Fassbender, McAvoy & the Dark Phoenix Cast!

Fassbender, McAvoy & the Dark Phoenix Cast!

Fassbender, McAvoy & the Dark Phoenix Cast!

That's more than I've said, in general.

If you're a comic book fan, you will recognize "Dark Phoenix" as an adaptation of "The Dark Phoenix Saga", a famous "X-Men" storyline in which the powers of Jean Grey/Phoenix (Sophie Turner) are amplified by her bonding with a supernatural entity known as the Phoenix Force.

This is the story of one of the X-Men's most beloved characters, Jean Grey, as she evolves into the iconic DARK PHOENIX. If you have enough time to spare might as well give Disney's Aladdin a try but strictly avoid Dark Phoenix.

From the moment the trailers came out and established that part of this story was going to be about Charles Xavier's manipulation of Jean Grey's mind, I was anxious.

The latest release from the studios' animation arm, Illumination (also behind the "Despicable Me" movies), brought in $US47.1 million to win the weekend box office. Her death then divides the X-Men into two sides: those who want Jean dead (Beast, Magneto) and those who want to save her (Charles, Cyclops). The film is already getting negative reviews, the worst in the X-Men series.

In contrast, everything about the story with Jean is fast-tracked. Most of all, though, she's angry. It was almost overwhelming, and after that, she used her own psychic powers to lock off portions of the Phoenix's might, protecting her mind from itself.

The cast does the best they can with what they're given, with Sophie Turner being the best thing in this movie.

That's why this movie fails. The cause of a happy and flourishing future for mutants, the one that animated Professor X's life (Patrick Stewart) and caused him to found the X-Men, is in its death throes. Then, as someone who is familiar with the source material, I also just feel cheated that, despite a second go-round at this story, the writers have learned nothing. Munn had told Collider earlier, "It's like a two parter, this movie". Both movies are set in the 1990s, but "Captain Marvel" actually has fun with being a period piece and takes advantage of its '90s setting.

Though much of Dark Phoenix did work, it seemed to do so without the intricacies on show in much of the rest of the franchise nor the emotional gravity or meaning of neighbouring franchises like that of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Jean, meanwhile, is finding out that Professor Xavier altered her memories of a core trauma: being abandoned by her father, who grew too fearful of her telepathic powers after a auto crashed killed Jean's mother.

Did he always know he wanted to end the movie the way it ends?

Longtime X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner takes to Twitter to react to the release of X-Men: Dark Phoenix but deletes the tweet. Storm, Rogue, Mystique, and Jean Grey have never been allowed to reach their full potential. That backstory is embedded in Jackman's and Stewart's textured and heartbreaking performances, discernible even to one hasn't seen a single other "X-Men" movie.

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