Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac, Rose Byrne, Evan Peters, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee
Director: Bryan Singer
Length and Rating: 144 min | PG-13
After X-Men: Days of Futures Past, the possibilities that these following films can go are endless due to the fact that Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) changed the course of time. This film focuses on what happens years after mutants saved the President from an attack against him. Unfortunately for the mutants, as seems to be the case in every X-Men film, they are still being hunted and killed. But when an ageless God-like mutant Apolcalypse (Oscar Isaac) awakes and is determined to rid the world of its humans, it’s up to Professor Charles Xavier and his baby-faced X-Men in training to save the day.
That is the main story line for this film, but threaded throughout are many smaller components. Beginning with the introduction of the young Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Scott Summers (Tye Sheridan), and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee). There is Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), who has gone into hiding, resisting to be the poster girl for mutants everywhere she has decided to travel around in her non-blue form and save as many other mutants as possible. And there is the constant tension between Professor Xavier and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) who can never truly see eye to eye when it comes to the state of humanity.
So really, all that means is that this is a long film. It’s two and a half hours. If you are a fan to the X-Men films you won’t care or notice. But if you’re not you probably will. And with all those plot points to hit and character development to be made, at times the film can seem like it was trying to accomplish too much. In addition, when you have a great actor like Oscar Isaac as the villain there should be little need to cover his face in makeup and prosthetics.
The introduction of the younger X-Men members were great, knowing how these characters interact later on in time make these scenes able to melt hearts. Managing to capture the essence of the character while also making it refreshing. Special acknowledgements should go out to Kodi Smit-McPhee as the young Nightcrawler, definitely a favourite. Also great was the always changing dynamic between Professor X and Magneto, one of the best “friend/foe” relationships around. With Fassbender giving the familiar villain more depth and understanding as to why he is the way he is. Similarly to Captain America: Civil War you can understand why there are two sides to this fight. One wants to see the best in the world, while the other wants to change its sad reality.
Mutants are being ostracized because they are different, and the world does not want to accept them. It is something that can be seen in the world around us today as well. People being afraid of what they do not know, of what is different, causes divides and creates hatred. Professor X’s goal, which has been constant throughout these films, both the original series and the reboot, is to blur these lines and have no divide. Here’s hoping he gets closer to achieving that in the next film.
FAVOURITE QUOTE: “I feel a great swell of pity for the poor soul that comes to my school looking for trouble.” – Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy)