X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX is released in United Kingdom theatres 5th June.
What Worked: Well, let's begin with the positive notes.
Fans of Chris Claremont and John Byrne will appreciate a beginning more inline with the Dark Phoenix comics origin story. Meanwhile the remaining team is riven over exactly how to deal with her: with Magneto (Fassbender) exiled after striking an uneasy peace with the US government, it's up to Hoult as the blue-furred brainy Beast to be the new intellectual foil to Xavier, and to at least raise a few interesting questions about the ego of a man who named an entire superhero team after himself.
Turner explained that she and Kinberg, who makes his feature film directorial debut with Dark Phoenix, would "sit down for two hours every day and just comb through each page of the script". Still, Dark Phoenix is not as much trainwreck as it is a slow-moving auto collision that ends up screeching to a halt right before it scratches the bumper in front of it.
The story: Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) sends the X-Men team into space to save astronauts from a craft in distress. And oddly enough, in the finale, a group rounding up the mutants to lock them up wear arm patches with the acronym "MCU". Dark Phoenix is a pretty big disappointment.More news: Marchand: Bruins 'got lucky' in Game 3 blowout of Blues
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The overall tone is just boring and melancholy. You're SOL in Dark Phoenix if you don't, and maybe even if you do - there are at least a few details that I'm fairly sure make no sense no matter how well you've memorized the timeline. As already mentioned, there's very little action and the bulk of the film is seeing your beloved characters tearing themselves apart after having achieved the peace they had been fighting for.
"Phoenix" goes off the rails in the second half when Kinberg piles fight scene atop CG-enhanced fight scene, backed by Hans Zimmer's oppressive pounding score, until the picture devolves into a chaotic mess. It's a weird mix of...well, noise, and 80's synthesizer music.
Did they have you do any comics research? They're weird shapeshifters with unclear motivations and confusing powers. However, there is absolutely no substance or creativity on this side of the story. Kinberg's dourest timeline loses most of the most charismatic characters (so no Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, no Hugh Jackman as Logan, no Josh Brolin as Cable). The film is marginally better than the previous telling of the Phoenix saga, X-Men: The Last Stand, and it's certainly better than the bloated and excessive X-Men: Apocalypse, but Dark Phoenix is still a disappointing finale for this almost 20-year-old series, as Disney assumes ownership of the X-Men characters from Fox going forward. It felt forced and very dissatisfying. Whatever this gunk is remains a fairly confusing plot point for most of the movie.
After watching this movie, Alan Cerny said to me he felt the Phoenix storyline was unadaptable.
Dominican actress Dania Ramirez captured attention as she ditched her bra on the red carpet for the Dark Phoenix premiere in Los Angeles. Seeing as how Fox had two attempts to get it right, I tend to agree with him. And for the life of me, I don't understand how this line could be put in this movie unless the filmmakers had all just kind of given up, because it's impossible not to interpret it as a kind of breaking the fourth wall meta-commentary about the proceedings held forth in front of us. As such, her return as Mystique in the new addition to the X-Men franchise was apparently reliant on specific terms. When 20th Century Fox popped the lid off the review embargo for Dark Phoenix on Wednesday, June 5, the studio simultaneously opened the floodgates for a wave of negative reactions to come crashing over the X-movie.