According to the critics on Rotten Tomatoes, the latest X-Men movie “Dark Phoenix” is a bad film with a rating of only 22%. Dark Phoenix is an average action movie, not a bad one and unfortunately because it is only average, the odds are that it might reduce the chances that X-Men will continue as a movie franchise. The problem with this movie is that we have seen all of this before, there is nothing really new here. The special effects are good not great and the story is boring in too many areas to make it something unforgettable, that for any super-hero movie in recent years is a rare event anyway.

Dark Phoenix, like all the X-Men movies has many known actors, including James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Sophie Turner and Jessica Chastain. Unfortunately for all movies like this, throwing a large number of famous people at an average or bad script and you still have an average or bad script. It will always be story first, then script, then many re-writes. Nothing is easy when producing a great movie.

I give Dark Phoenix about a 50% rating and only a very marginal recommendation for the biggest X-Men fans.