(This review may contain spoilers).
I haven’t read many of the comics, but I am aware of the fact that the Dark Phoenix storyline was changed from the original incarnation. However, the films have already changed a lot… enough that I would personally consider them to be an entirely different canon to the comics. I did find the Dark Phoenix arc to be fairly interesting in this movie… but I’m sure it would be just as entertaining in the comics.
Since I’ve had the opportunity to read quite a few of the comics, I recognised some of the alternate versions of the characters… such as Warren (and I think there were some really cool effects where he was concerned).
I had a lot of sympathy for both Scott and Logan in this movie, after what had happened to Jean. It was really cool to see the danger room and them training to work together as a team. It was nice to see some of the characters I recognised from the previous two films… though the character of Kitty seems to have changed actresses in each movie so far.
I thought it was good to see the scene prior to the start of the films, where Charles and Eric meet Jean as a child. I felt it did a good job of setting up for the events of the movie later, since it certainly left me with questions.
The idea of a ‘cure’ is one that I think would be a really tough choice to make. I didn’t like the fact that people were trying to force said cure… but I could understand why someone like Rogue would be desperate for the chance to be able to touch someone without causing them pain. I thought there was a really sweet scene between her and Logan later on.
There were quite a few intense scenes in this film and I couldn’t help feeling some sympathy for Mystique, even if she was kind of psychotic. There were some very cool fight scenes and it was good to see even the characters whose powers weren’t necessarily offensive know how to utilise them during battle.
I was disappointed not to see Kurt again in this movie, but I thought Beast was a cool character. I also felt that Professor Xavier came across as more well-rounded in this movie, too.
This isn’t true to the comics, by any means… but if you can view it as an alternate storyline/parallel universe, I think it’s a fairly good movie with characters I did care about.