Again, if you're already a dues-paying member of X-Men Nation, this won't be a problem, and that rocketing runaway train finale is admittedly a nifty bit of good guys/bad guys/other guys 3-D chess. And for the life of me, I don't understand how this line could be put in this movie unless the filmmakers had all just kind of given up, because it's impossible not to interpret it as a kind of breaking the fourth wall meta-commentary about the proceedings held forth in front of us. The original "X-Men" film, released in 2000, revitalized the superhero genre after it had been brought low by a series of awful late '90s movies. You're still not wearing make-up, but your eyes are darker. In the process, it established that a larger cinematic universe was possible for superhero flicks, even if it didn't formally refer to itself as such, and demonstrated that intelligent, complex stories could be told through that genre: "X-Men" as a parable about racism and genocide, "X2" about gay rights, "Logan" about death and existential despair, etc.
A couple of points are worth noting here.
"He's been around the series for so long now and he feels very passionate about this story, the story of Jean Grey", Fassbender said, explaining why he and some of his castmates, including Jennifer Lawrence, asked Kinberg to direct this time around.
The most impressive thing about Simon Kinberg's "Dark Phoenix", the 12th movie in 20th Century Fox's wildly inconsistent "X-Men" superhero franchise, is that it's not the worst one. It felt forced and very dissatisfying.
In the comics, Jean Grey (played by Sophie Turner) is hit by a solar flare that gives her heightened powers that eventually leads to Jean calling herself Phoenix, then Dark Phoenix.
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A number of critics have panned the film as a disappointing final installment in the X-Men series. It happened back in 2006 with X-Men: The Last Stand and it's happening now with X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
While those are the four categories of "X-Men" movies, the movies within those groups range from landmarks in the history of film to cringe-worthy embarrassments. The film is the most intense and emotional X-Men movie ever made. It even makes the infamous X-Men: The Last Stand look like a big win here with its 58% score.
But Dark Phoenix can't shake the feeling of attempting to do too much with too little, all with the knowledge that everything is coming to an end whether they succeed or not. If this is really the end, then it is a flawless round off because it is the ultimate test for the X-Men but there is always other avenues to explore with this. The shape-shifting alien (Jessica Chastain) and her entourage do nothing more than levitate as they fight the mutantkind protecting Jean Grey.
I will still be seeing Dark Phoenix, and our review of the film will be out Friday morning, because the X-Men will always be important to me and, with the exception of Apocalypse, I've never skipped one. Still, that doesn't mean Turner isn't eligible to play another Marvel character for Disney. Jumping ahead 17 years, we next meet Jean's 25-year-old self (Sophie Turner), a young woman now more confident in her paranormal gifts, having been raised - with all the requisite self-esteem of modern pedagogy - in a school for mutant children run by Charles Xavier (James McAvoy).
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