If you don’t mind the constantly delayed New Mutants, with the X-Men movie Dark Phoenix, we will likely see the final film of the series before the mutant’s return after a few years or so in their parent organization, Marvel Studios. The overall quality consistently decreased over the past few versions. I was hoping for this final installment to be diminished, notably since FOX has failed massively with this material before that, with X-Men 3: The Last Stand.
To save the destroyed space shuttle crew, The X-Men are required to venture into space for the first time. They can finish their mission, but the task isn’t routine. A bizarre Nebula with high energy appears to be the cause of the accident on the shuttle, as well as attempting to control the X-Men’s spacecraft. In a desperate effort to save the ship, Jean Grey absorbs this entire cloud and then loses consciousness.
After returning home, she heals quickly from the event. However, she soon begins to alter. She is moody and has little control over her abilities, which appear to have risen dramatically. When she injures people in a rage and later reverts to an old lie Xavier told her when she was a child, she loses faith in herself and her peers and quits the X-Men seeking answers. Strangers unfamiliar with her also appear and seem to know the information Jean is taking in,, adding more confusion.
Dark Phoenix starts very well. The initial setup for Jean’s shift, the initial indications, and the minor conflicts between the characters seem logical and leave you anticipating the inevitable events to follow. However, all of it falls apart. The severity of the situation is apparent, and Jean is beginning to be a bit out of her element. This is because when they wrote the script, they had in mind a definite conclusion. The comprehensibility of the characters’ decisions is at the mercy of this aim.
Hank the Beast is not acting by his well-established character. Instead, he alters the story in the direction of this purpose. This is the case for almost all surfaces. The characters that are so well-known appear to have all their notable traits entirely out of the blue to help the plot. This isn’t just limited only to characters. The universe in which this story takes place also adheres to the story’s goal without explanation. It’s somewhat disconcerting to see what tensions between humans and mutants are dealt with amid everything that’s been happening in this universe thus far. At first, there’s a positive relationship between the two, with the president of the United States personally asking Xavier for assistance. However, after only one, for a superheroes-Auseinandersetzung, a small episode of Jean, suddenly all mutants are again on the general hit list and are hunted by the military.
To top it all off, there’s a subplot involving the non-believers who wish to exploit Jean and her powers to further their goals and want to become the main plot, but it is rather dull and irrelevant to be a part of it. It is safe to say that the script filmed here is close to failing. Like 2006’s The Last Stand that dealt with similar issues, they fail to weave the storyline of Jean Grey and the Phoenix Force, which is impressive in itself and into a cohesive, thrilling film. The only thing that keeps the movie from boring is the cast’s excellent acting performances. They do everything they can, from the often questionable tasks the script entitles the actors to perform. Remarkably, some famous actors (particularly Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender) have declared their intention to turn off the series for a while.
There’s not much exciting news to share regarding the technical aspect. Some special effects work well. However, they are clearly behind other movies despite a lengthy post-production process due to many delays. Editing, directing, and cinematography are the norm in the industry. This could be because Simon Kinberg is an absolute newcomer to the director’s chair. The only thing that can be done is to maintain the classic appeal of the show, however, without altering the formula familiar to viewers.
However, the most recent X-Men film released under the umbrella of Fox Studios fits seamlessly into the pattern of the past few years, where each film is marginally worse than the last. The script could be described as a muddled collection of barely understandable sequences that serve only an ending that doesn’t need to be given this much focus. If it weren’t for the regardless of any evidence of wear and tore, extremely motivated and efficient cast that has already won the hearts of the discerning viewer the audience, it would be easy to consider the X-Men movie Dark Phoenix a total fail. The film just scrapes over it and avoids the insanity.