While X-Men: First Class rebooted the venerable X-Men series with a roar, Dark Phoenix, the third chapter featuring James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender capped the series off with a whimper.
The movie tried to be one part superhero movie and one part thriller, in my opinion it did neither well.
The movie veered so afar from known X-men canon that it just seemed wrong.
Don’t get me wrong, as a thriller it was a good movie. The acting was solid. It just seemed that Dark Phoenix started as a thriller that had been adapted to make the X-men characters the protagonists.
Adding the death of a major character, breaking canon, early in the story and writing that never fully explained who the enemies were, the movie fell down in several areas.
As a stand alone thriller the movie is watchable, but it’s not an X-men movie.
My rating is 2.5/5.
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