I walked into this movie expecting it to be trash. A lot of reviews have come out trashing this film. While this film isn’t a masterpiece, I still had a fun time with it. If I could criticize anything, it would be the fast pace the film goes through which skips over a lot of details that would have helped flesh the film out a little.
Dark Phoenix is the latest movie in the X-Men franchise. It takes place in 1992. The X-Men have become superheroes well known to the public. Friendly relations have been established between mutant kind and the American government and there is a general peace. On one of their superhero missions to space, an alien entity enters and possesses Jean Grey, causing her to become violent and lash out. The danger she represents threatens the fragile peace between mutants and humans. The X-Men must now seek to either cure her or neutralize her before she threatens all life on the planet.
There’s a lot of plot here that get rushed through. I feel like they could have easily turned this movie into a three hour movie or into multiple movies. Instead, this movie is about an hour and forty minutes long. What you need to keep in mind is that this movie is the end of the Fox X-Men franchise. Marvel purchased the movie right and fully intend on rebooting the whole series, getting rid of all the old actors and casting a whole new bunch of actors to reprise the roles within the Marvel cinematic universe. So whatever happens here, it’s an ending whether you want one or not.
And you can feel that. This film felt like a rushed ending to this most recent series of X-Men movies. Well, Days of Future Past felt like a proper conclusion to the Bryan Singer X-Men movies. Dark Phoenix is more of an ending to the series of movies started in First Class and which have all starred McAvoy, Fassbender, Lawrence and Hoult.
In any case, I still enjoyed the movie. Dark Phoenix is a standard superhero movie with all the tropes and plot beats you’d expect. Professor X screws things up again. Magneto comes out of retirement again. A character dies early on and motivates everyone to do something. It’s predictable stuff.
The action was surprisingly entertaining. I was expecting crappier stuff. It’s fun and there is a lot of it.
Overall, I had fun with this movie. It’s a shame that the franchise ended so unceremoniously because of the Marvel-Disney, but they did the best they could given the circumstances.