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|Original title:||Dark Phoenix|
|Genre:||Adventure, Action, Fantasy|
|Production country:||USA 2019|
|Running time:||Ca. 113 min.|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
This year it's time to say goodbye to some popular franchises. After the "Avengers" now the "X-Men" take the hat in their current form. In the future, the popular mutants will also belong to the Disney/Marvel family and are therefore guaranteed to be awakened to a whole new screen life in a few years' time. For the swan song of the team around the younger versions of Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) the X-Men have to leave for a dangerous rescue mission into space - with fatal consequences: Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) is hit by a mysterious radiation wave that was supposed to kill her. But Jean survives the misfortune - and afterwards is more powerful than ever. Charles wants to help her get the new power under control - but Jean enjoys destroying and spreading fear and terror. Now their friends must try to stop them before they completely destroy the good reputation the mutants have earned over the last few years and harm innocent people. But this fight against "Dark Phoenix" quickly demands a sacrifice that changes everything…
"X-Men: Dark Phoenix" has some very good moments. Especially the first act is very convincing: dramaturgically as well as from the effects to the rousing music, for which Hans Zimmer was engaged this time. The beginning whets the appetite for the film and gives the impression that the disappointing "Dark Phoenix" appearance Brett Ratner had served in "X-Men: The Last Resistance" is made up for here. This first act ends surprisingly with the farewell of one of the main characters and everything indicates that the fans of the franchise are now facing a brilliant finale. But unfortunately there are too many obstacles in the way.
You can't even begin to think about all the inconsistencies that this film brings with it. Even if the timeline was changed, the characters - especially Charles Xavier and Magneto - should slowly look similar to their older versions - the series started in 2000, only 8 years after "X-Men: Dark Phoenix" played. Moreover, it doesn't make much sense to sacrifice characters who will actually play an important role later on. Yes, the makers didn't really go to much trouble to stay in line with the other films in the series...
However, even if that's not taken into account, this finale has its weaknesses. In many places it looks simply unfermented and somewhat awkwardly pieced together. There are always strong moments with good show values. But in the end there is nothing more than solid mediocrity - and the "X-Men" simply don't deserve that. It may be that these weaknesses wouldn't weigh so heavily if Marvel hadn't demonstrated a few months ago how to bring many loose ends together perfectly in a franchise. But also the direct comparison with "Avengers: Endgame" "X-Men: Dark Phoenix" looks a bit passionless and pale. Yes, that's still entertaining for long stretches, but it also makes it really easy for the fans to say goodbye. And so this time, unfortunately, there is only one: Worth seeing with some concessions!
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