The story of the movie saga about the X-Men, the popular characters in the Marvel comics, started back in 2000: 19 years later, in its clip, 12 films (including "Deadpool" related to the same universe). The final tape of Simon Kinberg is supposed to complete the main line of the franchise, which, frankly, went along, ahem, a star after tangled tricks with time travel. In recent years, only solo albums about Wolverine and the Talkative mercenary, standing away from the main line, went with a bang.
The plot with the participation of the Dark Phoenix was already played out in the film “X-Men: The Last Battle” in 2006, but Simon Kinberg, who got out of the scriptwriters into directors, decided to create a completely new interpretation of the mysterious transformation of Gray Gray into a dangerous superstrong creature - with blackjack, but without Logan.
Even 3 years ago, in the finale of X-Men: Apocalypse, viewers saw that Gene blazed with a familiar glow in the shape of a fiery bird. The moment was not just a reference, but a direct bridge to the Dark Phoenix.
PlotEvents of the tape unfold in the very beginning of the 90s. The X-Men superhero team, beloved by Americans and the whole world, goes into orbit to save the astronauts whose shuttle was destroyed by a powerful solar flare. Confused while searching for the last man, Gene Gray (Sophie Turner) fell under the influence of a strange cosmic cloud, but she remained alive and even began to feel an unusual surge of strength.
Professor Xavier (James McEvoy), trying to figure out what had happened, discovered that an unprecedented power had demolished the blocks he had once set in the girl’s mind, which hid very painful childhood memories.
Being in an unstable mental state after the incident, Gene loses control, getting into a fight with his friends and the police, and then escapes. However, not only people and mutants are looking for her, but also mysterious aliens. These last surviving representatives of the shattered world have long hunted for the energy that settled in Jin.
VerdictAt the end of the long-running saga, we expected something more ambitious, but Simon Kinberg, who wrote the scripts for several parts of the franchise, reached the stage of self-production and decided to create his own interpretation of one of the most popular X-Men comics.
The new interpretation had prospects, but such a responsible matter would be worth entrusting to a professional. After all, directing is not just a visualization of a script, but a style, details, depth. Kingberg clearly does not feel confident in the director's chair: he is afraid to take risks and experiment, preferring banal moves, as if taken from a manual for beginner directors (like, you must definitely turn on the rain at the funeral, make more references to biblical stories and pour in clumsy symbolism).
It is difficult for him to keep all the plot lines in focus. The greatest attention is given to Gene Gray, whose tragic history from the past becomes the seed for the terrible events of the future. Children's injuries are a trivial thing that smacks of psychotherapy. However, the girl’s actions are more or less motivated. And Sophie Turner herself clearly gave out more acting than usual, blocking the stupid remarks with a well-felt anguish.
If the complicated plot between Gene, Cyclops and Logan played a huge role in the classic plot, then the first one just looms next to the main character, showering her with kisses and helpfully pouring a little vinyl, and the second is completely cut out of the script.
To create at least some kind of movement, Kingberg adds to the production of aliens led by Queen Wook. The prehistory of the children is spelled out in two phrases, and the goal gives away the reference villainy. Only the skill of Jessica Chastain saves the situation, which tastefully embodied a cold alien blonde in invariably stylish outfits, whose cat habits, insinuating voice and inhuman gaze create a sense of threat without any motivation.
The side lines are generally spelled out so poorly that they leave only on the achievements of past parts and the skill of the actors. Michael Fassbender as Magneto pulls out half of the film on himself.
I want to rewind most of the dialogs here: pathos, clumsy plans, lack of attention to detail. At first, the tedious film is gaining momentum by the second half, when it finally starts mochilov: watching the well-set action scenes under the first-class soundtrack from Hans Zimmer just relax your soul!
The director should remember that the ending of this tape should be a worthy end to a story that has been developing for almost 2 decades, and not a local ending. It seems that he himself was very afraid to fix it, so he decided to cut something visually spectacular, but without specifics, in the style of an open finale with a rough mix on biblical symbolism: they say, dear viewer, think up a deep meaning yourself. Only the last scene deserves respect, which becomes a nostalgic reference to the finale of the very first film of 2000.
In short, if you are an ardent fan of X-Men, then going to this movie is just for show. For the viewer who is not passionate about the franchise, a specific story will be understandable, but it will lose half the depth and meaning, turning into just a passing fantasy.
- Well-written Jean Gray story.
- A cool cast and an impressive game of actors who dragged everything on themselves.
- Effectively set action scenes.
- Soundtrack by Hans Zimmer.
- Weak direction.
- Dull dialogues.
- Poorly written sidelines and character motivation.
- Every now and then flickering logical gaps.
- Lack of scale.
: 8 out of 10Overall rating
: 6 out of 10
- In the cinema since June 6 (world premiere - June 5, 2019)
- Year: 2019
- Country: USA
- Genre: Fiction, Action, Adventure
- Director: Simon Kinberg
- Screenplay: Simon Kinberg, John Byrne, Chris Claremont
- Producers: Simon Kinberg, Hutch Parker, Lauren Schuler Donner
- Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Holt, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Evan Peters, Cody Smith-McPhee, Jessica Chastain
- Time: 01:53
- Age: 16+