- Origin: 8/25
- Story: 3/25
- Camera/SFX: 15/25
- Performance: 9/25
In DARK PHOENIX, the X-MEN face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite — not only to save Jean’s soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.
- Rated: PG-13 (Some Violence and language)
- Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama and Science Fiction
- Directed by: Simon Kinberg
- Written by: Simon Kinberg
- Release date: 7th June, 2019 (Wide)
- Length: 113 minutes
- Studio: 20th Century Fox
|James McAvoy||Professor Charles Xavier|
|Michael Fassbender||Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto|
|Nicholas Hoult||Hank McCoy/Beast|
|Sophie Turner||Jean Grey/Phoenix|
|Tye Sheridan||Scott Summers/Cyclops|
|Alexandra Shipp||Ororo Munroe/Storm|
|Evan Peters||Peter Maximoff/Quicksilver|
|Kodi Smit-McPhee||Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler|
It was good to see something slightly different from the X-Men universe’s normal story traits. It is set when the X-Men are established and have a good relationship with human kind. I wanted to see more than just the mutant and humans problem over and over again. I liked how the time laps seemed to fit well, especially when humankind has developed better weapons etc.
To be perfectly honest, this is just another film that has a few shocks and a basic story arc. Nothing really special happened and it isn’t a movie I would rewatch in a hurry. It was an okay movie for the last X-Men film in the 20th Century Fox universe. But it would never stand up against films like Avengers: Endgame. It was entertaining for short amounts of time, I wish they had done the Dark Phoenix more justice than this. I felt it lacked any character that the previous film had, characters had individuality, but in this they were all the same.
Some impressive CGI and good use of camera shots. Some scenes however felt clunky, especially some fight scenes. Nothing was constant and I just got lost in explosions after explosion. All the mutants and aliens were great, they’ve never looked better, but that just made the rest of the mistakes stick out more. Its camera work and effects was probably the best thing about it.
My favourite actors in this instalment was Evan Peters and Jennifer Laurence, sadly they both were hardly in the film. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender were good too, they’ve managed to stay true to their characters through all the films. The younger cast however just didn’t have what it was needed to stand out. Even the main character Jean Grey seemed to be pushed aside at points.