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5. The Four Horsemen have no reason to fight. In X-Men: Apocalypse the four deadly mutants that Apocalypse recruits are Magneto, Storm, Angel, and Psylocke. These four mutants make up the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse. Unfortunately, the reason why they follow the menacing blue Apocalypse is unbeknownst to the viewer. In all reality, Angel is the only horsemen who has a reason for being there. After Apocalypse heals Angel and endows him with more power then he has ever known, it makes sense that Angel would have allegiance to Apocalypse. As for Storm, Psylocke, and Magneto there is never a clear reason of why they risk their lives for a mutant they just met yesterday. In my opinion, the Four Horsemen idea would have made much more sense had Apocalypse used his psychic abilities (which he does have btw) to control the Horsemen’s minds. At least then the audience wouldn’t be wondering why these characters follow Apocalypse, and the writers wouldn’t have to create a reason for all of them to align themselves with Apocalypse.
4. Magneto’s wavering loyalty. Before I criticize anything about Magneto, let me say that Michael Fassbender is an amazing actor who has portrayed the character of Magneto very well. The writers, not Fassbender, are at fault for the character Magneto in X-Men: Apocalypse. Throughout the first hour or so of the film, Magneto’s character was well written. We see him attempting Professor X’s idea of peaceful coexistence between mutants and humans. Magneto struggles to adjust to a routine lifestyle without using his powers publicly. This hopeful lifestyle soon fades away after the town turns on him when he saves a man’s life using his mutant abilities. Magneto loses his wife and child, and again gives in to his rage. Instead of returning to the only people who have ever accepted him (aka the X-Men and Professor X), he vows to destroy the world by teaming up with Apocalypse. Somehow, Mystique and Quiksilver convince him to start wreaking havoc mid-action, and Magneto turns against Apocalypse to destroy him. The film ends with Magneto and Professor X cordially saying farewell. Magneto switches loyalty throughout this film. From a viewers standpoint, I found it difficult to get behind this character and feel pity for him. Magneto is literally going to kill everyone (including his long-time friend Professor X), but minutes later Professor X and Magneto are chatting it up like old pals.
3. Jean Grey and the Phoenix. Jean Grey’s character was never fleshed out the way it should have been. Obviously, she is a much younger version of Jean Grey then has ever been seen in X-Men live action films. With that in mind, I struggled to understand how she managed to “turn on” the Phoenix power, but then turn it off when she was finished. The main reason Professor X and Jean Grey are so wary of the Phoenix is because the Phoenix is more powerful and unmanageable then both of them. It is even more unbelievable that a young, non-experienced Jean Grey would be able to control such a formidable power that is the Phoenix.
2. Wolverine’s cameo. How could we possibly have an X-Men film without a delightful cameo from the one and only Hugh Jackman himself? I believe it is entirely possible to go without a slashing Wolverine cameo. In my opinion, nothing would have been lost if Wolverine were not in this film. If Wolverine had been incorporated into the plot to help destroy Apocalypse, this cameo would have been better. Randomly throwing him into the movie and then having him run away was too abrupt and awkward.
1. Apocalypse and his powers. Apocalypse, throughout comics, has the ability to grow and shrink at will; he also can alter his arms and body into weapons or defense mechanisms. I watched in anticipation for a scene of Apocalypse growing to the size of a pyramid and stomping through the sands of Egypt, but I was disappointed. In my opinion, Apocalypse is one of the most powerful and formidable foes of the X-Men. The X-Men must all unite to even have a chance of defeating him, but in this film Apocalypse’s powers were not displayed in an accurate manner. While Apocalypse traveled through warp holes menacingly repeating lines of world destruction, I sat back dismayed and unimpressed by this truly evil X-Men villain.
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