Movie Review: Dark Phoenix (20th Century Fox)

The X-Men franchise will not be rising from the ashes after this film. Several years have passed since the events of Apocalypse and the X-Men are celebrated as heroes, not […]

The X-Men franchise will not be rising from the ashes after this film.

Several years have passed since the events of Apocalypse and the X-Men are celebrated as heroes, not pariahs. The year is 1992, and the Space Shuttle Endeavour is having its first launch into space. There is a system error to a solar storm in the area and the X-Men go to help the shuttle. During the course of the resume, Jean Grey is bombarded by the energy of the solar flare. Miraculous she survives, but her powers have increased to a God-like level. Jean is conflicted by her emotions and gets very erratic. The problem is, when she gets erratic, people get hurt. The X-Men want to help Jean, but at the same time, there is another party that is after Jean’s new powers. Can the X-Men save Jean or will they have to sacrifice Jean in order to save the world?

Dark Phoenix marks the end of the X-Men franchise at 20th Century Fox (not counting the New Mutants movie) and quite honestly, it’s a huge disappointment. I can’t say I was really expecting much, but this was plain old bad. 

As someone with a huge knowledge of comics, the Dark Phoenix saga was, and still is, one of the best X-Men stories out there and one I can read again and again. It is a complex storyline and given how the film was only 1 hour and 53 mins, it’s almost impossible to tell that story in such little time. I fully understand that this is an adaptation, but this story needs to be built up slowly, possibly with 2 separate films. 

While watching the film, during times of tension, the audience was just laughing because it was so bad. It was a combination of bad writing, bad acting, and of course bad directing. The action wasn’t that much impressive either.

The biggest problem is now, Marvel Studios currently has no plans for any X-Men films. This is a franchise the fans have been screaming to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe for years, and now that the Disney finally has the movie rights they are doing nothing. But that’s status quo for Disney if you look at some of their history. Personally, I’d be fast-tracking a new X-Men film instead of doing an Eternal film, but that’s me. 

Dark Phoenix is something you can wait until it comes home to see it. I really don’t see a point in spending theater prices on it.

The X-Men really deserved a better good-bye and they didn’t get it. Now let’s look to the future.

Dark Phoenix opens Friday, June 7th.

Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

About Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

An avid comic collector/reader for over 40 years and self-proclaimed professor of comicology, Brian original started up the site Pendragon's Post to share his voice. Well that voice has been shared, and evolved into The Fanboy Factor. Brian is an advocate for remembering comic roots, and that we don't forget what was created in the past, and encourage everyone to read it as well. When not swimming in geek culture, he can be seen corrupting..introducing his young son to comics, much to his wife's chagrin.