Both are pretty piss-poor films but if a gun was held to my head and I was forced to choose then I guess I will barely give the edge to Last Stand since I had more fun watching that than Dark Phoenix where there were parts where I did nearly fall asleep. Dark Phoenix attempts to tell the story of the source material to varying results. I feel that in some places things move too fast and not a lot of time is allowed for the viewer to properly digest the events as they occur which makes things feel rather rushed. Dark Phoenix doesn’t tell its own story organically; often times relying on contrived melodrama to hide the fact that it barley has anything going for it in terms of substance. There’s a lot of hollow speechifying about themes that it never really engages with in any meaningful manner. And it’s just hard to muster any type of empathy for this version of Jean since she was just introduced in the last film(where she wasn’t even a focus in it). The film’s biggest downfall is failing to get the audience to care about what Jean is going through Last Stand felt more like an actual film even if it was really disjointed, and uneven I still felt the characters came alive more and the spectacle was overall superior. I think the action and direction is overall superior. I have a feeling if the movie didn’t try to awkwardly sandwich the Dark Phoenix saga with Whedon’s “Cure” storyline from his Astonishing X-Men run and solely focused on telling that story then I think Last Stand would’ve ended up being much better received.