X-Men: Dark Phoenix was the final installment in the X-Men franchise before Disney would get its Mickey Mouse paws on these characters and stories and while it was received with scathing reviews I happen to enjoy the film. But there is a problem. A problem that I find is a common theme when it comes to these superhero movies.
In Avengers: Endgame Black Widow, a character fans had grown to love over the years, was killed, ceremoniously, but killed nonetheless without given any chance to truly shine. We saw her cry, we saw her sacrifice herself, but she was never able to kick butt in any awesome action scenes and she wasn’t around during the final battle against Thanos, which only felt even more gutwrenching as the women in Marvel assembled for a powerful charge against Thanos’ forces in one of the best scenes in the entire MCU.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix treats its female characters with the same sad lack of awesomeness. Continue reading ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ Has One Major Problem: Its Treatment of Women
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. Continue reading What’s So Bad About ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’?
The latest X-Men movie I watched was Logan and while it was the only superhero film to get nominated for an Oscar besides visual effects and sound editing in forever (for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay) it, to me, was a somewhat boring film that took too long bringing about Wolverine’s imminent demise. I’ve recently seen X-Men: Days of Future Past and while for the most part it’s an enjoyable film it, like most X-Men movies, was a tad bit boring.
Now another installment in the X-Men franchise is set to come out next February with X-Men: Dark Phoenix. This story is focusing on Jean Grey and while I don’t know much about her character or her comic book history I do know this much, she’s finding her dark side in this film. Here’s the first official trailer for the movie.
Continue reading The Phoenix Has Arrived