Tonight went movie see watching X-Men: Dark Phoenix and I will say I had mixed feelings about this film. The movie definitely had potential but it was too rushed and I feel it’s due to the Disney-Fox merger. This storyline should’ve been split to 2 parts first being The Phoenix Force and the Dark Phoenix. To me watching this movie felt like Simon Kinberg wanting to meet his deadline and not putting enough focus on fleshing out the character story arc. The opening sequence with Young Jean Grey felt like the opening sequence of Shazam with young Thaddeus Sivana. I will say that they stayed true to the comics with the Phoenix Force keeping a watchful eye on Jean Grey and realizing she is the chosen one. The effects with the Phoenix Force engulfing Jean Grey was captured beautifully as well the 3rd act of the action sequence with Jean Grey/Phoenix Force going all out destroying all the D’Bari species looked really good. The visual spectacle definitely this movie had and they paid it off really well. My only disappointment was no character development, the constant shifting of the characters loyalties for example with Beast didn’t feel right. Same goes with Magneto where he wants to kill Jean Grey but then has a change of heart. No explanation as to why he changed his mind. I really wished they focused on the Phoenix Force entity like X-Men the Animated series did that Larry F. Houston and Eric Lewald created during the early 90’s. You had 2 arcs one being the Phoenix Force and the other being Dark Phoenix Saga. You get to see the cosmic side of the Universe and Simon Kinberg could have used those 2 storylines as references by taking certain key elements and could have done a 2 part storyline with one coming out previous year and the final part coming out this year. I think X-Men Dark Phoenix could have been a “Contest of Champions” storyline like they did in X-Men: TAS where the Shi’ar lead by Lilandra believes that the entity that’s taken over Jean Grey is a threat to the Galaxy and she needs to be destroyed. They issue a challenge to the X-Men saying if you want to save Jean you need to defeat the Shi’ar honor guards lead by Gladiator. To me this would have been a compelling story and for me in this film they corners left and right and made the ending just abruptly.
I went into this film with negative zero expectations, and maybe that Hopefully help DARK PHOENIX surprised me. It’s much more grounded, somber, and atmospheric than any previous X-film (besides LOGAN). There’s an intimacy to this film that made it feel small but not in a bad way, at least for me.
Hans Zimmer’s distinctive score absolutely enhanced the experience. He gives the film a heightened sense of foreboding tension. I loved Charles Xavier’s arc. The way he had to contend with his own hubris felt very fitting. I haven’t gotten that emotional during these movies, besides LOGAN. Mystique’s death emotionally affected me in a way I hadn’t anticipated. It helped that Nicholas Hoult acted the hell out of his scenes.
Sophie Turner delivers a fantastic performance, as does the usual suspects (i.e. Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, etc). I know some people were saying THE LAST STAND was a better movie, but I can’t agree with those comments at all. That movie was all over the place. DARK PHOENIX was far more consistent tonally. To me, the film is far from perfect. While Jessica Chastain does a great job with the material she’s given, she’s not given much.
Even with those flaws, I would hardly call DARK PHOENIX one of the worst X-films ever. It’s certainly not worse than X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE or THE LAST STAND. It’s a tad underwhelming, but I loved how intimate, grounded, and tonally ambient it was. For the first time ever, mutants are accepted. It does things narratively with the franchise we haven’t seen before. Yes, the film deviates from the source material, but it also delivers on the broad strokes of THE DARK PHOENIX SAGA. It handles the material way better than THE LAST STAND.
we’ve been spoiled by the MCU, where those films are consistently grandiose, similar in tone, and very comedic. DARK PHOENIX felt like such a different movie than any other superhero film I’ve seen this year. That’s probably why I enjoyed it so much.
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