Review: Dark Phoenix
It was a lazy Sunday evening and just the right amount of action to low brain processing power that I needed. I'm not selling this as a masterpiece but rather a piece of entertainment that exceeds the low expectations set by major reviewers.
I have enjoyed almost every film in the X-Men franchise ranging from the original in 2000 through to the most recent, Dark Phoenix here in 2019. I’ll readily admit that as a franchise it hasn’t been the strongest and when you consider the likes of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, you’d wonder how anything could bounce back.
Before I get in to the review I’d like to say that I did enjoy this film. It was a lazy Sunday evening and just the right amount of action to low brain processing power that I needed. I’m not selling this as a masterpiece but rather a piece of entertainment that exceeds the low expectations set by major reviewers.
From what I understand, Dark Phoenix is an end point for this franchise so should have rounded everything off nicely…
I spent last night thinking about this review and struggled to really find a stance that I would be happy to stand behind. At many points the acting feels very ‘phoned in’ with many coming across as nonchalant or bored, something I hadn’t expected after the previous three films; what became obvious was the actors weren’t to blame. The script and direction they were provided was lacking with the turn of the show (Sophie Turner – Jean Grey) taking front of house and everyone else being left behind.
We get some fantastic special effects with the fourth outing of what I call the Young X-Men but nothing more than you would expect of a current Holywood hit. Fight scenes are well choreographed but again, they all felt lacking in comparison to previous attempts; where was the unity of the X-Men in the final fight for example?
Ok, so that final point might have been a tad unfair seeing we had just seen an immense fight scene take place on a train BUT, previous X-Men films almost always ended with a grand fight showing the closeness of the team and the desire for everyone to conquer evil. Instead we’re left with a brief 5 minute fight where a massively over powered Jean annihilates and Alien Invasion on her own.
Kurt aka Nightcrawler was an anomaly in this film. Although used in various films for his teleportation ability, this is the first time we really see him fight in a way you would expect his character to. Yes, you have to wait til the end of the film to witness this but when you do, it’s pretty damn awesome.
Fassbender lends his acting prowess to Magneto once more and does not disappoint, his conveyance of Eric from the beginning of this Quadrilogy has been exemplary. I’m loving the name of Fass-neto being bandied around!
Has Sophie Turner been unfairly savaged by multiple reviews for her portrayal of the Dark Phoenix? No, her acting is no where near flawless but as mentioned above – the script and direction felt very lacking in this outing. Being the ‘main’ character of this film should have seen a strong script and pressure piled on by the Director to make this all powerful mutant really stand out, instead we’re left underwhelmed in the same manner of Famke Janssen (Also Jean Grey in the original trilogy) in X2.