X-Men Apocalypse: Far from a boom.

I walked into X-Men Apocalypse expecting that it would be an exciting, exhilarating, and nostalgic moment for me.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t. Well, not really.

X-Men Apocalypse builds on the story arc of Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac a.k.a Poe Dameron) , the first mutant, who after a few millenia, has risen from a coma to scorn the Earth from weakness and inferiority. However, Charles Xavier (played by James McAvoy) and his crackpot team of underage mutants will never let that happen to their beloved planet. Banding together with former ally/foe, Mystique (J-Law!), they set out to stop Apocalypse and his four disciples, battling both new and old enemies along the way.

Does the plot sound familiar? It does to me. Somehow the recent X-Men movies have followed slightly similar formulas: Mystique teeter-tottering between good and bad, Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr (also known as Magneto) coming to an impasse after previously being on good terms, the main antagonist always focusing on hijacking/creating weapons of mass destruction. Sure, this is a formula that many movies follow. But in the case of X-Men, it’s become especially increasingly repetitive and non-original.

Although the film is packed with a star-studded cast (introducing Olivia Munn and Sophie Turner into the universe), somehow there’s not enough depth into each character. For a large part of the film, I never felt emotionally attached to the characters. The fights were okay, but they didn’t leave me at the edge of my seat, hoping my favorite character wasn’t injured. I didn’t feel the same tense feeling I got watching similar movies. The movie, although enjoyable, felt relatively flat for me.

This of course was disappointing. X-Men Apocalypse wasn’t a movie with a lot of hype in Indonesia. The theater I watched in wasn’t even half-full.

So this lack of hype means I didn’t have high expectations for the movie in the first place. Unlike Batman vs. Superman, which left me disappointed partly because it didn’t live up to the hype, X-Men Apocalypse didn’t really disappoint, but it barely reached the mediocre expectations I had for it in the first place.

But X-Men Apocalypse does have its high points. Quicksilver scenes are a delight, with slo-mo comedy and saving the other guys. The story itself is not too bad, introducing several new mutants and new powers. The 80’s theme makes the movie vibrant with flashy clothes and retro hairdos. There are a few scenes that will be heartbreaking and leave you in shock. The villain, despite looking like a Power Rangers boss with his henchmen, is interesting and has powers strong enough that you start to think he might have a chance at slaughtering the X-Men. X-Men Apocalypse also did well in delivering the origin stories of the whole team (but I still think Wolverine’s break from Stryker’s lab was better in X-Men Origins: Wolverine).

So is it the best X-Men movie?

Unfortunately no. It lacks a strong storyline and relatable characters.

Is it the best Superhero movie of 2016? It obviously lost out to Civil War, but just may be a bit ahead of Batman vs. Superman.

Is it worth watching? Yes it is. At the very least, it delivers as an entertaining movie, with enough funny bits and impressive powers to leave you happy as you leave the theater.

Final verdict: I’d give it a 7/10.

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