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REVIEW: Does X-Men: Dark Phoenix live up to the superhero hype?

Over the last few years, we have been treated to some amazing movies starring our favourite female comic book heroines. Two years ago, we watched as Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman walked all over the bad guys and the box office.

And earlier this year, we all hoped that Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel would do the same. It did.

So, it’s not surprising many of us were keen to see Sophie Turner take the X-Men’s Jean Grey and join her comic book sisters at the very top of the pile in X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

But first, what is this new X-Men movie about?

The movie opens with the X-Men, saving some astronauts after a space mission goes horribly wrong. During the rescue mission, psychic Jean Grey (Turner) absorbs a solar flare into her body which results in her powers becoming so great, she can no longer control them.

This lack of control means that Jean becomes rather unpleasant to be around when she gets angry. She tries to get help but nobody is interested.

You can see where this is going, right?

Enter Vuk (Chastain), leader of an alien race who explains to Jean that she has the potential to be the most powerful creature in the universe…… if she just lets it happen.

Jean, feeling abandoned and angry at those she feels have forsaken her, and encouraged by creepy, weird Vuk, turns to the dark side.

Should you watch it?

Yes and no.

The movie isn’t bad, it’s just blah. Mediocre. Average.

Unfortunately, the franchise that started it all – the X-Men movies were already out there are sending the likes of Hugh Jackman into the superstar stratosphere before Robert Downey Jr had even heard about an Iron Man script – seems to be limping to finish line with little juice left in its creative tank.

Turner, who mostly recently impressed as Sansa Stark in television’s Game of Thrones, has been let down by a boring script and lacklustre direction. Chastain should have shone as the truly evil Vuk but again, was left to flounder with little else to do but stalk around on set, trying not to cut anyone with her enviably sharp cheekbones.

Basically, this X-Men movie is to the X-Men franchise what season 8 was to the Game of Thrones series.

Take that as you will.

2 1/2 stars

Running Time :  103 minutes

Release Date :  In Cinemas Now

Who is in it:  Sophie Turner, Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult


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