I’ve really enjoyed this new reboot of X-Men movies and I was looking forward to see the Dark Phoenix story unfold on the screen. Read my review of X-Men : Apocalypse five years ago here. But I didn’t enjoy this as much as I wanted to, the epic story of the Dark Phoenix falls flat and it’s not the finale that these movies deserve.
The entire film handles less like the epic and emotional conclusion it was advertised as, and more like an obligation to fulfill. The story is a boring, re-hash of various beats from past entries. Things are fairly predictable, almost laughably so. The story doesn’t seem to evolve after the first 20 minutes and there’s barely any intrigue and suspense to be found at all. Aside from this, the movie feels uninspired. The action sequences feel flat and there are no major moments that stick in your mind. It is quite run of the mill.
While Apocalypse was an okay movie, Dark Phoenix somehow results in a worse film than before.
That’s a little disappointing given how this is the last Fox X-Men film before it gets rebooted as part of the MCU. It’s a pretty poor send off. It’s as if they made the film only for it to be forgotten.
During a rescue mission in space, Jean Grey is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite — not only to save Jean’s soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.
screenplay by Simon Kinberg
based on the comic storyline “The Dark Phoenix Saga” by John Byrne, Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum
based on characters by Jack Kirby, Stan Lee
- Sophie Turner as Jean Grey / Dark Phoenix
- Summer Fontana as Young Jean Grey
- James McAvoy as Charles Xavier / Professor X
- Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto
- Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkhölme / Mystique
- Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy / Beast
- Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers / Cyclops
- Alexandra Shipp as Ororo Munroe / Storm
- Kodi Smit-McPhee as Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler
- Evan Peters as Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver
- Jessica Chastain as Vuk
- Kota Eberhardt as Selene
- Andrew Stehlin as Red Lotus
- Brian d’Arcy James as President of the United States
- Lamar Johnson as Match
- Halston Sage as Dazzler
- The X-Men Title as not appearing
Rotten Tomatoes: 23%
After Credits Scene? No