Simon Kinberg, a veteran X-Men writer and producer sitting in the director's chair for the first time, keeps the Singer flame alive, at least in the battle scenes that put the focus on clarity of action.
Despite all these issues, I still found it genuinely moving at times.
This dynamic is a little different from the typical X-Men movie, in which mutants are seen as freaks and outcasts. One detail that particularly amuses me is the characters' ages. By comparison, X-Men: The Last Stand, which features another take on the Jean Grey/Dark Phoenix legacy, has a 58 percent ranking. An early scene in which Mystique (an alarmingly wooden Jennifer Lawrence) berates Xavier for prioritizing the X-Men's image over their well-being stands out as particularly terrible, especially when she clumsily declares that the X-Men should be renamed "X-Women". It's during one such mission that Jean Grey/ Phoenix (Sophie Turner) comes into contact with an otherworldly force - and it begins to change her.
"He's just the best person I've ever met in my whole life", she told Entertainment Tonight. When the flare turns towards them, Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) uses her tremendous power to save the astronauts and X-Men. Thankfully, they were both in a great mood and willing to play along. Fassbender is also uniquely skilled at miming CGI telekinesis, straining until veins bulge in his forehead while his co-stars lackadaisically gesture at thin air.
For Dark Phoenix, she is playing the mysterious, unsafe extraterrestrial who has designs on Jean Grey's power.
Notably, "Phoenix" shares a weakness with that most recent film - namely, an utterly mediocre villain. Dialogue, characters and themes alike frequently emerge half-realised, the cosmic scope of Claremont's comic and the expansive dash of superior X-films whittled away.
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The Independent also thought Dark Phoenix was a two-star film, and "a superficial disappointment with nothing fresh to say". Elsewhere, Magneto founded the mutant separatist commune of Genosha, free from any human influence.
Numerous reviews mention that everyone involved seems checked out of Dark Phoenix, as the actors "look like they wish they were doing literally anything else", according to Uproxx's Mike Ryan. Some of her former colleagues, notably Magneto, want to kill her. Others, notably Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), main man of the X-Men, wants to deprogram and save her. McAvoy is no longer simply channeling Patrick Stewart's Xavier but has become his own, arrogant version of the character, and he gives a lot of heft to the themes buried in the script. Just like in the comics, his controlling behavior contributes to Jean Grey's downfall-and when he's forced to admit he's at fault, he makes it all about him. If she can do those sorts of things, how can I not try to make the characters I'm writing follow in her footsteps?
"You're always sorry. There's always a speech".
For those of you keeping score, that adds up to six excellent movies ("X-Men", "X2", "X-Men: Days of Future Past", "Deadpool", "Logan" and "Deadpool 2"), three good ones ("X-Men: First Class", "The Wolverine" and "X-Men: Apocalypse") and two stinkers ("X-Men: The Last Stand" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine").