X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Movie Review by The Commander


3 (out of 4 stars)
So here we have the next episode in the prequel of the X-Men series.  They've already taken on the Nazi bad guy, stopped the creation of the anti-mutant robot army of the future—so now it's time to take on God or a god-like mutant (probably the same difference), named Apocalypse.
In this episode we bring back an X-Men from prior prequels, add in some new ones, show origins of ones we already know and find out whatever happened to Waldo... I mean Wolverine.
So an ancient god/mutant has awakened from the dead, and of course, now wants to conquer the world, along with four needed henchmen, as in the four Horsemen of the apocalypse, hence the title.
Being an X-Men film, you know there's going to be a tremendous amount of CGI, over-the-top fight sequences, wild technology and great cinematography.  The four major prequel characters, Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and Hank McCoy/Beast (Nicholas Hoult) all return to lead the new X-Men to battle Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) and his henchmen.
While I was not highly impressed with this over-the-top 2 ½ hour rendition, I did thoroughly enjoy the great performances of Fassbender and Isaac.  If you don't know anything about Isaac, two of his main roles were as Poe Dameron in Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens and as Nick Wasicsko, the Yonker's, NJ Mayor in the TV Mini-Series, Show Me a Hero.  Maybe you saw one of them?  His makeup and costume were so over-the-top, I couldn't even tell it was him.  Fassbender is such a fabulous actor, he amplifies his character; always stealing the scenes.
This movie needs to be seen on the big screen in 3D.  While it may not be one of the better X-Men films, it still deserves your viewership, just from the sheer amount of talented personnel that went in to the making of this film.