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X-Men: Dark Phoenix Film Review (2019) – The Dark Finale

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(This is X-Men: Dark Phoenix film review, which is the last installation to the Fox’s X-Men series)

X-Men sure has come a long way when the first instalment was released in 2000, that was 19 years ago! And Dark Phoenix is the 12th and also the final movie in this series which is produced by 20th Century Fox, since the whole franchise has been bought back by Marvel and Disney earlier this year.

Take note that the characters and cast are from the X-Men First Class, and thus you will not see older actors from the first three instalments of the series. It is directed by Simon Kinberg and stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, and Jessica Chastain.

Without further ado, let’s delve into the review for the final film in X-Men: Dark Phoenix film review below!

 

Premise

The X-Men are sent to space to rescue a spaceship that goes haywire due to an unknown solar flare. Things start to go awry until Jean Grey absorbs the solar flare unwillingly and they return back to Earth. However, she soon realises that her power is getting uncontrollable and is starting to hurt the people around her. At the same time, an unknown alien species plans to take Jean’s power for themselves. What could the X-Men do to save her and the world?

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The real concern is her…

 

X-Men: Dark Phoenix Film Review

Premise

The film does not really continue off straight from the previous film, Apocalypse, but rather 9 years after that event. We are introduced to Jean Grey’s childhood and the story mostly focuses on her finding out about her past and trying to control her power.

It feels like the story kills her just to induce some emotion

To be fair, it follows the common superhero story with some slight twist. We are shown the reason why Jean is protected by Xavier through his power, and she has the reason to be angry. However, the premise fails to give a more prominent reason for her anger. Straight off, the premise just goes its way to achieve one goal: to end the story of the past 20 years instalments.

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Onto space!

 

We can see how the film just kills off one of our favourite characters in a very anti-climatic way. Unlike Black Widow which dies through a noble sacrifice, the Raven part is a bit sudden and not dramatic at all. It feels like the story kills her just to induce some emotion. The same goes to the ending which is so cliché and anti-climatic as well. I actually walked out feeling some parts are rushed and not as fun to watch. as compared to X-Men First Class, Logan or even the Apocalypse.

 

Pacing

Pacing is just alright, but very monotonous. So we are shown some quiet, emotional and fighting moments, but things just felt stale. There are no standards of Infinity War where things move fast with interesting premise or some parts are dramatic enough to catch your attention. Here, the pacing is to make the film ends on a not so rushed, yet not so slow style, without any big changes in between to lit it up.

 

Characters

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Madness!

 

Oh boy, normally the characters take the centre stage in the X-Men series, and this film somehow still retains that factor. However, the characters now seem to feel weak in developments and character growth. Starting off from Jean Grey, she gains a new power but her character becomes unstable. She just suddenly attacks people for no reason, and the changes is too drastic.

She is basically killing off people because she can’t control it, but yet some scenes show that she enjoys it? Dunno man, but her portrayal here is weird. As for the rest of the characters such as Professor Xavier, the film tries to show a different part of him, especially when dealing with the humans and governments. But he doesn’t really do much in this film other than the use of his power.

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Not as charming anymore eh

 

I don’t feel his badassness and personality as compared to the First Class or Apocalypse. Same goes to Storm, Cyclop and Quicksilver, all of them are underplayed, especially Quicksilver. At least Beast gets some screentime and Magneto appears too. But Magneto changes his mind a bit too fast, even though knowing his personality, he should have gone for the kill.

Lastly, the antagonist is weak. Not in strength, but in portrayal. We are shown that they suffer from the Phoenix due to it destroying their hometown. But now they become full bad guys and kill people for no reason other than to blend in to steal back the power from Jean Grey. There are no cool scenes of the bad guy with real motive behind their actions.

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Quite a weak antagonist, probably one of the weakest I have ever seen

 

Soundtrack

The soundtrack is just decent and will not help the film at all. It follows the traditional superhero style of music which induces tension but that’s it. Without a good premise or characters, the soundtrack itself will not help to save a bad film.

 

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix Film Review (2019) – The Dark Finale
Story
Pacing
Characters
Soundtrack
Reader Rating0 Votes0
What's good
Special Effects
Some cool X-Men fighting moments in train
What's bad
Weak antagonists
Pacing is monotonous
Jean Grey change too drastically
Other characters have no character growth or development
Raven died just like that
3.4
It's Okay!
A not so fitting conclusion to the past 20 years series!
Dark Phoenix is dark indeed, and by that I mean disappointment. It could have been a much better film to end off the series, but it ultimately falls into a chaos caused not by the solar flare itself.
[X-Men: Dark Phoenix film review score table]

 

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Anthony L Tjandra
An everyday guy who is the founder of Controller Companies. He started it when he was frustrated to find that the stuff he bought had no reviews available online. Thus, this website is created with the sole purpose of reviewing stuff that he has seen, bought, used or enjoyed! Now, he is probably doing another review while you are reading this.
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