What’s So Bad About ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’?

Okay, before I start this review let me provide a disclaimer; I don’t know anything about the X-Men comics or the classic X-Men animated series or really anything about their characters and their storylines. The first X-Men that I watched all the way through was X-Men: Days of Future Past which my father took me to see in the movie theaters. I enjoyed it but I wasn’t ultimately enticed to see what the other movies are about. The second X-Men movie that I decided to watch with my family one night was Logan which was also pretty good but didn’t make me want to see what the other movies were about. And my third X-Men movie experience has been Dark Phoenix as of yesterday.

I vaguely know about Jean Grey’s comic book storyline as Dark Phoenix and I have a strong hunch that it was not represented properly in the film. However, as someone who isn’t an X-Men fan and is just watching the movie for the superhero action, I found this movie to be mildly enjoyable.

No, it wasn’t the best movie I’d ever seen. Nor was it as good as nearly all of Marvel Studios’ movies but it was far better than I expected after hearing the horrible reviews.

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I will say, the worst thing about the movie was Jean Grey. I’m sure Sophie Turner is a decent actress who especially manages to play a somewhat likable role on Game of Thrones but she doesn’t make a great superhero.

You can almost feel like she’s acting through all of her scenes. The emotion feels forced and clearly fake. The way she moves her arms about and pretends to levitate or throw people around feels like the director is saying behind the camera, “Throw your hand left!” She, however, is pretty much the film’s only con.

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The action was pretty riveting and there were times when, I’m a bit embarrassed to say this, but I actually got chills. The story isn’t Infinity War level of awesomeness but it’s a solid film with a slightly clunky script that seemed to force the actors to squeeze every bit of emotion they could out of the material they were given.

A couple of major characters die that I actually didn’t expect which was nice because I thought I knew who was going to die in the film. But the characters who died led me to an intriguing realization that I will share in a spoiler post tomorrow.

All in all, don’t believe the bad reviews. This movie isn’t THAT awful and there are far worse superhero movies like Daredevil and I’m sure some of those other X-Men films. I’m giving this film 88 out of 100 and 4 out of 5 stars. It wasn’t great but it wasn’t that bad either.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day.

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