Dark Phoenix movie review starring Sophie Turner

Oscar Cross
June 8, 2019

The newly-released X-Men film notoriously underwent lengthy reshoots that drastically changed the movie's climax.

Unfortunately, all of these critiques apply to Dark Phoenix as well, which spends a considerable amount of time stumbling around aimlessly as we're presented with middling action sequences and melodramatic exchanges that lack genuine emotional substance. Dark Phoenix was the last big X-Men movie to start production before the sale of 20th Century Fox (who licensed the characters from Marvel) to Disney (who now owns Marvel).

In spite of what Scott Summers believes, Jean Grey doesn't die at the end of Dark Phoenix. During the fight, the army intervenes, capturing every X-Man involved along with Jean herself with power neutralizing collars.

How bad is Dark Phoenix?

I wish that the X-Men movies had been this bold with their other choices throughout the series. This effort is complicated by tensions between X-Men founder/leader Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), right-hand man Beast (Nicholas Hoult) and conflicted veteran Raven (Jennifer Lawrence), not to mention the addition of exiled "bad guy" mutant Magneto (Michael Fassbender), who leaves his island hippie commune thanks to some motivations that would constitute a little too much of a spoiler here.

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The Phoenix itself would be to Dark Phoenix what the complete Infinity Gauntlet was to Infinity War and Endgame, if the movie had any idea of how it was supposed to motivate the people fighting over it. As the titular Dark Phoenix, Sophie Turner does a good job of conveying the flurry of emotions that would come with the situation that's presented to her but it's just one of many examples where the actors do their best to try to overcome the glaring oversights in the script and overall presentation. Here was something we'd always envisioned and hoped for, but had never really seen outside of a few mediocre Superman movies and two decent Batman flicks. 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. But even the spinoff movies are plainly referential to each other, and make the series as a whole more eclectic. Either way, it's the end of Fox's X-Men franchise as we know it, now that Fox has been bought by Disney and the X-Men are likely to be folded into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He also wanted the movie to be about Jean's evolution only.

Now that Game of Thrones has seen its final days, Sophie Turner is starting to get more into her career as a film actress. Dazzler can be a silly character, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy it. If you want to say a proper goodbye to this series of "X-Men" movies, you're better off spending your time on "Logan" again than "Dark Phoenix" for the first time.

Dark Phoenix opens on June 7.

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