I just saw Dark Phoenix over the weekend, and so this post will be my review of the film.
Now I understand why some are saying critics are being too hard on the film: I've loved the X-Men films for as long as I've seen them, though I'm a casual X-Men fan. However, I'm sad to say that Dark Phoenix is not just the worst X-Men made (by a massive margin), but tied with Justice League as the worst CBM I've ever seen.
The film is fundamentally inoperable on just the basic filmmaking level, you can tell this is Kinberg's first film in the worst way: the cinematography is bland, set design doesn't take advantage of its budget, and no cap: the pacing in this film is atrocious. Everything moves too fast to really register, and yet it feels like the film drags.
The acting is average: Sophie Turner does a good job showing the effects on the Phoenix on one's personality, although there's no build up to these changes. Sadly, Turner does the best job of all the cast: not a single cast member of the main X-cast is worth saying anything about, with the exception of Tye Sheridan: a talented actor and good fit for Cyclops who's given a particularly bad line. Jessica Chastain, who plays the alien Vuk, honestly seems like she was given no direction from Kinberg or the script.
While seemingly fine on paper, the plot doesn't work. For one, the introduction of aliens into the series feels somewhat contrived, especially considering how not a single film in either timeline has even hinted at them. Magneto's role on Genosha, while a great concept for its own film and a great progression for his character, is shoehorned in and has no role. Xavier taking on a more arrogant role is nice, but the film actually makes him out to be incompetent. Mystique's character contradicts where she ended in Apocalypse, Beast comes off as extremely whiney, and even Vuk's backstory seems like a last minute draft revision.
All in all, this is a pretty bad film. While the 3rd act has great action, it's not enough to make up for everything above. It's sad to see the series end like this.
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