Set in 1983, ten years after Days of Future Past, Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) is happily running his school, teaching young mutants about their powers and hoping to one day have all mutants be accepted in society. Soon, an ancient being known as Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) awakens from centuries of slumber, and after exploring the world, he decides to cleanse it, eliminating the weak and letting the strongest mutant prevail. To do this, he gains the help of four mutants, including Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and attempts to destroy the world. It's up to Xavier and his school of mutants to take down Apocalypse, reforming the X-Men and facing a threat with greater power than they could ever know.
The second act is where this film lost me, and while it does have a lot of great and memorable moments, it's a slow moving drag. The stakes are set up, but never really felt, and a lot of the actions taken by several characters just feel rather stupid. To be fair, it's not all bad. There's a scene with a certain character shown in the last trailer that's short but sweet, and Quicksilver's introduction is a lot of fun, but after an initial confrontation between the X-Men and Apocalypse (one of the best scenes in the film), everything goes downhill for a while.
Speaking of the four horseman (Apocalypse's followers), none of them are overly developed outside of Magneto. Psylocke (Olivia Munn) looks extremely cool in action, but the film didn't tell me anything about her character that the trailers didn't. She's a superhero with... a power stick? While the comics explain who she is, the film doesn't translate any of that. Storm (Alexandra Shipp) doesn't do much either, and Angel (Ben Hardy), like all of the underdeveloped characters, looks cool, but does very little.
Despite my many complaints, there's still a lot of fun to be had here. It may seem like I'm ranting, which I technically am, but I did like this film. It's extremely problematic and poorly written, but at times, it's also a lot of fun, especially the action sequences. The final fight is a great display of all of these character's powers, and watching all of them work together was just insanely awesome, despite some terrible CGI. The fact of the matter is that filmmakers attempted to do a few too many things with this movie, and while it's not perfect, it's a good time at the movies. I am extremely excited to see where these characters head next, especially the younger cast as they stole the show.