X-Men: Apocalypse

The X-Men franchise feels a little tired in this third instalment of the prequel series. The film is slow to get going and is slightly repetitive as it introduces audiences to younger versions of already established heroes, while also under-developing some new characters. However, the principal cast remains likeable and there is plenty of action and a few very good laughs, mostly thanks to Evan Peters' Quicksilver, who has yet another memorable slow-motion scene following his fantastic sequence in X-Men: Days of Future Past. This film introduces audiences to Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), who was worshipped as a god in ancient times before being buried and wakes up in 1983, which is blatantly obvious with the shocking fashion. He enlists four mutants, including Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to help him destroy civilisation and it is up to Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) and their team of young mutant students to stop the villain. Audiences are certainly spoiled for choice with superhero films and X-Men: Apocalypse does not rate among the best for this year. Nonetheless, it is a decent addition to the X-Men universe, which has always been a favourite of mine for its complex character arcs and underlying moral message.