Updated: Aug 31, 2019
The grand finale of the X-Men Franchise goes out with a bang when Jean Grey, an Omega Level Mutant becomes infused the the cosmic Phoenix Force and wrecks havoc across the globe to end the X-Men as we know it.
I haven’t been a fan of these X-Men films and I was anticipating this one to be sub par considering the last one, X-Men: Apocalypse being that. But this was an absolute train-wrecked of a movie. So many things wrong with it in the cast, script, SFX, comic book accuracy, and the fact that the entire 3rd act of this film was reshot due to it being “to close to another super hero movie that we released recently.” I’m already gonna call it, it was Captain Marvel.
Director Simon Kinberg made what can only be described as terrible. Kinberg came on board this project after Director Brian Singer, who created 4 of the previous X-Men films, was removed due to multiple sexual assault allegations. The cast, all talented actors had so little to work with and had a terrible script that downplayed their performances to the max. Sophie Turner, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender. The list goes on.
One of the big hit or misses in these “Super Hero Movies” is the Special Effects. If it doesn't look good or comic book accurate, it doesn’t work. In this film, it doesn’t work. The Dark Phoenix in comics is a bright flame emitting off of Jean Grey. In this film, a weird, glowing, cracked skin. Their reasoning, “It would look to close to another Super Hero Movie released recently.” Again, probably Captain Marvel. Another thing to add, when a plane flew by trees, the trees never moved. Simple things were ignored.
The villain is another thing that this movie had wrong from the get go. Actress Jessica Chastain said that during reshoots, she had no idea what and who he character was. The script was changed as well as the characters motivation. Her character was a shape-shifting alien that was trying to get the Phoenix Force from Jean Grey to recreate Earth into a new planet for her alien species. Again, same as Captain Marvel.
This film failed at the one thing that a movie is supposed to do. Entertain. The characters fail to be the two things every character is supposed to be. Relatable and Interesting. Every movie is supposed to have a three act structure, this one had no idea what its 3rd act was gonna be until a few months before the films release. All in all, if a movie fails to meet that quota, it isn’t good. If you don’t get what I’m saying, don’t go see it.
I’ll give X-Men: Dark Phoenix a 0/5.