June 07, 2019

Dark Phoenix is in theaters on June 7th, 2019.

X-Men : Dark Phoenix, the last official X-Men saga movie (New Mutant possible last Fox’s X-Men movie but storyline won’t be much related to other x-men movies from Fox) for Fox’s 19 years of X-Men saga just released. Personally I really liked Fox’s X-Men saga which was very different from MCU’s tone. X- Men universe was always more dramatic, and had much serious (darker) tone (like discrimination on mutants, rights that portrays current realistic issue in our world). Ideology conflict between Magento and Professor X was always charming, their mixed relationship (such as friend and enemy) was very fascinating. Also watching all different mutants’ abilities always entertained us.

Especially I really liked X-Men prequel franchise because First Class and Days of Future Past were so great and they were two of the best X-Men movies. Also cast was wonderful, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender were perfect young Professor X and Magneto. Their charismatic performance always added much more spice and dramatic power in the movie. Therefore I really hoped a lot in this movie to be good.

After I got out from the theater, I didn’t know how should I express this feeling of disappointment. Yes I was worried about Simon Kinberg who is talented producer of X-Men for long time but I wasn’t sure that he can handle this big blockbuster as director (especially this is first movie that he directed). And overall script, action sequences, way that treats characters, and storytelling were bad.

Overall movie’s tone is very dark as other X-Men movie. This movie does not contain humor much, that means storytelling and drama should be the two factor that leads the movie but, overall I felt movie seemed very rush to go to next act, but also somehow I felt boring, and way the story flow, way the character reacts to the issues, and those scenes and cuts were not properly flow. I did not feel like I am watching movie but maybe watching TV drama.

Also I really really hated how they treat all these beloved characters. If you watched X-Men’s Logan or MCU’s Avengers: Endgame, you will know what I mean. They respected those beloved characters very well (because this can be spoiler so I won’t mention anymore) but, in this movie I do not see any respect for those important few characters who has been lead this franchise.

In addition, actions sequences were disappointing as well. Of course there were few great sequences but it was too short and not enough. Movie’s scale seemed much smaller than DOFP, Apocalypse and even smaller than First Class. I thought that this could be spin-off sized movie, but not as main X-Men saga (and especially for last X-Men finale).

The only con, only great thing about this movie was great performance from the cast. McAvoy, Fassbender, Hault, Sophie Turner and more, they did great job and showed great performance, but… the way characters and their emotional development seemed very lack and not making harmony with story (and I felt that script was very bad).

I feel that maybe I could have enjoyed it if this movie was spin-off or solo movie of one of the X-Men but as FINALE, last movie of whole X-Men Saga, I am furious. I felt that characters does not treated well enough as Logan or Avengers. They deserved much much better, and I really feel bad that I cannot see this great cast anymore.

I know that it is almost impossible to happen but really hoping that MCU keeps the Fox’s X-Men cast. I really wish to see James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender’s Professor X and Magneto with their charismatic performance in MCU.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5

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