X-Men: Apocalypse is a 2016 American superhero film based on the fictional X-Men characters that appear in Marvel Comics. It is the ninth installment in the X-Men film series, the second film of X-Men prequel trilogy and the sequel of X-Men: First Class (with some references to the story altered by Wolverine in his time travel in X-Men: Days of Future Past).
- The main flaw is that Apocalypse, the titular villain is a weak and generic villain who plans on destroying the world. He also doesn't really do much throughout the entire movie except form the Horsemen and that's pretty much it.
- The plot is weak and overstuffed and moves at a dreadful pace, with WAY too much exposition and unnaturally stiff dialogue.
- It takes around 1 hour and 11 minutes for the payoff action to happen.
- It seemingly lacks a main character with there not being too many subplots happening, but too many characters being focused on. This movie doesn't know if it wants to focus on Xavier, Magneto, Mystique, Apocalypse, Beast, Jean, or Cyclops.
- Poor acting from actors like Jennifer Lawrence, who has incredibly phoned-in dialogue.
- Inconsistent CGI effects and unconvincing sets.
- Several pointless deaths. For example, Havoc dies in the movie yet his death isn't impactful.
- The 80s setting is only there to fill in the gaps with each movie in the continuity reboot X-Men saga taking place in a different decade. The movie also has lots of pointless and sometimes intrusive pop culture references (such as the Return of the Jedi reference in one scene).
- The scene with the Return of the Jedi reference really only exists to mock X-Men: The Last Stand, with the line "At least we can all agree the third one is the worst," yet this movie repeated some of the problems that were in The Last Stand, like the poor development of Jean Grey.
- Stryker doesn't do much except delay the plot with a pointless plot thread for 20 minutes, that involves the old and new X-Men getting captured and then Wolverine being released from his cell to fix everything.
- Magneto is another weak character who has yet another origin story and he basically fills the role of Angel from the original arc in the comics, except they forgot the part where he could be redeemed because he didn't kill anyone, yet here he kills tons of people and he is still allowed to side with the X-Men.
- Good soundtrack.
- Some memorable moments, like the scene where Quicksilver saves everyone on the Charles Xavier institute from a big explosion which became a meme.
- Decent fight scenes.
- Great themes despite the overstuffed plot.
- While not faithful to the original costumes from the comics, the costumes look awesome.
Reviews was mostly mixed, with many criticizing the film's unoriginal plot and overuse of CGI.