Top ten disappointing movies of 2016

X-Men: Apocalypse

X-Men Apocalypse

It would take a lot to be worse than the flaming dumpster fire known as X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Luckily, X-Men: Apocalypse isn’t nearly that bad. In fact, it’s not bad at all. The problem with Apocalypse is that, after Bryan Singer’s excellent winning streak of X-Men hits, anything less than great is a bit disappointing. Admittedly, X-Men: Apocalypse isn’t great.

After Days of Future Past set the franchise up for a soft reboot, Apocalypse takes advantage of that and introduces us to some of our favorite mutants all over again. Unfortunately, all of them except Cyclops and Jean Grey are wasted. They get very little screen time and as a result, they feel completely unnecessary.

It’s as if Singer thought that a brief appearance would be good enough to please X-Men fans. These extended cameos seem to only exist to fatten the movie up, but the movie is already overstuffed as is.

Then there’s another major downfall in the form of the titular villain. Apocalypse has never been a particularly interesting character to begin with, but with the team of Singer and Oscar Isaac, you’d think they’d find a way to make him compelling.

Isaac is fine, but the character is even less developed than anyone could possibly imagine. His motivations are foggy and most of his screentime is dedicated to being ominous instead of a compelling villain with clear goals.

Once again, X-Men: Apocalypse isn’t bad. The action scenes are often breathtaking and the performances are great across the board. The muddled plot and unnecessary fan service, however, make this the undeniable weak link when compared to the other Bryan Singer X-Men films.

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