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Dark Phoenix (2018)

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If you enjoy reading my...
Wednesday, March 30, 2022

If you enjoy reading my Spoiler-Free reviews, please follow my blog :) Honestly, I'm going straight to the point, and I'm going to try not to waste anyone's time since that's precisely what Dark Phoenix did. Clearly, no one in the production team cared about this movie. Now, after watching the film, it's pretty easy to understand the reasons behind the constant delays, and the poor marketing campaign (I barely saw anything remotely publicizing this movie). It's not a complete disaster, it's not an absolute mess, but the third act is such a stab into the fans' hearts. Literally, one of the most abrupt endings of the last few years. It really feels like a producer entered the writers' room and said something along the lines of "let's just hurry this up, Marvel Cinematic Universe is right around the corner, nothing of what we do here matters." I'm not going to...

***A fuller rendition of the...
Wednesday, March 30, 2022

***A fuller rendition of the Jean Grey Plot of “X-Men 3” with Sophie Turner*** This is another take on the Jean Grey story of “X-Men: The Last Stand” (2006). That movie was good up until the last act with the conventional battle between the good and bad mutants at Alcatraz Island, which diverged from the more interesting core story concerning Jean. “Dark Phoenix” (2019) has a similar problem in that Jean’s inner conflict between good and evil is the most interesting element, along with the other mutants being troubled by her transformation and trying to figure out how to handle it. Unfortunately, as with “X-Men 3,” the filmmakers insist on having everything come down to a big battle sequence that’s overlong and predictable, although it’s better and more moving here. A good example of predictableness is when Magneto (Michael Fassbender) utilizes many rifles to shoot Vuk (Jessica Chastain); you know very well that the...

I don't think this...
Wednesday, March 30, 2022

I don't think this was the disaster that the critics make it out to be, but it is one of the lesser Fox X-Men movies. Both the opening scene where the X-Men rescue astronauts stranded in space and the ending where Magneto and the X-Men fight aliens on a train were well done action scenes. It's the middle that sags a bit. The film lacks energy and emotional impact. Simon Kinberg wrote and directed this second go around of the Phoenix Saga as a way to atone for writing the mediocre The Last Stand. But this film does not really improve on that film at all. I am eager to see Kevin Feige cover the full Phoenix Saga properly in a trilogy. You cannot cram the Phoenix story into one movie. We've barely gotten to know these young versions of these characters from Apocalypse. The worst performance is from Jennifer Lawrence, whose Raven is...

I had seen somewhat mixed...
Wednesday, March 30, 2022

I had seen somewhat mixed opinions of this movie and none of them were really that great so I had some doubts about it. Anyway, the other day I sat down with the kids and watched it. Far from the greatest X-Men movie but it’s not that bad either. It’s okayish. The story is fairly decent and, as usual, the special effects (which is really why I watch these movies) is quite good actually. The characters are doing a decent enough job of their roles although none of them are really up to the standard Patrick Stewart brought to the franchise. The biggest gripe I have with the movie is it’s incessant whining. Jean is quite cool when she get’s pissed off and shows off her powers pretty much stopping anything that gets thrown at her. However those good moments are overshadowed by both her and other characters going into whining mode every so often...

I've been a huge...
Sunday, July 31, 2022

I've been a huge X-Men fan for many years. I especially loved the comic dark Phoenix saga. This movie was a travesty. It was a train wreck from the moment it started and never got any better only got worse. It had nothing to do with the storyline of dark Phoenix like in the comics. The lineup wasnt the same... No wolverine, no hellfire club... I can go on and on and pick this movie apart but I really don't have the time nor do I wish to. Simply put dark Phoenix sucks. The only saving grace to this film is James McAvoy who even in this movie was overshadowed by the stupidity of The angst. It's a shame they didn't do the true story of dark Phoenix because that would have been a good movie. I thought at the end of apocalypse when you see the Phoenix rise from out of Jean you would...

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