Director : Simon Kinberg
Main Cast : James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, and Jessica Chastain
Genre : Sci-Fi/Adventure
Release Date : June 7, 2019 (Nigeria)
Awesome-o-Metre : 5.0/10
Revue of X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX
X-Men: Dark Phoenix tells us the story of Jean Grey who, during a life-threatening rescue mission in space, is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all. Unable to control her excessive powers, Jean spirals out of control endangering humans and mutants.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is the twelfth installment in the X-Men film series and even though I cannot claim to fully understand the X-MEN timelines, this installment seems to be a sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse. It was one of the most anticipated in the series because it’s supposed to be the last in the X-men series and depicts one of the most iconic happening events in the X-men comics – the metamorphosis of Jean Grey to the Dark Phoenix. However, the high expectation of this final installment has led to negative reviews in the first week of release with critics especially faulting the plot of the film that it wasn’t true to the comics (The Dark Phoenix Saga).
The critics are right to complain that X-Men: Dark Phoenix doesn’t stay true to the X-Men: Dark Phoenix saga, but who are we kidding? There is no way the iconic comic can be accurately adapted to the big screen without variations. However, I feel that the core of the film did pay homage to its source material and the producers are allowed a creative license to make some changes to suit the cinema screens and allow for dramatic effects. In fact let’s not lie, how many people have actually even read the comics? Those people are in the minority, so the majority of the audiences should get a kick out of this film.
Also, I don’t completely agree with the people who say that X-Men: Dark Phoenix is boring because it isn’t. There were a good number of scenes with great action sequences and fight scenes and the CGI wasn’t half bad either. The action sequences gave us a glimpse into the immense power contained in the dark Phoenix and even Magneto (Fassbender) showed us why he is such an iconic character. Admittedly though, Charles Xavier (who is also a fantastic character) almost bored us to death with his morality speeches. LOL.
Talking about morality, Prof, Charles Xavier had his own moment where his motives questioned. Apparently, the Xavier had blocked out some of Jean Grey’s past from her memory to protect her, but is he really protecting her by telling her lies? I believe the truth, no matter how painful must be presented to the party that it affects so they make their own decisions.
However, Xmen did have an uneven feel that sometimes it felt like you were watching different films running at the same time. I think this may have been caused by defective writing and directing with the producers trying to stay true to the source material and at the same time trying to end the installment with a huge crescendo. There was this scene where Raven where suggested that the X-men be dubbed the X-Women for the amount of work they bring to the team, though this was a serious attempt at driving the feminists narrative, it inadvertently turned into a comical spectacle and a huge miss by the producers. These king of scenes gave the film an uneven feel which diminished the entertainment value of the film.
While watching X-Men: Dark Phoenix I felt nostalgic as it was obvious that just like Logan, I was witnessing the exit of the last of the old team of X-men. This feeling of nostalgia then gave way to that of unease because I am uncertain of this new crop of mutants can have the charisma to fit into the big shoes of the first class. However, with Fox handing over this franchise, I am sure we will see a new direction to the X-men and who knows, the foul-mouthed Deadpool may just drop into this franchise.
When seeing X-Men: Dark Phoenix please look out for Hans Zimmer’s score called relentless. That score is just a work of art that had to stay til the credits finished rolling so I could enjoy it.
I want to tell you to ignore the critics and go see X-Men: Dark Phoenix for yourself and I assure you that it isn’t as bad as they are making it out to be, Even though it isn’t the best of the series, but it surely isn’t the worst. When you do get to see X-Men: Dark Phoenix, please let me know what you think in the comment section below or on my Twitter or Facebook.