Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world.
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By the time Magneto declares, "But nobody cares!" you almost feel bad for ganging up on this film, but nearly everything about "Dark Phoenix" has the listless quality of a contractual obligation. For once I have to agree with the studio for reshooting the ending—its big setpiece is the only thing that generates excitement—and I got a kick of Hans Zimmer seeming to channel the 90's cartoon theme song with his score.
3.5 - Watching this latest entry in the series felt like more of a "remake" of THE LAST STAND minus Wolverine, yet I've always found Jean's power/personality to be most complex since I loved the first films she was in.
From the atrocious ashes named "Apocalypse", X-MEN's worst nightmare, "Dark Phoenix" revivifies as a sometimes mediocre yet surely fun ending. Simon Kimberg is a experienced screenwriter but its screenplay is unripedly half-baked, and he is a first-time director but its action sequences are excitingly choreographed. Yet, he misunderstands the useless wastes and sacrifices of women is female empowerment, just idiotic.
Thoughts: The train sequence by itself is worth the ticket and more. It's visually expressive; with pleasing shots and clear action. Seeing the real world consequences of their actions has always been a highlight of the X-Men movies and this doesn't disappoint. I'm saddened to see the series—which has nevertheless yielded uneven results—pass into what will presumably be the stylistic homogeneity of Marvel Studios.
This was a solid female empowerment film and one of the best X-Men films I've seen of recent. Sophie Turner gives an incredible performance as a woman in an existential crisis and everyone telling what she should be. Definitely a socially conscious comic book film that delivers on the action just as much as it does the social commentary.
Disposable endpoint to the current incarnation of Marvel's mopey, moral super-heroes, as dull as dishwater and wasting a castload of talent in emoting-by-numbers moves; it's the girls who shine, but the film does them no favours.
An unfocused script and mostly mediocre performances should have sunk this late 'X-Men' entry but several well shot sequences and a dynamite turn by Fassbender make this worth a watch. The train sequence is dynamite with a great mix of cgi and physical effects. Turner fails to impress here as Jean Grey.
Ultimately it's possibly the weakest entry into the series. That said, it was shot nicely (stand-out style compared to the rest of the series), the action sequence on the train was creative and cool, and Hoult's performance in the kitchen... man... he gave a look that was so freaking spot on accurate for his feelings and so emotional that it made me well up. So there's some positives in there.