Dark Phoenix (2019) – Movie Review

Dark Phoenix is the action-adventure superhero film written and directed by Simon Kinberg. The film is based on the Marvel Comics X-Men characters. The film is a direct sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), and the seventh and final installment in the series of X-Men films.

Dark Phoenix is the new adaptation of “The Dark Phoenix Saga”, and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) was the previous attempt of the similar story, which was not well received by fans. The film tries to retell the story of Phoenix force aka Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) with some new elements and with the whole new cast of X-Men.

The film sets in 1992, the X-Men are trying to save the astronauts from the stranded space shuttle which is damaged by the unidentified cosmic force. During this dangerous space mission, X-Men heroically saves the day, but accidentally Jean gets struck by that cosmic force. Jean survives the event, and resultantly her psychic powers get amplified greatly. It also destroys the mental block placed by Xavier (James McAvoy) in Jean’s mind for saving her from her disturbing past events. This all-powerful force and the flood of negative thoughts makes her mentally unstable and in the process, she loses control of her powers, which results in the series deadly events for the X-Men as well as for the humans. Now, the X-Men must have to choose if the life of their own is worth more than all living beings.

The film’s plot is pretty flat, so there is no excitement factor in it, only promising factor was the climax of the film, which could have been made better, but it also disappoints miserably. There is no depth to the plot and the emotions of the characters, so it doesn’t really make sense to the things they do in the film. And it also prevents the audience to get connected to these loved X-Men characters. The only enjoyable part of the film is it’s really well-shot action sequences and stunning visual effects. The technological advancements in the movie-making and the efforts they’ve put in can be seen, but as I said earlier in the Godzilla’s movie review, visual effects cannot substitute for a good story, no matter how good they are.

Verdict : A disappointing closure to the Fox’s X-Men series.

Rating : 2.8/5

Check the trailer here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azvR__GRQic

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