X-Men: Apocalypse 3D (20th Century Fox, PG-13), June 15, 2016

While the critics have given this movie terrible ratings, do not believe it.  Listen to those of us who actually know the background of the last movie in this trilogy. If you are an X-Men fan or even a Marvel fan, go see this movie!

Bryan Singer is back directing X-Men: Apocalypse after the success of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Apocalypse is the first and most powerful mutant that comes to life after being buried for thousands of years. He is able to take the powers of others to amass immortality. (This is the goal at least.) He puts together a team of mutants that he believes will help him destroy the world due to the fact he did not like what he saw once he came back to life after the thousands of years he was buried. Only the strong mutants will survive.

The story line takes us to the beginning of Scott Summers’ story, and we also meet a young Jean Grey. They are all their young selves. Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto) is introduced in the movie. We learn a lot of his background. I mean a lot. I can understand better why the character Magneto is such a complex one. Professor Xavier goes through the worst of it from Apocalypse.

It is a true good vs. evil story—a David vs. Goliath. Many of the mutants, both good and bad, are figuring out their powers and their place in the world. You get many exciting showdowns, but the final one is one for the ages. Per usual, Bryan Singer has set-up many future story lines. The movie really captured the essence and spirit of Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Children.

The movie is set in the 1980s which was fun for this 1980s high schooler. I am not sure who did the research for products and clothing in the movie, but it really added a lot if you can actually remember the 80s. I promise if you were alive, especially in high school, you will have many chuckles. It was great seeing the group so young, and we know how they have progressed. The story line is definitely nostalgic.

I have to admit that I was one of maybe 10 people in the world who was not excited about Jennifer Lawrence playing the role of Raven/Mystique. I must eat my words now. She played the role beautifully. Raven led this band of young mutants along with Professor Xavier as they set out to battle Apocalypse. James McAvoy as Charles Xavier was an excellent pick along with Michael Fassbender as Erik Lensherr/Magneto. The cast was solid and assembled to perfection. It was nice to see some new blood in the series.

The uncredited appearance of Wolverine, played by Hugh Jackman, was brief, but excellent. For some, it appeared to be a surprise even though it had leaked that he would be in the movie. This was one of those story lines that set-up the new Wolverine movie perfectly. This is also the part in the movie where you see the beginnings of Wolverine. It is important to remember this information on Wolverine for a later date.

You will learn that as a movie reviewer, I do not give it all away. I want you to go experience it for yourself. The only way to see this movie is in 3-D. And for God’s sake, if you are a Marvel fan or call yourself one, stay until the very end. You must know by now that some of the best things in the movies are the extra clips at the end. I could not believe the number of people who left at the end. In this particular movie, you need to stay until the very end or you will miss serious information for another movie. Trust me on this one! | Tracy Fort

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