Dark Phoenix (2019) is the final film in the Fox X-Men franchise that has been going on for the past twenty years. Writer of Days of Future Past and Apocalypse, Simon Kinberg, has come back to write but to also have his directorial debut for this closing chapter. This film stars Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, the main focus of this film and this particular story line that has previously been covered in X3: The Last Stand. This film also stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence as they try to help Jean Grey when she finally discovers her full potential, yet loses who she is within that power.
I have to give it to the actors, who do a good job with the material that they were given. Whilst I do not think Sophie Turner gives a Game of Thrones level of performance, she still shows an array of emotion and I believe her in the role. Fassbender and McAvoy remain the standouts throughout the recent era of X-Men, even if I do not like what their characters were doing in terms of the story. The performances overall are solid and I can tell that the actors wanted to give their all and try to finish this franchise off on a good note.
I actually had hope that this would be a relatively good time at the cinema just by the opening scene, which is strong both narratively and visually. I felt a lot of emotion from that initial scene and the concept was strong and captivating. I knew that everything was not as it seemed, but this opening scene confirmed to me that there was some strong ideas that the script had, even before it was reshot and edited later on. Some of the fight scenes and emotional punches worked, particularly in the last major fight scene. This film did have some promise to it.
However, as many people have pointed out, there are simply too many problems with the film overall. The script was changed completely in the last two acts due to major similarities with Captain Marvel, and that is completely obvious. It wouldn’t shock me if the villains were meant to be Skrulls, because they have no name in this film. There is no wonder that the team told Jessica Chastain that she could not say her character’s name, because she basically did not have one. This was such a waste of potential and felt rushed and completely forgetful.
Have you seen Dark Phoenix yet? Did you think it was as bad as many people are saying, or do you think I’m being a bit harsh? Let me know in the comments below.