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X-Men: Apocalypse

Went and saw X-Men: Apocalypse last night with my sweetie. With its RT rating of 48%, I wasn't expecting much. However, I'm pleased to say that it exceeded my expectations, and I enjoyed it.

I, personally, have always hated the character of Apocalypse in the comics. In my mind, he was one of the worst examples of the "villain bloat"* that characterized Marvel in the 80's (the worst example being, of course, the utterly insipid Mister Sinister), and he was one of the reasons that I started to read fewer Marvel titles in the 90's. So I really didn't have a whole lot of hope that X-Men: Apocalypse was going to be a shining star in the cinematic X-Men chronology.

Fortunately, the movie handled the character well, emphasizing his interesting qualities and downplaying or ignoring most of the really annoying shit. Of course, a lot of what happens in X-Men: Apocalypse (which takes place in 1983) contradicts things that happen in X-Men, X2, The Wolverine, etc.—but, well, time travel happened in X-Men: Days of Future Past, and that screws lot of shit up. I'm willing to give it a pass by saying to myself "This is an alternate timeline."

Anyway, I enjoyed it, and I think other fans would, too. Three-and-a-half stars out of five.

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*I am quite amused to read in the Wikipedia article on Apocalypse that he was a last-minute substitution dreamed up by Louise Simonson when she took over X-Factor from Bob Layton starting with issue #6. Layton had been building up to the villain of that arc being the Owl, an old adversary of Daredevil.

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