Thanks to the excellent cast, it isn't hard to stay invested in a story that is artificial. But because of that, characters are hurt with plots and conflicts that are not character driven but pre-ordered, as if progression of the story doesn't entirely flow with supposed emotional experiences, while political cold war surroundings feels more comical than gritty. Still, it's enjoyable to watch for most of the time.
A nice prequel to the original X-Men movies, especially for fans of the series. This goes in a completely different direction in terms of cinematography and it pays off, as it has some quite beautiful shots here and there. One of the best superhero movies made in the last few years. 3.5/5