Men: Dark Phoenix Movie Review

Men: Dark Phoenix Movie Review

The film begins with a prologue showing that a young Jean Grey, whose mutant powers of telepathy and telekinesis were emerging, accidentally killed her parents in a auto crash. But it was unclear if they will return for Dark Phoenix after X-Men: Apocalypse. As Jean Grey's telekinetic power magnifies after the cosmic flare, she discovers some bitter truths about her formative years. And I was committing so fully to it that I didn't want to run the risk of pulling away from Jean by going to the well of a fan-favorite character in these movies.

The newspaper said the film "feels like the latest episode of a show you stopped following years ago, whether you sat through the recent instalments or not".

The lesser "X-Men" movies, and there have been many, have a way of dragging its best players down to a lower level of skill. The film centers on Sophie Turner's Jean Grey, whom we see first in a flashback to the day her parents died, as she fiddled with the auto radio with her mind and accidentally triggered a fatal accident. The film is the most intense and emotional X-Men movie ever made. Bharat VS Dark Phoenix: Salman Khan's Film Is Giving Distributors a Major Headache. "After 12 installments spread out over two decades, the X-Men franchise stumbles toward its close in Dark Phoenix". Yes, they all have their moments, but they're fleeting at best.

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The X-Men are fantastic characters and I can't wait for whatever Jonathan Hickman is cooking up for them at Marvel Comics, but it's hard to think of one saving grace in this film. Professor X's hubris has been the Achilles' heel of this younger incarnation, and Dark Phoenix sees him fairly demonized for his past actions (but largely for the same reasons previously explored in The Last Stand). What its early scenes do offer is an alternate history for Jean Grey (once played by Famke Janssen, now by Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner). During a life-threatening rescue mission in space, Jean is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all.

It's a shame, because on paper, Dark Phoenix is doing all the right things. Their leader, Vuk, played by Jessica Chastain as if she had no pigment in her skin or hair, goes Palpatine on Jean, trying to talk her over to the dark side. It will be all about how Jean lets her inner demons take her onto the path of destruction. Still, Dark Phoenix is not as much trainwreck as it is a slow-moving auto collision that ends up screeching to a halt right before it scratches the bumper in front of it. But unlike Deadpool, Thor: Ragnarok, or Captain Marvel, Phoenix doesn't seem to have much interest in tweaking the tropes of the genre; though the film is largely set in 1992, there are no winky nods to Sir Mix-A-Lot or scrunchies or Crystal Pepsi. "It is the culmination of 20 years of X-Men movies, as the family of mutants that we've come to know and love must face their most devastating enemy yet - one of their own". 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.