Have We Passed Peak X-Men? A Review of the Idea-Starved 'Apocalypse'

Have We Passed Peak X-Men? A Review of the Idea-Starved ‘Apocalypse’

Less than 10 minutes into the sometimes entertaining 144-minute epic slog that is X-Men: Apocalypse, don’t be surprised if you find yourself distracted by nagging questions. Even comic book fans with a soft spot for this defiantly retro and relatively unpretentious superhero franchise might find themselves thinking, Why does this feel like the 20th movie of the *X-Men when it’s only the sixth? How come these characters constantly whine about how society mistreats them when they could be loving their lives as super-powered grown-ass freaks? Why do the X-Men movies keep cramming in new characters when they’ve barely scratched the surface on those they’ve already introduced?*  You wouldn’t give two shits about any of this nit-picky stuff if this third prequel, set in the Reagan era ‘80s, had deeper or funnier things on its mind than the world-dominating plans of the humorless blue meanie Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac, his charisma crushed by a goofy costume and little to no…