The Last Stand Redux Slightly Improves
The History of Dark Phoenix was redone thirteen years after the appalling X -Men: The last stand ; a film that I consider the worst of the franchise. Simon Kinberg, the writer of both films, made his directorial debut with Dark Phoenix and has the opportunity to correct a flagrant mistake. His second effort is better than the first, but the bar is certainly low. Dark Phoenix has a vague tale with a predictable intrigue and a cardboard villain. Some action scenes are interesting, but the climactic confrontation is almost caricatural with its obvious CGI effects. The strengths of the film reside in the characters. The X-Men and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) bring a dramatic weight to the story.
Dark Phoenix takes place mainly in 1992. The mission of Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) to give a place to mutants around the world has largely succeeded. X-Men are considered superheroes. The adoring kids wear their costumes and play with X-Men toys. While Charles makes a victory lap and infuses advertising, Mystic (Jennifer Lawrence) does not share his enthusiasm. The leader of the X-Men at the mission level, she feels that they put their lives in danger to defend a cause.
The X-Men are called to rescue astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle. A mysterious solar flare paralyzed the shuttle and cut off all communications. The X-Men push their ship to the breaking point. Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and Quicksilver (Evan Peters) board the shuttle to rescue the astronauts. When the rocket turns to them, Jean Gray (Sophie Turner) uses his enormous power to save the astronauts and X-Men. While the world praises their exploits, the space mission has an unexpected effect on John. She begins to remember the events that brought her to Charles Xavier as a child. A long-kept secret releases an uncontrollable anger that explodes into spectacular power. Birth of Dark Phoenix .
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. Chris Claremont and John Byrne will appreciate a more consistent beginning in the history of Dark Phoenix . This blends perfectly into the brewing conflict between Professor X and Mystique. His leadership is openly questioned. Beast (Nicholas Hoult) has doubts about the motivations of his mentor. If only Simon Kinberg had maintained tension. The film turns into a thread of mutant scalded battles. A big underlying theme is diluted as the focus is on Jean Gray. Its transformation into Dark Phoenix gives the impression of turning a button. The same goes for the reaction of his mutant companions to change. It is ridiculously obvious that something happened to John in the space. Their lack of recognition is incredible and defiles the story that remains.
The biggest problem of Dark Phoenix is the antagonist. Jessica Chastain is criminally squandered as a villain. I will not go into the details of his character, but will say that they are never fully explored. Chastain, who is dressed like an albino for no reason, is robotic in his performance. His efforts to control Jean Gray are weakly completed and executed. Dark Phoenix was delayed by more than a year to proceed with rework. One has the impression that Jessica Chastain's character has been cut or changed significantly during this process. His performance in this film is not indicative of the great work of characters we have seen before. Simon Kinberg must take a mulligan for squandering his talent.
Dark Phoenix recreates some scenes from X-Men: The Last Fight ]. The showdown at Jean Gray receives redux treatment. It is incomprehensible that Simon Kinberg has shot these scenes again in the same way. I imagine that he was initially unhappy with the way they evolved. Unfortunately, there is not much improvement on the second shot. This makes useless comparisons with a failure that must be forgotten. Kinberg should have avoided turning so close to the previous movie.
The characters of the First Class and of Revelation Dark Phoenix . Professor X, Magneto, Mystic and Beast play well with Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Jean Gray, Nightcrawler and Cyclops (Tye Sheridan). Quicksilver continues to steal the show, but it is unfortunately only one element in this film. Excellent casting holds the fort. Dark Phoenix has problems galore, is more fun than The Last Stand . It's a victory that I will take. Dark Phoenix is a production of Marvel Entertainment, TSG Entertainment and The Donners Company, distributed by 20th Century Fox. Now that Fox studios are owned by Disney, the X-Men will be run by Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige. The franchise has a promising future with better payments.
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