Dark Phoenix is now in theaters, which signals their last run as a Fox property, and that’s probably a good thing, because this movie is about as bland as it gets. Outside of some radical action set pieces, this movie fails to entertain on most levels.
You can check out my full review in video or scripted forms below.
“Hey now fans of Disney getting the rights to the X-Men, Matt Heywood here to review Dark Phoenix, or what I like to call blah with a side of fun mutant action sequences.
Dark Phoenix isn’t a great film by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s also not a complete dumpster fire as the Internet may lead you to believe, because I at least never felt like walking out. I can’t say that I ever felt that entertained, but I definitely didn’t find it to be vomit inducing like other critics and fans.
It’s just very ho-hum and uninspiring, and if you’re not a X-Men junky, certain characters and factions will make no sense to you, and are never explained to in any sort of detail that would make you care about their motivations in the narrative. You just kind of sit there and watch the plot play out knowing full well where everything is going to go, because there’s zero suspense thanks to the trailers literally telling the full story, and spoiling any of the so called big moments.
The story never sucks you into the world of its characters, because it’s missing intrigue. The plot feels weak, or as if it weren’t working with nearly 20 years of cinematic universe world building behind it. It feels disjointed from both the prequel X-Men movies and the originals, so it’s hard to really care about anything going on.
I think the cast felt the same way too, because it felt like they were all mailing their performances in outside of Sophie Turner, and that’s because she’s the clear focus of the film. Nick Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence in particular felt off, and when you couple that with the fact that they should be much older looking, shit just starts to get weird feeling.
I can say though that when the action parts kick in, things get much better in Dark Phoenix. There are multiple solid action set pieces that feature plenty of super powers being used and asses being kicked. Visually these segments are appealing, and they do help break up the rather boring main plot.
Dark Phoenix definitely doesn’t send the X-Men out in style. It’s a 6 out of 10 type of flick for sure. Not pure trash, but nothing I’d say you have to see for money.
I’m Matt Heywood signing off for EntertainmentBuddha.com, where we make you a better geek, one post at a time. “
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