A Look at X men: Dark Phoenix
This movie is ironic.
After 20 years, 10 movies and 3 disjointed continuities, the X men’s time with Fox has come to an end. I love the X men, and I’m sad that this movie will be brushed under the rug due to the lack of care and 2 delays, because honestly this movie isn’t spectacular but as a bookend for this line of films it’s acceptable.
It’s the 90s now, and the un-aging X men in their 30s and 50s fly off into space to save a crew of astronauts in a spinning space ship from a space cloud. The space cloud gets all up in Jean, but surprise it’s a cosmic force that’s starts making Jean go bananas. Shenanigans ensue and Jennifer Lawrence finally dies.
The main point of contention I had was the story, it was gratuitously simplified. The Dark Phoenix was a story of a cosmic energy getting drunk on its indulgence of human experiences and refusing to return to its original function while spurred on by the Hellfire Club. Here we get a space cloud like Galactus in Rise of the Silver Surfer and Paralax in Green lantern, and some body snatching tree people want to control it to revive their world, which is awfully noble but for whatever reason they go about this in an oddly sinister fashion. At this point, a lack of care for a good villain is to be expected from the Fox movies, but what this movie lacks in substance it makes up for in style.
Mystique finally dies, and the oddball member of the X men who didn’t really belong but stuck around since 2011. This leaves the X men with a somewhat classic lineup of team members with Xavier, Beast, Cyclops, Storm, and Nightcrawler. In two instances, the X men get their chance to show off their powers with some style I have not seen in these X men movies before. Fast aggressive body language once reserved for Wolverine is being wielded by the lot of them, and it rocked. Well, except for Charles of course.
The writing and direction is also commendably composed and collected. The mood of scenes are allowed to play out without forced jokes and actors give some engrossing reactions to the chaos in Jean’s wake. What’s ironic about this is that Dark Phoenix is written by the same guy who wrote X3 which as I’m sure we all know jumped the shark and fell on its face.
So X men with Fox is over, we had some good times, we had some depressing times, and some of those times were The Generation X Pilot. Though we can all agree the lack of continuity was a headache, the X men got a good run. All I ask is that in 5 to 10 years when we get X men movies again, show them some respect, pick the good stories like Onslaught or Fatal Attractions and keep the obnoxious jokes to a minimum.
Good bye Fox X men.