The stakes got upped a bit in the previous entry and so I must say I was worried about the endless stake-upping occurring in this series, like it does with the Avengers movies. And, to an extent, the stakes are indeed upped passed the point of sanity. The bad guy is a different kind of world-threatening baddie this time, but at least he’s different, I guess.
Because the X-Men series plays with time so much, it avoids much of the repetition dooming the Avengers films to perpetual mediocrity. (As I said, the stake-upping is also really, really repetitive.) But this particular installment is the first film in a bit to feel repetitive to me. This film fits in with the other movies a little better, for me personally, because I know the general comics story-lines better than the other comic book series right now (only because of the X-Men cartoon series) but it still feels like parts of previous X-Men stories assembled together, and all the familiar notes are hit, in a less effective way than the last time.
The other thing is that the battle within the consciousness of the bad guy is pretty fucking dumb.
I still prefer these films to the other Marvel movies, on the whole, but this is not a great one.
- Directed by Bryan Singer
- Produced by Simon Kinberg, Bryan Singer, Hutch Parker, Lauren Shuler Donner
Screenplay by Simon Kinberg, Story by Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris, Based on X-Men by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
James McAvoy as Charles Xavier / Professor X
Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto
Jennifer Lawrence as Raven / Mystique
Oscar Isaac as En Sabah Nur / Apocalypse
Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy / Beast
Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert
Carolina Bartczak as Magda Lehnsherr
Evan Peters as Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver
Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers / Cyclops
Sophie Turner as Jean Grey
Olivia Munn as Psylocke
Kodi Smit-McPhee as Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler
Alexandra Shipp as Ororo Munroe / Storm
Lucas Till as Alex Summers / Havok
Josh Helman as Colonel William Stryker
Ben Hardy as Angel
Lana Condor as Jubilee
Tómas Lemarquis as Caliban
Giant” Gustav Claude Ouimet as The Blob,
Monique Ganderton as one of En Sabah Nur’s original lieutenants, Death.
Hugh Jackman as Logan / Wolverine / Weapon X
Music by John Ottman
Cinematography by Newton Thomas Sigel
Edited by John Ottman, Michael Louis Hill
Production companies: Marvel Entertainment, TSG Entertainment, Bad Hat Harry Productions, Kinberg Genre, The Donners’ Company
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date: May 9, 2016
Running time: 144 minutes
Country: United States
Budget: $178 million
Box office: $543.9 milion