X Men: Dark Phoenix : How Magneto stole the show

After multiple delays, some of which were brought on by reshoots linked to reports of poor test screenings, X Men Dark Phoenix is finally out and it is reportedly the final film in Fox's X-Men franchise.

In new X-Men movie Dark Phoenix, Sophie Turner takes centre stage as Jean Grey, one of the X-Men`s most beloved characters, whose descent into darkness means her fellow heroes must turn against her for their own sake – and the sake of the world.

During a life-threatening rescue mission in space, Jean is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all. Wrestling with this increasingly unstable power as well as her own personal demons, Jean spirals out of control, tearing the X-Men family apart and threatening to destroy the very fabric of our planet. 

Is Dark Phoenix any good? Early audiences are taking it to Social media to share their thoughts about the film and they are largely not too positive- most of them are agreeing on the fact that the X men franchise deserved a better finale, describing the film an underwhelming conclusion to end the saga.

IndieWire described it as “by-the-numbers” and only “mildly interesting,” while The Hollywood Reporter noted it was a “whimper” of an ending to the X-Men franchise that “never remotely fulfilled its potential.”

Others were a little more balanced in their response, noting that it was an improvement on 2016 instalment on X-Men: Apocalypse with some fun and imaginative moments, even if the film’s existence did end up feeling a little surplus to requirements in the now-packed superhero landscape.

Better than Last Stand or Apocalypse but never hitting the heights of X2, Dark Phoenix thrives when its heroes are front and centre. If this is the end, it’s a solid rather than spectacular goodbye,” Empire’s Ian Freer said.

On review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes Dark Phoenix is currently rotten at 16% positive reviews.

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