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The human government develops a cure for mutations, and Jean Gray becomes a darker uncontrollable persona called the Phoenix who allies with Magneto, causing escalation into an all-out battle for the X-Men.
The X-Men. Protectors of peace. Jean Grey is one of the most beloved X-Men. But when a mission goes wrong, Jean is exposed to a dark and ancient power. This power has destroyed everything it comes in contact with, until her. Now that this power is becoming unstable, she releases it with destruction and anger. Now that this foreign power is consuming her, and the world is threatened, the X-Men have to face an important truth: they must save either the world, or their friend who threatens it.
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At the turn of the millennium, Fox breathed new life into a genre that was both laughable and moribund. As we head into the third decade of that millennium, they unleash a movie so thuddingly mediocre it almost sets the genre back twenty years.
It isn't the first time Fox have fudged a franchise closer - or the much beloved 'Dark Phoenix' arc. One has to only recall the deservedly maligned 'Last Stand' to understand just how wrong this studio can get it when it comes to everyone's favourite mutants, or the story of Jean Grey's terrifying ascent to being the most powerful being on the planet.
Yes; there's bombast. Of course, there's retina scorching VFX. Hell, there's even a slight sense of fun in the loopy first act. It's just such a shame that there is literally nothing else going for it.
The screenplay is truly awful, with a mangled, nonsensical plot, and knuckle-gnawingly awful dialogue. While superhero fayre isn't exactly known for its innate sense of verité, the story feels cobbled together from a couple of whisky soaked poolside 'brainstorming sessions' by a couple of developmentally challenged teenagers, and the discourse throughout is nothing more than moronic, exposition laden gobbledegook.
Then there's the acting, which at best is wooden and 'phoned in, at worst is hammier than a bacon sandwich in a pigsty. Quite how it's possible to completely waste the combined talents of McAvoy, Fassbender, Lawrence, Hoult, Chastain, Peters, Reade, et al is beyond me, but sadly this is one of the few things this dog's dinner of a picture manages with aplomb.
All of these sow's ears are stitched together in cackhanded fashion by Simon Kinsberg. While the first act, and a few subsequent action scenes zip along quite nicely, there is a disjointed feel to everything from the get go. The final act is truly abysmal, as anti-climactic as it is bodged. One shudders to think of the resources gobbled up as a result of the extensive reshoots that kept the movie from screens so long. Whether the reshoots or the director's efforts are what cause the denouement to feel so deflatory are a matter for debate, but they certainly couldn't have helped in the slightest.
Overall, there is almost nothing to recommend this sad state of affairs to anyone other than Marvel completists and masochists. It's so utterly sad that a franchise which began so blisteringly with X-Men and it's follow up, and was reborn with such panache in First Class is now more likely to be remembered for such garbage as DoFP, Apocalypse and now this dire, barrel scraping, migraine inducing nonsense. (4.5)
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