It’s been one of the most anticipated movies of the year. Initially announced in 2013, X-Men: Apocalypse is the very first X-Men movie after X-Men: Days of Future Past. For those who are confused, Days of Future Past completely reset the timeline, and erased all the events of X-Men, X-Men 2, and X-Men: Last Stand, as well as altered the events in which Logan is captured, experimented on, and brainwashed. That’s not to say that some of those events can’t happen; In fact, they very much can, but that’s up to our good directors and their writers.

X-Men: Apocalypse focuses on younger versions of Scott Summers (Cyclops), Jean Grey, Kurt Wagner (NightCrawler), and Ororo Munroe (Storm.) A mutant named Apocalypse, gifted with the power to transfer his consciousness into other humans and mutants, and absorb the gifts of those mutants, believes himself to be a god. He and his four disciples – Archangel, Psylocke, Storm, and Magneto set out to conquer Earth and put mutants at the top of the food chain. They’re met with resistance by an early version of the X-Men, who are led by Hank McCoy (Beast), Mystique, and Quicksilver.

The movie was surprising in the way the actors portrayed their characters. Considering that many of the main characters are still developing their skills, and haven’t really had time to be in the spotlight, I was thoroughly impressed. I was especially impressed by Sophie Turner’s performance. Portraying Jean Grey in the movie, Sophie Turner has also had a lot of time in the spotlight from her time as Sansa Stark in Game Of Thrones. She played a larger part in the movie than I realized, and highlighted the impressive talents of the actors surrounding her. Alexandra Shipp, a bit of a newcomer to the silver screen, played an amazing Storm, and really brought the comic book character to life in ways that Halle Berry failed to. I would go so far as to say she met, if not exceeded Halle’s performance as the white-haired mutant.

All-in-all, it gathered an amazing group of people with an amazing script and ended up being one of the most interesting movies I’ve been to in all of 2016. Something I didn’t expect, but thoroughly enjoyed, was the jokes that the cast made within the movie. It was almost a fourth wall break without actually BEING a fourth wall break.  I can’t wait to see where they take the timeline from here, and give this movie a 4 out of 5 glasses rating. Go check it out for yourselves at your local theater!