Dark Phoenix

The X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe when one of their own, Jean Grey, starts to spiral out of control. During a rescue mission in outer space, Jean is nearly killed when she’s hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. The X-Men must now band together to save her soul and battle aliens that want to use Grey’s new abilities to rule the galaxy.

Director: Simon Kinberg
Cast: Sophie Turner, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan

Review: Dark Phoenix shows that this franchise has made too many miscalculations to continue as it is. Even setting aside the messy continuity, why did these movies need to jump forward a decade with every installment? Why adapt “The Dark Phoenix Saga” if the character relationships haven’t been properly established? What makes an X-Men movie unique when the world now has The Avengers? These questions were never really answered, and so the current X-Men series closes not with triumph but with a shrug. Eventually, Dark Phoenix feels like an hour long episode of a low-budget X-Men TV show rather than X-Men movie.

Verdict: Worth the Home Popcorn

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