Dark Phoenix Review: X-Men: The Last Stand Redux Slightly Improves

Thursday, 06 Jun, 2019

This (impressively mounted) gamble almost kills Jean (Sophie Turner); she survives, only to discover a new, mysterious force inside her - a force that makes her a target for some body-snatching aliens.

Now that Hugh Jackman has bid adieu to Wolverine, X-Men: Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg feels that Tom Hardy or Richard Madden will be good choices to replace Jackman. Yes, it's an accident but I feel that it must happen to drive the emotional conflict between characters.

The finale of the X-Men series had its world premiere in Hollywood on Tuesday night and woke up to varying reviews. Xavier, one of the most powerful and manipulative men on the planet, has constant alone time with the President even though just a few years earlier he and his team were considered scum and potential terrorists.

The X-Men films are the very definition of diminishing returns. We don't spend much time there but there's a key sequence involving a helicopter between Erik and Jean Grey (Sophie Turner).

There's a cheesiness that Kinberg brings to his imagery that recalls the original X-Men movies, with all of their faults and strengths. "After 12 installments spread out over two decades, the X-Men franchise stumbles toward its close in Dark Phoenix". But in another sense, it's a shame, after seeing just how good they can be on their own. Now we're suddenly meant to care about them, particularly Jean Grey, over the course of this one film. Imagine that she grows fiercer and fiercer as those in her orbit-her boyfriend, her mentor-lose themselves as they fight for her spirit, fatally and detrimentally; a fight that builds to cosmic levels and has terrifying implications for the mutants known as the X-Men.

"The Dark Phoenix Saga" played out over the course of nearly 40 issues and four years of Uncanny X-Men comics. His former students - shape-changing Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), ferocious Beast (Nicholas Hoult), laser-eyed Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), telekinetic Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), teleporting Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), weather-controlling Storm (Alexandra Shipp) and guy-who-runs-fast Quicksilver (Evan Peters) - are now famous, beloved superheroes. While in space, a force engulfs Jean Grey, making her the most powerful being in the universe. The Dark Phoenix is born. 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.

Dark Phoenix is the ninth film in the series of Marvel comic book films that is the seventh highest-grossing film series ever, having grossed over $5.7 billion worldwide. This could have been fixed with a little focus on the characters' experiencing the rust of the X-Men foundation, but beyond a cardboard cutout arc of Mystique's boredom with Professor X, who in turn is grappling with being corrupted with power, there is little character development.

Dark Phoenix is set to hit theaters on June 7, 2019. The sequel for this, X-Men: Days of Future Past, tied up the old and the new franchise with interesting results, and it turned out to be the biggest success story for the main canon.