Review: X-Men: Apocalypse, C
Rated PG-13, 136 minutes
In some ways, the X-Men mutants have more memorable (and often more powerful) abilities than IronMan or Captain America, but you wouldn't know it with the middling, overlong and overwrought new "X-Men: Apocalypse" that has some mildly entertaining moments amidst an overstuffed plot. Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), the world's first and most powerful mutant, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) and Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction. Directed by Bryan Singer, who knows a few things about these Marvel mutants, "X-Men: Apocalypse" is the weakest of the new X-Men films and is a big disappointment after the stellar "X-Men: Days of Future Past," wasting a terrific cast and some serviceable visuals. The main problem is the muddled, overly ambitious script from Simon Kinberg, who has written and/or produced several films in the X-Men universe, and it's filled with too many characters and plot lines to keep track of, several of which could've been trimmed (I'm looking at you, Cyclops), especially if they're setting up even more X-Men films, and you know they are. There are several nice touches, including the the ubiquitous Isaac of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," who is memorable as the nasty Apocalypse, though he is hardly recognizable under all that makeup and body suit, and the biggest explanation in "Apocalypse" involves hair - how Xavier lost his. McAvoy and Fassbender are good as usual, though Lawrence is given less to do this time, and there's an utterly confusing cameo from Hugh Jackman's Wolverine here that seems to throw the timeline off a bit, though that's the least of its worries, with that confusing, overlong plot that in spite of some energy (both literally and figuratively), it goes on about 20 minutes too long. "X-Men: Apocalypse" has some moments here and there, but is an otherwise mediocre effort at best, but at least it's better than the recent, silly "Batman v Superman."