X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Olivia Munn, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne. Directed by Bryan Singer.
In X-Men: Apocalypse, an ancient Egyptian mutant is awakened by Moira McTaggart, and he does not like what the world has become in the centuries since his live burial. He finds a few young mutants (Angel, Storm, and Psylocke among them) and – wait for it! – decides he needs to blow up the world.
Magneto is living under cover in Poland, with a wife and child, while working in some kind of steel mill or something. He’s trying to live a quiet life, but as he keeps reminding us and Xavier, the world doesn’t want to allow it. I think Xavier finds him and enlists his help, with a bunch of young X-Men, including young Jean Grey, young Cyclops, young Nightcrawler (in what seems to be a timeline inconsistency), and young Quicksilver, in stopping Apocalypse, that Egyptian mutant, from ending things.
The Magneto story is great, and I appreciate the film taking its time through it. The Xavier-McTaggart story is interesting, but there’s not enough of it. And there’s just not enough of the relational stuff that makes other X-Men films so much better than this. Without it, you just have a crazy cartoonish villain wanting to – wait for it! – blow up the world, and that’s just not interesting. I still enjoyed the film, because I enjoy the X-Men and the students at Xavier’s school, but scenes with Apocalypse were just something to sit through, and there were a lot of them.