Verdict: High stakes action and twists that rise to a rewarding culmination.
Just over a month after Marvel wrapped up its saga of 22 films with Avengers: Endgame, Fox is all set to end its own pre-Disney-merger X-Men saga. Marketed as “the culmination of 20 years of X-Men movies”, X-Men: Dark Phoenix will treat us to an origin story. Sophie Turner stars as Jean Grey who evolves into the iconic Dark Phoenix – the most powerful mutant and the most dangerous enemy yet. Will it be a good send-off before we witness the effects of Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox? Let’s find out.
What’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix About:
In this conclusion to the X-Men saga, the mutants must face their mightiest and most intimidating enemy yet. It all begins when the young X-Men including Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Quicksilver (Evan Peters), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), and Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) set out on a mission in space. Things don’t go exactly as planned when Jean encounters a cosmic force that amplifies her abilities. With extremely volatile powers and her own personal demons coming to the forefront, she begins to spiral out of control. Now the family of mutants that we’ve come to know and love are forced into an intense and emotional battle against one of their own. The situation gets even more devastating as, apart from the most powerful mutant, there are even more evil forces at large. The mutants must find a way to unite, not only to save Jean’s soul but also the entire planet.
Even as this film narrates the saga of Jean Grey’s transition into Dark Phoenix, it is a great fan service finale. X-Men: Dark Phoenix is more than just a satisfying send-off for this chapter of the mutant saga. It also acts as fuel for the exciting build-up to what we might expect from this universe post the Disney-Fox merger.
The young mutant cast Tye Sheridan, Nicholas Hoult, Alexandra Shipp, Evan Peters, and Kodi Smit-McPhee all get their due justice as their characters make the most of their powers. Charles Xavier’s motivations for the mutants and their volatile relationship with humans is fleshed out further. Michael Fassbender as Magneto offers a whole new version of the character in X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Jennifer Lawrence reunites us with a softer side of Mystique and delivers one of the most memorable lines in the film – “The women are always saving the men around here; you might wanna think about changing the name to X-Women.” Jessica Chastain’s role in the film also takes the plot much deeper than an origin story. Most of all, Sophie Turner’s performance is both an emotional and enthralling watch.
The action-packed train sequence that launches into the film’s climax is noteworthy as writer-director Simon Kinberg and cinematographer Mauro Fiore jump back and forth between the cast to create an impressive battle. All the while, Hans Zimmer’s score settles perfectly into the power-packed drama.
What Could’ve Been Better:
Even though the film deals with the what is touted to be the most powerful mutant ever, it doesn’t go all out with intense action, which is what some might have been looking forward to. Instead, X-Men: Dark Phoenix is a more emotionally rousing end to Fox’s mutant saga.
Why You Should Watch:
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is packed with emotions, nostalgia for the fans of the series, twists and turns, a convincing plot, and most of all, lots of exhilarating action. Just like its predecessors, this fitting superhero adventure reminds you that it’s okay to not fit in.