Unfortunately, even a star-studded cast, featuring Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and Jessica Chastain, can’t save this Phoenix standalone starring Sophie Turner.
“Dark Phoenix doesn’t just suck big time,” says Rolling Stone film reviewer Peter Travers, “It’s the worst movie ever in the X-Men series.” (source)
Well, I’d seen this in the shelf a little while ago, but didn’t buy it at the time.
We have treated ourselves to the latest NCIS (season 15) though (love this guy)
and also Angel has Fallen to complete the set of Olympus and London.
Back to Dark Phoenix.
It’s hard to get to grips with the ‘new cast’ of James McAvoy et al and I missed Logan aka Wolverine aka Hugh Jackman in this (not even a cameo), but they were all romping along in matching suits, being very much The Good Guys now and Charles having a hot line direct to The President.
That all goes belly up when our Heroes go on a rescue mission in space and Jean is hit by a solar flare.
And doesn’t die.
It enhances her powers and she can’t control it, which roughly touches on the third X-Men original series where Wolverine is the only one who can save her…. by killing her.
Throw in some aliens (the leader of which looks like a poor ad for botox) who are after the power source, and suddenly the X-Men are no longer the saviours of mankind, but hunting their own.
It had loads of punch ups and CGI effects, but then it gets a bit jumbled and we lost the story for a bit, so will have to watch it again. True to form though, if the critics pan it, we usually love it, and personally I don’t think this was that bad.
On a scale of 1 to 10 it’s a good on the first viewing.