Fox has finally released the fourth and last movie for their take on the X-Men franchise, ending it with one the most iconic storylines–the Dark Phoenix.
This is the story of one of the X-Men’s most beloved characters, Jean Grey. During a special mission with the X-Men team, a cosmic force hits Jean. And from there, she evolves into one of the most powerful mutants of all. The movie follows Jean Grey and her emotional journey as she tries to take control of her powers and the cosmic force that now runs through her body.
Written and directed by Simon Kinberg, this is the second time that this storyline will be played out on the big screen. The first was Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand. Compared to Ratner’s take on the story, Kinberg focuses on Jean Grey’s origin story that emphasizes on her tragic past. The film is more intense and emotional compared to the previous films in the franchise as the X-Men family unite in the culmination of the 20 years of X-Men movies.
Sophie Turner proves again to be someone to look out for in the movie industry. Her brilliant acting as Jean Grey gives justice to the character as she portrayed both Jean’s strength and vulnerable side. However, the movie still missed out on the opportunity to develop one of the greatest storylines in the X-Men Universe: Jean Grey transforming into the Dark Phoenix.
Since this is only the second time that Jean Grey appeared in the series, not much is known about her yet. Thus, the audience do not have an emotional connection to the character despite Sophie Turner’s great acting. Because of this, the audience will also not be able to experience the heart-wrenching feeling when we see Jean Grey struggle with her powers and her family as well as the sacrifices she makes.
James McAvoy’s performance is astonishing as he gives the audience an opportunity to see Professor X in a different light. He gave the character much more depth. Of course, we have to mention his chemistry to Micheal Fassbender’s Magneto as they brought the relationship of the iconic characters back to life. Even so, the characters were still underdeveloped because the pacing of the scenes was inconsistent as the the whole third act had to be re-shot. This caused the audience to not have enough time to process the important scenes and lines that the characters delivered.
Nonetheless, the movie still played out very well. It has a balance between action-filled scenes that made you hold your breath and watch out for the crucially devastating turn of events that highlight what the characters were going through.
Massive applause should be also given to the scoring and cinematography of the film. X-Men: Dark Phoenix is not the perfect superhero film, but it did the job of ending the series on a great note. It gave the audience a chance to say goodbye to the characters that they have come to know and love.
Don’t miss the chance to witness one of the strongest superheroes come to life in X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Out in cinemas now!