Dark Phoenix (2019)

Dark Phoenix
Director: Simon Kinberg
Writer: Simon Kinberg
Based on: The Marvel Comics series
Sequel to: X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse
Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jessica Chastain, Scott Shepherd, Ato Essandoh, Brian d’Arcy James
Seen on: 13.6.2019

It’s 1992 and mutants and humans have found a way to coexist peacefully. Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) still runs his school where he trains and educates young mutants. One of his teachers is Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) who has been at the academy since she was a child herself. She is also one of the X-Men. While on a mission, Jean gets exposed to an ancient, alien power, though, and it changes her – giving her much more power but also less control.

Dark Phoenix was preceded by a wave of bad reviews and I’m sorry to say that they were all right. It really is an abysmal film.

The film poster showing the main characters in X-suits and power stances.

I really didn’t expect much of Dark Phoenix, but it still fell short of my expectations. Especially its character work is simply bad, there is no other word for it. None of the characters here make any sense at all, their motivations unclear, their decisions incomprehensible. And while I did appreciate that the films have become progressively more pro-Magneto (Michael Fassbender), the way it is executed in that mess of characters doesn’t work in the slightest. Especially since they pulled all his teeth before letting him bite.

It’s also ridiculous that there is exactly one (1) woman who is allowed to survive this film, and zero (0) people of color. I mean, what the fuck? And on a less offensive, but still head-scratching note, I wondered what Evan Peters did because Quicksilver was basically written out of the movie and I don’t think he deserved that.

Jean (Sophie Turner) talking to Vuk (Jessica Chastain).

All of that leads to a film with no emotional draw to speak of, where all character moments fall flat on their face. This ultimately means that the film feels way longer than it is. In short, it is boring.

There is one thing that the film gets right and that’s letting Michael Fassbender wear that sweater. But other than that, the film really isn’t worth it in the slightest.

Jean (Sophie Turner) using her powers.

Summarizing: skip it. Far.

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