X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) Review


Jean Grey is brought into the very complicated X-Men world we currently have, but when she accidentally gets some extra powers she has the ability to turn into a Dark Phoenix.


To start off with we see the child Jean Grey and what led to her becoming under the supervision of Charles Xavier, not particularly a nice story in all honesty as she was responsible for the death of her parents. This was all because of her mutant gifts, but at this time she did not understand them at all. Something Charles promised to help her with and reminded her that she is special and can do anything she sets her mind to.

We then fast forward to what is apparently 1991 (which messes up so many timelines in other X-Men films, but more about that later) and the X-Men are well thought of and work closely with the President of the United States. Even starting space missions as they are drafted in to help save some astronauts. This is when tragedy almost strikes as Jean Grey is on the craft as a strange power is drawn to her and inside her. When watching we know this is not going to end well at all, even though she says she feels ok. Her relationship with Scott appears to be growing and good.

Now I don’t even know where to start with this film in all honesty, I mean yes I had heard that it was terrible. But I always hope that something is not anywhere near as bad as everyone else claims. In this case it is bad and at times maybe even worse than people have even mentioned. It just seemed so pointless most of the time, and the special effects (yes, I am talking about Storm) really do not look like they have come from a 2019 film. Seriously some of those scenes were really cringeworthy and that was something I was not expecting. While I was expecting the storyline to be poor, weak and have so many holes when trying to get it to fit in the X-Men universe. I was not expecting below average action sequences and the lightening from Storm to look so rubbish. Probably only a minor issue in the grand scheme of things.

I personally thought Sophie Turner and Jessica Chastain were both awful in the film, wooden performances that offered absolutely nothing when watching it. The only time I actually felt a little bit of relief was when Michael Fassbender was eventually on screen as Charles again. But as I have seen mentioned many times how did he go from Fassbender to Ian McKellen in nine years? That is something that just makes this film seem utterly ridiculous and pointless, so maybe it being so badly received could be a good thing in terms of actually wondering if we need anymore films that take the edge off some very impressive X-Men films that we have had over the years? Too forced without any real substance would be my final thoughts on this one.

5 thoughts on “X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) Review

  1. I will forever be miffed that they’ve butchered what has to be one of the X-Men’s greatest plotlines TWICE! So disappointing, especially since the phoenix/dark Phoenix Saga has enough going for it to be its own trilogy.

    The inconsistencies in the continuity of the films is equally as staggering, especially since over the course of 3 years we’ve jumped 30 years and no one’s aged a day.

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    • Oh it’s just all so bad how it doesn’t link, I feel that is rather important when trying to build things. But yes they really did butcher this!


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