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Dark Phoenix

DVD - 2019
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MPAA rating: PG-13; for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action including some gunplay, disturbing images, and brief strong language.
The story of one of the X-Men's most beloved characters, Jean Grey, as she evolves into her iconic alter ego. During a life-threatening rescue mission in space, Jean is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all. Wrestling with this increasingly unstable power as well as her own personal demons, Jean spirals out of control, tearing the X-Men family apart and threatening to destroy the very fabric of our planet.

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Miller1114
Oct 04, 2019

It wasn't as good as the previous X-Men movies. I'm always disappointed with the women centered superhero movies. If it's not big budget it isn't done well. All in all pretty good.

It's better than The Last Stand, but not nearly as good as it could have been. Arguably the greatest X-Men adventure is watered down by forced out-of-character commentary. Rather than simply letting the characters be themselves, you have forced dialogue and forced story points that muddy what is otherwise an admirable attempt and obscures the characters involved.

Now the long wait for Avengers Vs X-Men begins.

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jar47
Oct 02, 2019

I had hoped that at least the X-Men movies would stay true to there format but I should have known Disney would ruin this as they have with the rest of Marvel with there usual politically motivated feminist agenda driven trash. Why all of a sudden is that Raven in charge? Yelling at everyone including Professor X Demanding he change the name to X-Women? After 15 minutes of this whining sickening display I hit Eject and watched a real movie with John Wayne back when actors actually acted and movies entertained. At least we still have the early marvel movies before Disney Trashed them as for the future all I can say is MARVEL R.I.P I'm done with it!

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Alyxwrites
Oct 02, 2019

"Overall, I didn’t hate Dark Phoenix, especially not in the way I’ve seen other people call it ‘trash’ which I don’t think it is, but I don’t think it’s as good as it should be."

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https://alyxwrites.blog/2019/07/04/movie-review-dark-phoenix-2019/

CMLibrary_gjd_0 Sep 29, 2019

I'm not sure why the critics and fans panned this movie so much! I thought it was OK, certainly not stellar, but on par with Mr, Kinberg's other X-Men movies. Meaning, it seemed to be an organic conclusion to the story lines he's already featured. TH didn't even complain when they didn't bring in the Hellfire Club--and that is a FIRST!!! If you've been enjoying these films, watch this and judge for yourself. I have no idea when they will "reboot" and what the cast will look like going forward. However, I'm sure we'll see more X-Men on film sometime, (certainly before we see more Fantastic 4) there are universal themes involved, which is what has made them so popular in Graphic Form for so many years. :)

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PeaceFinger
Sep 24, 2019

RET-CON, MEET THE RET-CON, IT'S A MODERN BRONZE AGE FA-MI-LY, FROM THE,
TOWN OF SONY, THIS-IS-NOT-YOUR-CON-TI-NU-I-TY....
or I WANT A RESURRECTION OF THE LAST 115 MINUTES...
MacAvoy IS BETTER THAN THIS, Hoult HAS DONE BETTER THAN THIS, Fassbender
is pretty much on target, and STILL BETTER THAN THIS... the screenwriter should
get a refund from whatever strip mall film school convinced them a lucrative career in medical testing was beneath them. A New Direction is never a complete waste; at least we're done with this team of X-Men, and neither Stewart or McKellan had to see it.
I would imagine there's a sizable blame placed on lead Sophie Turner, but you can only
work with what you're given, and maybe they can improve.. would be hard to do worse..
and what looks like Jessica Chastain's stunt double was handicapped by no trademark mustache to twirl...
Watch it & remember what you liked about the prior films, and just keep repeating;
"it's only a movie." Always end on a high note..."It was X-cruciating"

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SirWhiskers
Sep 21, 2019

Until the very end of the movie, I felt it was much better than many critics would have us believe. Certainly equal to Days of Future Past and superior to Apocalypse. I didn't mind the relatively unimportant changes from the original story, e.g., the movie uses aliens in place of the Hellfire Club. However, the writer and/or director did make one change at the very end that completely negated the emotional impact of the entire story, a change that IMO is decidedly contrary to the theme of the saga. Sometimes movie makers get so caught up in details, they lose sight of a story's core element. Sadly, I believe that's what happened here. The movie is worth a viewing, but it could have been much better. Maybe when X-Men is rebooted yet again the folks in charge will finally do justice to the Phoenix saga.

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mexicanadiense
Sep 17, 2019

Dark Phoenix: A defense.

The critical consensus seems to have come down pretty hard on this movie, and far be it from me to question the validity of so, so much effort expended on 1 star reviews, but I will push back on this narrative in my own small way and leave it for you, esteemed reader, to decide.

Unlike the vast majority of films we've seen them in it is 1992 (the same year the X-Men TV cartoon series started, among other things) and the X-Men are riding high in the public's esteem- Professor X even has a direct landline to the Oval Office and revels in his role as a Special Advisor to the U.S. President. This culminates in his unilateral choice to send his spiffily uniformed "superheroes" into space to rescue a shuttle mission gone awry. And, from this final decision grounded in his own hubris, Xavier unwittingly sets off a chain of events that will lead to decades of deceit coming to light and the near destruction of all life on Earth, mutant or otherwise (not quite Infinity War level stakes, but pretty damn high).

I don't intend to dissect the plot so I'll leave it there, but I will make mention of the performances before moving on to how I feel the picture fits into the series and the general zeitgeist of 2019.

James McAvoy has done some great work throughout the series, with perhaps his high watermark the disaffected early-70s Junky Charles of "Days of Future Past" but he absolutely nails the smugness and self-righteousness needed for this version of the character while at the same time reminding us of his youthful idealism and core goodness as a person, all while putting him through a wringer of emotions and regret.

Michael Fassbender as Magneto- what more need be said? I'll always be a fan of Ian McKellan as well, but there is one reaction shot in this movie in which his rage and remorse come welling up and you can't help but internally applaud a master actor at work.

As for the lead, Sophie Turner was dealt a challenging role and rose to the occasion. Even with all the post-production digital effects raging around and, in some cases, on her you can't help but notice the depth of feeling she's pulling from to portray a deeply conflicted and confused young person.

Before the accusations of rose tinted glasses, though, I will admit that supporting characters like Cyclops, Mystique and Storm (shocker!) were underacted, but Jessica Chastain's otherworldly turn as the villainous Vuk was much stronger than I'd expected- she does bad pretty good.

Final thoughts: coming hard on the heels of the "Avengers Endgame" spectacle and, more importantly, after "Captain Marvel", "Wonder Woman", and the era of #MeToo in general I think a film that ostensibly positions a troubled young woman into apparent victimhood, particularly of her own emotions, would be pushing against the general tide. Add to that the appearance that a male parental figure
like Charles is trying to save her, along with Cool Uncle Erik and committed nice guy boyfriend Scott and the dissonance goes further. Examined on its own merits and story, however, I think the Jean does achieve her own agency and makes the most important choices for herself when she needs to, and several scenes also deal with coming to terms with past mistakes, admitting culpability and striving to be better, which are certainly universal themes just as relevant today as ever.

PS: Oh yeah, Hans Zimmer's score is pretty weighty and dread inducing, I feel it worked well with the themes of the film but I did miss the touch of the classic John Kamen X-Men movies theme at least a little.

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dclfurball
Aug 03, 2019

It’s not a good movie at all

JCLZachC Jul 29, 2019

There are plenty of issues to nitpick, but the overwhelming feeling after this one was positive because the quality of the moments when it did deliver, in spite of the baggage I brought into the film from previous entries. Sophie Turner is one of the bright spots, she is excellent as Jean Grey. The movie also succeeds in setting up some fist-pumping character moments in the big action set pieces.

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CMLibrary_gjd_0 Sep 29, 2019

Raven : [to Charles] It's funny. I can't actually remember the last time you were the one risking something. And by the way, the women are always saving the men around here. You might wanna think about changing the name to X-Women.

Erik Lehnsherr : The world is on the brink!
Professor Charles Xavier : I'm sorry, I didn't stop this sooner...
Erik Lehnsherr : You're always sorry, Charles. And there's always a speech. But nobody cares!

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