No matter how many underwhelmed reviews I read dedicated to X-Men: Apocalypse, I am yet to marry up the entertaining, cartoonish spectacle I watched and enjoyed with the image they seem to paint of boredom and confusion. Perhaps my expectations were different, but Apocalypse is nowhere near deserving some of the venom poured in its direction so far.
Even with a packed cast and lots of elements to juggle - not quite as many as Civil War, but it wasn't far off - Bryan Singer mostly balanced his epic admirably, making cuts to character time where necessary in a smart way and making sure both the veterans and the new cast had a chance to shine.
And to deal with such a cataclysmic plot at the same time as introducing new characters is beyond brave: this sort of spectacle is usually reserved for the end of an arc after all. So you can keep your accusations of Singer playing it safe.
With the world having now seen Apocalypse, now is the time to answer the most important question: which of the film's MANY characters emerges as the best, and who deserved a little better?