X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Visually and musically X-Men: Dark Phoenix is impressive, and to be honest it is one of the better X-Men films, but we all know that doesn’t mean much. It’s obviously the story of Jean Grey, played by Game of Thrones Sansa Stark, and this is probably it’s strongest point, origin stories are always interesting.
But unfortunately just as you’re getting into the film, Dark Phoenix does an Indiana Jones 4 and brings on the aliens. These shape-shifting aliens with nefarious plans are nothing more than a plot direction and cannon fodder. Once again we have a bad guy with no really fleshed out character that we can either relate to or despise.
And that’s the real issue with Dark Phoenix, the essential characters are never given time to grow, and for an origin story, way to much time is given to the other players. With a tighter focus on Grey, and a deeper look into her dark side, other than just using shock tactics, we could have had a really strong closure to 20 years of X-Men on the big screen.
Instead, we get meaningless aliens and Kevin Wendell Crumb in a wheelchair. Disappointing but not surprisingly so.
Rating: M Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. NOTE: Violence, offensive language & content that may disturb.