The X-Men are definitely known for their extraordinary, unique, and outstanding abilities, but X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019,) however, reminds us that no matter how strong a character can try to be, a film can have the ability fall flat on its face.
Director Simon Kinberg attempts to finish off the era of the X-Men franchise with a high, but ultimately recreates X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) while making it.. worse. Ouch. The team of mutants’ last stand is really is the last stand. There is an enormous aim to end the series with a bang, but the only bang is coming from the sound editing. There is a remarkable decline in quality traceable from X-Men: First Class (2011) to X-Men: Dark Phoenix and all character traits have slowly dwindled away until the writing is mostly composed of dry conversation, screaming matches, and “JEEEEEEEEEAN.”
It’s a shame, too, to see a concluding chapter in a series become too overeager with itself. The performances from the cast were exhausting. The cast itself seemed exhausted. James McAvoy, portraying brilliant and youthful Professor Charles Xavier, looked as if he’d too lost as much hope as his character had. Michael Fassbender’s Erik Lehnsherr, more popularly known as Magneto, had seemed to lose his bite and his stubborn ambition. A terrific, star-studded team of gifted talent has simply gone to waste in this one.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is a tired and joyless attempted feat that reminds us all that doom is impending and looms over us at all times. There’s not touch of usual uplifting messages- and fails to give us the right amount of Quicksilver charm from Evan Peters as Peter Maximoff.
Sophie Turner as Jean Grey is a simple sidepiece in her own film. Jean Grey is deemed to be one of the strongest mutants, yet it seems that her only power is to have a dry personality and a nasty attitude. A pressing fault with this installation in the X-Men Cinematic Universe is that Jean is not the focal point of her own titled movie. The Phoenix is supposed to be a bird that rises from the ashes– why were we handed an ostrich with its head in the sand?
While watching the film, everything was incredibly frustrating and predictable. X-Men: Dark Phoenix offers up an unripe villain and an ending that is just as limp and as dull as the beginning. The X-Men Universe holds such potential to be something wonderful. It has been wonderful in the past, with features such as X-Men: First Class (2011,) X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014,) and Logan (2017,) but fails to finish strong with the saga’s conclusion. One of the most eventful and noteworthy plot points in Marvel Comics history is lackluster and underwhelming.
Hans Zimmer, however, is prominent with a memorable score. Zimmer’s orchestration may be the most memorable (or only memorable) thing about the film. ‘Gaps’ fills in any gaps that sear through the plot. Besides the soundtrack and the bombastic fight scenes, not much of the substance sticks.
Fassbender, at one point, calls out that “nobody cares anymore!” Are we sure that he wasn’t cast as Xavier because he read my mind? As a self-proclaimed diehard X-Men fan and “Magneto apologist,” it was disappointing that this movie couldn’t manage to hold my attention. His exasperation is as good as mine.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix receives a score of 2/5. With the namesake of fire and destruction, the film is smothered and reduced to soot and ash. It really is sad to see something that could have been a triumph result in something sullen and carelessly completed.