It’s the end of an era and this is the final Fox X-Men film before handing the keys to Disney and the MCU. We’ve had greats and pitfalls, but whether your opinions on it all, it’s been a huge part of a lot of nerds lives- my own included. It’s a shame this ended with a wet fart.
About a decade has passed since X-Men: Apocalypse and the X-Men are beloved icons of mutant acceptance; Charles Xavier, now a face of generation and inspiration to millions, is finally seeing his dream come true. The X-Men are heroes working with the US government and Magneto started a peaceful mutant colony. On a space mission, the crew encounter a space storm that threatens the space shuttle; Jean Grey sacrifices herself to contain it. While she seems unscathed, her powers are growing and she’s losing control. Can the X-Men stop their old friend before she’s fully engulfed by the Phoenix.
So we’ve seen this story in X Men: The Last Stand ; in fact the director wrote that movie. In some ways he did it better, in others much worse. First, I’m going to say I love how this movie portrays Prof X and McAvoy steals the show; a lot of the story covers the sins of Xavier and shows him in a darker but honest light as a character no movie really has. Sophie Turner is better this time around and I like her arc as Phoenix better than the last one we got but she’s just not enough of a standout to carry the movie. The biggest atrocity this movie has is the editing; the movie feels clumsy and feels like its tapped together with how choppy the transitions are. Most of the acting is just bland except for a few moments here and there and the what little action their is pretty bland too. In the end, while not a absolute travesty, it a really lame finale to the X-Men saga you can skip. May the gaming gods bring you glory.