After the X-men save the astronauts in space, a solar flare emerges and consumes Jean Grey (Sophie Turner). She passes out, her fellow X-men save her, bring her back to the Blackbird.
Shortly after she awakens Jean Grey begins to remember her past which was cloaked by Professor Xavier (James McAvoy). Her abilities begin to consume her as well. Quick to anger, which leads to uncontrolled aggressive stances that never ends well for anyone at the other end. Her anger runs deep within her. As she goes looking for answers, she finds only hate, depression, which turns into anger. The Dark Phoenix within her arises, her form will consume everyone.
The better part of this film is Hans Zimmer who composed the soundtrack. It was beautiful, dark, all about the descent of a major character.
A huge shout-out to the actors, they did their best in what was a sub-par at best screenplay. James McAvoy did an amazing job as always when he reprised his role as Professor Xavier. He could play anything; Hence his role as the iconic X-men leader, and mentor.
Michael Fassbender plays Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto the misunderstood mutant. In the movie, he played the part as he had always played the iconic character, neutral. He was always not very good as the most trusted mutant. This time around he leads his own team of young mutants. A force to be reckoned with; A unique band of misfits that would harbor anyone that seems unfit to the world. So yes I absolutely loved his scenes, because the actor did what he could do. Act his butt off in order to get the job done.
Even Peters (Quicksilver), Sophia Turner (Jean Grey), Jessica Chastain (Vox), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Jennifer Lawrence (Raven), Nicholas Hoult (Hank), and Tye Sheridan (Cyclops).
The actors above did the best in what they had as per screenplay. So I named the main ones. Before I go into the Bad and then change to the Ugly. Let me say that the Dark Phoenix story is one of my favorite X-men tales, so if you don't like what I'm about to write, then don't read the review; Stop here and click out of the site. I'm very opinionated about my X-men, as I should be as a fan and a comic collector.
The scene started with Raven complaining about putting her team in danger. (LOL!) Her team. Since when is Raven the leader of the X-men. I thought it was Scott Summers, aka Cyclops. Guess that went out the door. Why? Even hire the actor for the spot if he's not going to have the proper source material. In the comics, all of them Scott is the leader of the X-men. Afterward Storm becomes lead as well; If the writer knew what the hell he was doing then just read the comic.
Raven went on and stated that the women of the team are always saving the teams asses. The team should be called X-women, not X-men. Really! I mean why? Because it was a political movement in that sentence. The film went from being a superhero film to a political rant. The X-men are a team of men and women that strive to save humanity from evil. The key here is men and women together, in unison. I could name female X-men characters that are iconic and unique.
Dazzler, Psylocke, Kitty Pride, Rogue to name some. These are wonderful characters in a dark world between humans and mutants.
That being said let me continue with my rant. Tye Sheridan (Cyclops) part of the film was pointless. He did nothing; At the beginning of the film he helps with the shuttle, afterward, he basically fought a bunch of alien space bad guys and that's pretty much it. Oh and he screamed Jean a couple of times in the end. He was just used in the action pieces, and it was pretty bad. The whole scenes with him were bad as can be, I mean why? Would you write a character in and use him so badly in the story.
Even Peters (Quicksilver) probably one of the most underwritten characters of all time. He as a whole should've been in the action, not just one to five minutes, but pretty much the entire film. Peter's acting alone is stellar, and the writer has him in the story in about 5 mins of screentime. Wait I'll give him ten. Quicksilver is Magneto's son and a pretty big deal was only in the film about 10 or less. If you have the power to make a great film with these actors, then write something good; Especially Even Peters.
In the nutshell, Jean Grey goes around the globe trying to find herself, and finally meeting Vuk (Jessica Chastain). The alien whose homeworld was destroyed by the Phoenix, so instead of finding an apartment or taking over the planet; Vuk wants world destruction. Really because fighting Apocalypse wasn't enough. This Vuk comes in and it's game on, world killer. She even brought her friends as well. Jean continues to become angry as the Hulk and Vuk convinces her to chill with good old Vuk.
Professor Xavier the founder of the School for the gifted. He is Jean Grey's mentor, a father. He took her in when her family decided to cast her aside as a young girl. Xavier also trained the X-men, in the comic the original team consisted of Iceman, Jean Grey, Beast, Cyclops, and Angel. Guess who the leader was? Cyclops will and always be the leader, period.
I went crazy when the story wrote out the most influential characters of them all; Charles Xavier. The treatment he got from the script was not only ridiculous but wrong. It wasn't his fault Jean went postal. It was her choice alone. He blocked those memories for a reason, and it was because of the pain she would carry with her for the rest of her life. Charles was like a father to her. Raven treated him horribly and the very end they put in Jean Grey name as the school head.
The film has so many SJW (Social, Justice, Warrior) it kinda ruined the movie for me. A superhero film should not be like this at all. The box office numbers show it guys. 32 million in the United States, and 136 million worldwide. A budget of about 200 million, and the reason it bombed why? The director, writer of the film Simon Kinberg did his own thing, and to be frank, it was horrible at best. I could say more but why bother pointing out bad scenes. Either way, guys don't see the film. If you do it's not my fault. If you like it, then it's your opinion.