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Dark Phoenix

Dark Phoenix

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Directed by : Simon Kinberg

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plot

The X-Men spring into action when a power-hungry force threatens to overtake Jean Grey's mind.

Verdict

“Dark Phoenix isn't worth anyone's time or money”

Dark Phoenix Audience Review

Dramatic and Overrated

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Long gone are the days when Hugh Jackman (Logan), Famke Janssen (Jean Grey), Rebecca Romijn (Mystique), Ian McKellen (magneto) and Patrick Stewart (Charles Xavier) aggrandized the X-Men battle field, taking long strides of camaraderie in slo-mo after their victory over the bad guys and surfing off in their space ship or what they call it the “X-Jet”.

The X-Men have been sticking around for twenty long years now. All hail to Wolverine’s time travel; our heroes switch to younger bodies in the silver screens and younger actors in real life making way for potential sequels. What genuinely concerns the audience is the chronological order in which these movies are released. Jumping back and forth from the future to the past, the traces of events from the previous movies and the flashbacks in the current ones give room for several plot holes. Which is indeed disappointing.

Among the new line up of actors, Sophie turner who plays Jean Grey gets the spotlight in Simon Kinberg’s ‘Dark Phoenix’. The story reveals the timeline of events that brought Jean Grey to the Xavier’s school for gifted youngsters. Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) uses his power to block Jean’s traumatic memory to help her live a peaceful life which further more helps her restrain her mutant powers. As time flies, Jean joins the X-Men to complete a space mission where she finds herself exposed to a cosmic flare. Jean experiences a sudden surge in her psychic powers as she absorbs the cosmic energy as a result of which she remembers her disturbing past.

Jean realises that her past was buried away by Charles and turns against him and the X-Men. Unable to control her powers, Jean runs wild on the forefront setting everything on fire, raging with anger. She is unstoppable and seeks help from Magneto (Michael Fassbender) who refuses to cure her. The story continues with an alien force descending on Earth trying to consume the human race and so on and so forth. The Lacklustre plot continues to lag with members of the X-Men turning against each other and then later on reuniting to save the earth.

With characters like Mystique, Magneto and Charles Xavier on board, a solo feature film
on Jean Grey is an uncanny move by the X-Men franchise. 20th Century Fox has never taken the effort to bring this magnificent character closer to the hearts of its viewers like they did with Wolverine. Even when Jean Grey explodes in her own mind the audience pretty much cares less. Let alone a few details about Jean Grey’s car accident back when she was eight, the die-hard fans are bombarded with X-Men family drama instead of the story of Jean. Amidst the feud, a very few scenes worth the eye candy is the helicopter showdown between Jean and Magneto and the New York subway face off which were both blood throttling.

We’ve had enough of plots that are purely crafted to compliment CGI and ‘Dark Phoenix’ is definitely one of them. Setting aside the era when story telling upheld the density of cinema, the ‘Dark Phoenix’ blandly relies on CGI to put forth emotions. What’s more interesting than the puffed up story is how mutants levitate. They just float around in air as and how they wish from one territory to another. Jean Grey flies around in lots of tears, lots of self-actualization and Sophie turner conveys it all too well.

With the slight rendition of the characters portrayed by the actors in the prequels, ‘Dark Phoenix’ puts on a display of strong performances rather than a solid screenplay.

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