The X-men franchise is one of the richest and most entertaining superhero sagas ever made.
Unfortunately it’s also one of the most confusing ones.
It started with a trilogy.
Then they made a prequel.
Then Wolverine got his own movie + a sequel that happened much later in time.
And now there’s another prequel, but this one isn’t in the ’60s like the first one, but occurs 20 years later in the mid ’80s.
Seriously … who can still keep up with what movie happens when?
So, before we even consider reviewing the latest chapter in the X-men saga – here’s a list of all X-men movies and how to watch them in the right order. Be advised – each movie comes with a short summary that contains some spoilers!!
(scroll down to the text in red if you wish to read the actual movie review!)
1) X: First Class: Obviously the first X-men – this movies takes place in 1962. Professor Xavier and Charles Lehnsherr become friends and build a school for gifted mutants.
2) X-Men: Apocalypse: The latest chapter in the X-men saga takes place in the 80’s. It still features the young X-men, Professor X is mostly with hair and – spoiler alert! – Storm starts out as a villain fighting the good guys. The end of the movie ties in beautifully with what we’ll see in the first movie of the X-men trilogy.
3) X-Men Origins: Wolverine: A look at Wolverine’s early life. It doesn’t specify when exactly this movie takes place, but it’s obvious that Wolverine has yet to meet Professor X and the school for the gifted mutants. Essentially, he’s still running amok like a wild beast doing whatever he pleases. We also get a sneak preview on why precisely he has metal claws.
4) X-Men: The first X-men movie ever made is in fact the fourth one in the saga. In this movie, a balded Professor X welcomes two new mutants: Rogue and Wolverine. Whatever friendship Charles Xavier and Eric Lehnsherr had in the past has now become a cold distant conflict, dangling on the brink of war between both sides.
5) X2: The sequel to the first movie of the trilogy. This time all X-men join forces against the rebellion of a general named William Stryker. He and his military forces do not only attack the school, but also abduct Professor Xavier.
6) X-Men: The Last Stand: The final part of the trilogy. The fight between Professor X and Magneto takes a turn for the worse. In this movie, Magneto forms an army of powerful mutants when a cure is found to treat mutations.
7) The Wolverine: The sequel to the first Wolverine-movies takes place after the X-men trilogy. Wolverine is having a hard time after – spoiler alert! – Jean Grey died. He is once again running wild until an old acquaintance summons him to Japan. The end of the movie shows how Professor X and Magneto confront Wolverine at the airport, saying there’s a grave danger lurking ahead – a threat to all mutantkind. This is of course the premise for …
8) X-Men: Days of Future Past: The final battle of the X-men! Mutants are killed left and right by gigantic robots. In a desperate attempt, Wolverine is sent back through time (to the 70’s) to prevent an event that results in doom for both mutants and humans.
Why is this movie the last one? Because – even though a big part happens in the 1970’s – the main focus of the movie is still about the future of the X-men.
And now for the actual movie – X-men: Apocalypse!
As stated before, X-men: Apocalypse is a movie that takes place in the mid 1980’s. The X-men are still very young but now face their deadliest opponent yet.
The first ever mutant – some Egyptian maniac who believes having all the powers in the world justifies killing innocent people – has risen again from the Underworld and seeks to wreak havoc onto humans and mutants alike.
The story of the movies resembles the one of X3 a bit, in that Professor Xavier and Magneto are fighting each other, each with their own team. This movie is basically the younger version of that fight …
As we have grown accustomed to the directing of Bryan Singer, the latest X-men movie is full of fantastic action set pieces, awesome battles and – how could it not be? – mega-impressive mutant superpowers.
There’s hardly any story to tell. Luckily, director Bryan Singer knows how to feed his movie with enough yummy-entertainment to keep the whole thing afloat for +2 hours!
The most impressive scenes are the first ever mutant fight inside a pyramid + the final battle between our favorite heroes and a bunch of bad mutants.
There is not much else to say about the movie that hasn’t been said before.
X-men: Apocalypse is essentially the same formula as any other X-men movie, except this time you feel as though the threat is really real! It becomes painfully obvious that we are reaching the end of the X-men era. Who knows what will happen? Maybe they all die …
The whole movie evolves around En Sabah Nur aka Apocalypse who’s building a small yet super-powerful personal army of four horsemen. One of them is Storm – you know, the girl who can manipulate the weather like rain or lightning. It seems she started out as a rebellious chick who used her powers to steal money from others.
We also get a sneak preview on the powers of Psylocke. It’s not quite clear what kind of a weapon she carries, but it’s cool enough to stop asking questions … and simply stare in awe!
The bad guy of service is played by actor Oscar Isaac, though his everyday performance is easily overshadowed by the Special Effects-team who’ve done an outstanding job of bringing this classic Marvel character to life. His costume, his make-up, his facial features … they’re all first-rate work!
Long story short – X-men: Apocalypse builds further onto the X-men franchise and, even though it gets confusing sometimes, the movies themselves are precious pearls of fantasy. Truly inspiring action movies. Truly entertaining blockbusters. And isn’t that all that matters in the end?
did you know?
The song playing in the scene when Apocalyse finds Angel is by the heavy metal band Metallica. It’s called “The Four Horsemen” from the album “Kill ‘Em All”, released in the same year the film takes place, 1983.
Give it to me short:
X-men: Apocalypse promises to be bigger and better than any X-men before. Whether it’s actually better is debatable, but it’s definitely the first open-war movie featuring mutants. The destruction is enormous. The action sequences are truly aspiring and the actors – though no one deserves any awards of any kind – clearly enjoy themselves in their parts.
The bad guy is beautifully constructed by the Special Effects-team, and actor Oscar Isaac is the lightning beacon of all characters in the movie.
Pity that the story is so thin, but perhaps it was the only way to make this movie entertaining.
The good thing is: by dumbing down the complexity of the storyline, director Bryan Singer creates enough room for a great majority of mutants to show off their insanely awesome powers!
X-men: Apocalypse is a good movie to watch & enjoy, but don’t expect any character depth nor unexpected plot changes … well … there was this one moment in the movie where – noooo – I can’t spoil it for you!