‘Dark Phoenix’ Is A Lousy End To The X-Men Franchise

You're SOL in Dark Phoenix if you don't, and maybe even if you do - there are at least a few details that I'm fairly sure make no sense no matter how well you've memorized the timeline.

MERCURY: Do you remember how you came up with the idea for the "Dark Phoenix Saga"?

The film's writer and director Simon Kinberg was already well-versed in the storyline and the controversy, since he co-wrote the screenplay for "The Last Stand".

Dark Phoenix is now the lowest ranked of all X-Men movies on Rotten Tomatoes.

But critics have been lukewarm about the new film, which unusually was released in certain territories before the journalists were allowed to file their reviews. On Metacritic the superhero blockbuster has a weighted average score of 44 out of 100, indicating "mixed or average reviews".

The first X-Men, way back in 2000, deserves more credit (or blame, depending on your point of view) for ushering in the superhero-infested theatrical waters we now live in. Why this? Why now? There's something up with Jean, and things are about to grow steadily out of control as her new, terrifying powers mount. Apart from Turner, the movie sees James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Jessica Chastain, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Nicholas Hoult and Evan Peters.

Turner, the star behind the mutant Jean Grey who undergoes a terrifying transformation into her sinister alter-ego the Dark Phoenix, and Chastain, who plays the alien who manipulates Jean's dark side, recently got to talking with Screen Rant about the numerous rewrites of Dark Phoenix. Still, Dark Phoenix is not as much trainwreck as it is a slow-moving vehicle collision that ends up screeching to a halt right before it scratches the bumper in front of it.

But not all critics were wholly negative.

Sadly, everything about Dark Phoenix just feels unnecessary - and it shows in the performances, as everyone just seems to be going through the motions, wondering how on Earth their contracts aren't up yet.

Somewhere along the way, Dark Phoenix loses sight of what it was trying to say about female anger or male arrogance. With the Disney-Fox merger, we should expect another reboot soon, and hopefully we get more Logans instead of this numbing disaster.

Sophie Turner plays the three shades of Grey that Jean's given here - scared, sobbing, and seething - as best she can, but the script blazes through her tragic arc, never quite finding a personality for her in order to let an audience truly connect with Jean on an emotional level.

The X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world.

However, Express.co.uk gave the film four stars and said: "X-Men Dark Phoenix manages to capture a completely different tone to the Marvel Cinematic Universe's boisterous humour, one that is serious, character-driven and tragic without being boring or pretentious". But don't get your hopes up of seeing the likes of Wolverine, Cyclops and Storm onscreen with Spider-Man, Black Panther and Thor anytime soon.

He powers threaten the universe itself, leaving her fellow X-Men with a devastating choice to make. President Kevin Feige has, however, said that this isn't part of the next five-year plan for the studio.

You can't keep a good X-Men down. or a bad one, really; 12 films into a almost two-decade-old franchise, Dark Phoenix rises from the ashes of 2016's silly, bloated X-Men: Apocalypse - not a free bird, exactly, but better than what came before. That they're all back. She added, "There was rewriting being done all the time".

  • Salvatore Jensen