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DARK PHOENIX DAY Declared in Los Angeles

DARK PHOENIX DAY Declared in Los Angeles

That obviously poses a lot of problems in terms of continuity and story logic, but anyone even vaguely familiar with the franchise's lax approach to the timeline will know that they've never been all that hot on keeping it all tight and simple. This apparently doesn't help the movie find its bearings as longtime X-Men writer Simon Kinberg takes up his first directorial feature, along with penning the script.

In a one-star review, The Daily Telegraph's Robbie Collin said: "It's hard not to wonder where the wit and glamour of 2011's X-Men: First Class disappeared to, and why this franchise made a decision to trade uproariously period-specific ensemble capers for lugubrious soap-operatics".

Dark Phoenix hits theaters this week on June 7.

I haven't read any of the reviews why the movie may be so bad, but X-Men: Apocalypse was simply terrible, which may play into the reception for Dark Phoenix.

Somewhere along the way, though, Dark Phoenix loses sight of what it was trying to say about female anger, or male arrogance, or love or rejection or oppression or forgiveness. The X-Men push their ship to the breaking point.

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Better marks came from the The Daily Express who gave it four stars, saying the "spectacular finale is most mature of franchise since [previous film] Logan". Dark Phoenix more closely follows the events of the comics storyline written by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, picking up eight years after the events of X-Men: Apocalypse with the X-Men now well established as a heroic force for good.

Turner is not entirely at fault for the scattered focus of Dark Phoenix - the film's obligation to pay lip service to its First Class member while retreading Xavier and Magneto's (Michael Fassbender, predictably somber) age-old conflict - which Erik does hilariously comment on - spreads the film thin. Yet "X-Men Origins: Wolverine", though also a Wolverine-centric film, is without question one of the worst films in the entire franchise, straddling the line between camp and melodrama without ever indulging in either quality in an entertaining way (it also has the ignominious distinction of totally botching the introduction of Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool character). Just set it five months before Dark Phoenix. Still, Dark Phoenix is not as much trainwreck as it is a slow-moving vehicle collision that ends up screeching to a halt right before it scratches the bumper in front of it. The X-Men are now beloved celebrities who go on high-profile rescue missions, and Xavier has a direct line to the US president. The same goes for her fellow mutants reaction to the change.

The Phoenix Saga in the X-Men comics of the 1970s is rightly considered a classic of the genre, which explains why filmmakers keep returning to it. When the film finally ended, I heaved an even bigger one. Kinberg has a knack for crafting a dynamic battle scene that escalates in stakes but remains easy to follow. And my guess is they will repurpose how they want to explore these characters.

Sticking close to Jean, Kinberg anchors her fast-evolving rage in the realisation that Charles has tampered with her memories. Quicksilver continues to steal the show, but he's sadly just a blip in this film. Dark Phoenix is a production of Marvel Entertainment, TSG Entertainment, and The Donners' Company, with distribution by 20th Century Fox. Now the legacy of the X-Men will pass into a new set of hands, and hopefully it will rise, like a certain mythological bird, again. Now that Fox studios is owned by Disney, The X-Men will be under the purview of Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige.


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