Any fans of the X-Men franchise are sure to be excited for the end of May. The ninth installment of the series is being released on May 27th and it’s seen mixed reviews from critics so far. Warning: if you don’t want to read spoilers, don’t click through to the full reviews. Here’s what critics are saying so far:
“The latest entry in one of the more reliable comic-book franchises around, this time disappointingly succumbing to an exhausting case of been-there-done-that-itis.” – Geoff Berkshire, Variety
“With his fourth movie “X-Men: Apocalypse,” director Bryan Singer proves he’s still as good as Professor X at handling Marvel’s mutants.” – Edward Douglas, New York Daily News
“No spoilers, but what you get is a slightly more fantastical redo of X-Men’s finale (with a few secondary villains sent to briefly distract our heroes so that the main villain can cement their evil scheme) and a deluge of arbitrary CGI that will remind you of the climax to Ang Lee’s Hulk.” – Scott Mendelson, Forbes
The plot of the movie revolves around an immortal god, Apocalypse (Oscar Issac), who we learn was the first mutant. He ruled the world during ancient Egypt with four followers. He became entombed and wasn’t awakened until centuries later in 1983. After learning that civilization has “become weaker” in his eyes, Apocalypse plans to destroy the Earth and rebuild it with the help of new followers including Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and other mutants. Meanwhile, Professor X (James McAvoy), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and other X-Men join together to try and prevent Apocalypse from successfully ruining mankind.
Other notable actors in the movie include:
Nicholas Hoult as Beast
Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert
Tye Sheridan as Cyclops
Sophie Turner as Phoenix
Olivia Munn as Psylocke
Alexandra Shipp as Storm
Evan Peters as Quicksilver
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine
Lucas Till as Havok
Josh Helman as William Stryker
I won’t spoil the ending for anyone because I hate when people do that to me but from what I’ve read online, the movie seems pretty good. I love any of the X-Men movies that involve Hugh Jackman because it’s Hugh Jackman, how can you not love him?
Movie buffs are predicting the film will gross $120 million during the four-day opening weekend. It’s projected to gross between $175 and $300 million total. The holiday weekend will definitely be a benefit to the film since kids are off of school and parents will be looking for a way to keep them occupied.
If you haven’t already seen it, check out the trailer for the film here.
Will you be seeing the new X-Men movie? What has been your favorite film from the series so far?
*Feature photo originally posted on Instagram by @lucas.silvazc