May 30, 2016
Movie Monday: X-Men: Apocalypse
The movie has too many plotlines to let them all breathe as they should, but I can't think of one I'd want to cut. Instead, I want to spend more time with these characters - especially young Jean Grey, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, and Storm. All manage to get standout moments against the established cast members.
Quicksilver, as in X-Men: Days of Future Past has one of the coolest scenes in the movie. But my favorite character moment might be Professor X showing what makes him so dangerous. I've enjoyed James McAvoy's performance, but I think this is the first time his Charles Xavier gets to feel dangerous.
From what I've read of critical reviews, X-Men: Apocalypse isn't getting the love of X-Men: First Class, much less Days of Future Past. I have to disagree with the critics. This isn't a smart movie, sure, but it is one that gets what makes comics fun and has an appealing cast of characters. It's also not insultingly dumb.
I must admit, I'd love another movie with the older cast to show what has changed due to Days of Future Past, but I can definitely live with these younger versions. I'm hoping for more fun movies in the series to come. Maybe we'll even see Deadpool in the main continuity one day.