What happens when a super-mutant - a God of days of futures past, wakes up to a new world and decides to take over once again? Only now the world has cities, and machines, and meta-humans - sorry, mutants, and not all of those are that fond of giving up a world they've just started getting accepted in.
It turns into a vicious battle, and Oscar Isaac plays a convincing villain, as the first-ever mutant and destroyer of worlds, the one introduced already within the title: Apocalypse! Or En Sabah Nur, as is his real name. Apocalypse is his nickname outside of the movie, and it reminds of the recent Superman/Batman Apocalypse. Intentional or no? They're competing blockbusters on a lot of fronts, these two.
A lot of the mutants who have been with us a long time before this get properly introduced with this movie, and Charles goes bald, and for a while Magneto joins the dark side again. In the end it feels like he almost gets over the deaths of his loved ones too easily, but that's a minor thing. When it matters, he pours out emotion, and considering the circumstances maybe it's not so strange that he sways from one side to the other - teetering on an edge between darkness and light.
The plot moves beautifully, the special effects are off the charts, and a close knit group of X-Men really work together to bring order to the world. Most importantly: this time it goes how it feels like it was supposed to go with the Last Stand, and we see the Phoenix we really wanted to see. At least so far it seems to be looking hopeful, and a little glimpse of a promised sequel to be shows up at the very end.
I am looking forward to that! Logan. Will this be our final figuring of Wolverine - as he is now, or is all of this just getting started once again? Time will tattle.
The intros are almost getting too elaborate at this point, but I do like each one so far, and the new intrigue. I like the references to a past time as well - one of myth more than science. And I like that Mystique's a frontline figure now. All in all it's a grand movie, maybe not as thorough as the last, but intense, inspiring and emotional. I'm looking forward to whatever comes next.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle