I dodged the latest X-Men movie (number 3 in the back-in-time reboot) and only just saw it online. The surrounding reviews were not great and I think coming to it with low expectations helped.
It was a big, fun superhero film. Yes, a bit bloated but it kept a fairly steady pace and a sensible plot. Apocalypse is a straightforward Bond villain in many ways: a man who wants to reshape the world and who has no moral limitations. His drive to control the world’s mutant holds the film together with a simple plot thread. The story is unambitious but serviceable.
The weakest aspect of the film is that Michale Fassbender’s Magneto has become ingrained as the tragic quasi-bad guy on the brink of redemption or perdition. Consequently, the story has to give him a new family and then kill them in a cliched fridging. The net effect is it becomes harder to take Magneto seriously as a villain and a wiser move would have been to allow the Magneto/Xavier dynamic take a rest in this film.
The move of Mystique/Raven (Jennifer Lawerence) into clear good-guy territory is possibly a bigger shift than Magneto’s . However, at least there is some sense in this new timeline for the character to become less consumed by hate and pessimism.
Overall, scratches satisfactorily a superhero itch. Could have been better but it could have been worse or it could have been Batman versus Superman.