless, as he's buried under makeup and even his voice is unrecognizably altered. Plus, his Apocalypse character is rather ill-defined, seemingly capable of whatever the script needs him to be capable of given the scene (to be fair, this was true of many of the X-Men villains in the comic books, as well). One of the characters in this movie makes the comment, when discussing film series, that "the third one is always the worst". You have to wonder how self-aware the filmmakers were. 5/10