Feature Name: X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Directed By: Simon Kinberg
Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Jessica Chastain
Run Time: 114 minutes
X-Men: Dark Phoenix — the seventh and final installment in the main X-Men series — fails to live up to the level of the earlier films. It follows the life of Jean Grey, a powerful mutant who absorbs a mysterious cosmic force during a space recovery mission. This force amplifying her powers to unimaginable levels and causing her to lose control, unleashing the Dark Phoenix. What happens because of it is what the film is all about.
Dark Phoenix focuses on how powerful Jean is and how she can destroy the world. Alas, the execution doesn’t live up to the standards of the previous film and the consequences of her actions don’t seem dire.
Sophie as the Dark Phoenix is one of the high points of the films. She beautifully conveys the vulnerable aspects of Jean and the powerful persona of the Dark Phoenix. The film also focuses on how Xavier’s ‘for the greater good’ has an effect on the life of Jean. All mutants — thought they have less screen time — deliver good performances.
The low point of the film is that the script of Dark Phoenix is neither exciting nor new. The film is pretty predictable. The action is not out of the box with some scenes seeming rushed. A weak screenplay and script with some clunky dialogue weigh down the characters and makes the film a bit of a bore.
We give X-Men: Dark Phoenix 2.5 stars.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix releases in India and the UK today, June 5, in Australia on June 6 and in the US on June 7.