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Dark Phoenix

2019  114 MN




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Simon Kinberg
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The X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe when one of their own, Jean Grey, starts to spiral out of control. During a rescue mission in outer space, Jean is nearly killed when she's hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. The X-Men must now band together to save her soul and battle aliens that want to use Grey's new abilities to rule the galaxy.

 Release Date

June 5, 2019

 Runtime

1h54m (114 min)


 Top Billed Cast

 Sophie Turner
 Jean Grey / Dark Phoenix
 James McAvoy
 Charles Xavier / Professor X
 Michael Fassbender
 Erik Lensherr / Magneto
 Jennifer Lawrence
 Raven Darkholme / Mystique
 Jessica Chastain
 Vuk
 Nicholas Hoult
 Hank McCoy / Beast


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Stan Lee Comic Book
Simon Kinberg Screenplay
Jack Kirby Comic Book
Chris Claremont Story
John Byrne Story
Dave Cockrum Story

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 Cast

Sophie Turner
  Jean Grey / Dark Phoenix
James McAvoy
  Charles Xavier / Professor X
Michael Fassbender
  Erik Lensherr / Magneto
Jennifer Lawrence
  Raven Darkholme / Mystique
Jessica Chastain
  Vuk
Nicholas Hoult
  Hank McCoy / Beast
Evan Peters
  Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver
Tye Sheridan
  Scott Summers / Cyclops
Kodi Smit-McPhee
  Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler
Alexandra Shipp
  Ororo Munroe / Storm
Lamar Johnson
  Ben Hammil / Match
Kota Eberhardt
  Selene Gallio
Scott Shepherd
  Dr. John Grey
Summer Fontana
  Young Jean Grey
Halston Sage
  Alison Blaire / Dazzler
Brian d'Arcy James
  President of the United States
Hannah Anderson
  Elaine Grey
Ato Essandoh
  Jones
Andrew Stehlin
  Ariki
Chris Claremont
  White House Guest
Melissa Toussaint
  UN Delegate Haiti (uncredited)
Xavier Sotelo
  UN Delegate Spain (uncredited)
Craig Snoyer
  UN Guard (uncredited)
Tony Saquett
  Mutant (uncredited)
Serge Martineau
  Admiral (uncredited)
Eldon Hunter
  Journalist (uncredited)
Christopher Hayes
  UN Reporter #1 (uncredited)
Frédéric Gilles
  World Leader #1 (uncredited)
Julien Irwin Dupuy
  Helicopter Pilot 1 (uncredited)
Daniel Cudmore
  (uncredited)
Joey Coleman
  Jean Grey's Uncle (uncredited)
George Chiang
  Chinese UN Reporter (uncredited)
Alexandre Bélanger
  Businessman (uncredited)
Marine Buton
  French waitress (uncredited)
Éric Clark
  U.N. Lead Guard (uncredited)
Doug Uttecht
  Helicopter Pilot
Ben Skorstad
  Helicopter Pilot
Frédéric North
  Helicopter Pilot

 Crew


Hans Zimmer
  Music
Lee Smith
  Editor
Lauren Shuler Donner
  Producer
Stan Lee
  Executive Producer
Stan Lee
  Comic Book
Daniel Orlandi
  Costume Design
Hank Amos
  Stunt Coordinator
Michele Laliberte
  Supervising Art Director
Simon Kinberg
  Screenplay
Simon Kinberg
  Director
Simon Kinberg
  Producer
Brian Smrz
  Second Unit Director
Andrea Kenyon
  Casting
Claude Paré
  Production Design
Mauro Fiore
  Director of Photography
Jack Kirby
  Comic Book
Elizabeth Wilcox
  Set Decoration
Richard Norton
  Stunt Coordinator
Michael Scherer
  Stunt Coordinator
Tim Wong
  Stunt Coordinator
Alyssa Weisberg
  Casting
Chris Claremont
  Story
John Byrne
  Story
Nina Lauren
  Stunt Double
Richard King
  Supervising Sound Editor
Ravi Bansal
  Art Direction
David Luckenbach
  Camera Operator
Michael W. Mitchell
  Sound Effects Editor
David Gaucher
  Art Direction
Elise de Blois
  Set Decoration
Vincent Gingras-Liberali
  Art Direction
Félix Larivière-Charron
  Art Direction
James M. Churchman
  Stunt Coordinator
Milena Popović
  Script Supervisor
Kimberley Zaharko
  Art Direction
Doane Gregory
  Still Photographer
Dan Goyens
  Rigging Gaffer
Cameron Waldbauer
  Special Effects Supervisor
Josh Bleibtreu
  Second Unit Director of Photography
Francois Archambault
  Steadicam Operator
Marco Venditto
  Gaffer
Frederic Breault
  Visual Effects Supervisor
Maarten Kroonenburg
  Camera Operator
Vincent Aird
  Art Direction
Jonathan Taylor
  Second Unit Director of Photography
Mathieu Giguère
  Art Direction
Michael Marzovilla
  Gaffer
Robert Mattigetz
  Camera Operator
Lorette Leblanc
  Script Supervisor
Nathalie Paquette
  Script Supervisor
Emilie Paquet
  Lighting Technician
Julie Garceau
  Digital Imaging Technician
Daniel Auclair
  Production Manager
Barbara Abelar
  Script Supervisor
Geoffroy Beauchemin
  Camera Operator
Hugo Léveillé
  Visual Effects Supervisor
Phil Brennan
  Visual Effects Supervisor
Veronique Meunier
  Art Direction
Randy Torres
  Sound Designer
Jonathan Piche-Delorme
  Visual Effects Supervisor
Alain Masse
  Key Grip
Justin Haut
  Production Supervisor
Jonathan Barbeau
  Lighting Technician
Henri Normand
  Lighting Technician
Patrick Lima
  Dolly Grip
Michael Langford
  Animation Supervisor
Brent Radford
  Armorer
Sandra Nieuwenhuijsen
  Art Direction
Wesley Chandler
  Animation Supervisor
Dr Bhanu Pratap Singh
  Assistant Director
Cyrille Chatelain
  Set Decoration
Chris Dowell
  Post Production Supervisor
Zachary Tucker
  Visual Effects Supervisor
Jamie Pimentel
  Lighting Technician
Eric Lefèbvre
  Electrician
Loic Zimmermann
  Art Direction
Dave Cockrum
  Story
David Dinel
  Key Grip
Stephen Wells
  Dolly Grip


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SWITCH.

It’s just a shame that 'X-Men' was never able to live up to its potential in this form. Drawn of clichés, a tired script and a tired cast, it’s a big wet flop of a film where it looked like the cast were just there to collect their cheques. It’s probably something to wait for a digital release and watch on a rainy Sunday afternoon where you can fall asleep during the exhausting middle section and wake up at the mildly less-exhausting end.

If anyone needs me, I’ll be looking for Cyclops, hot choccie, blanket and hug.
- Brent Davidson

Read Brent's full article...
https://www.maketheswitch.com.au/article/review-x-men-dark-phoenix-untapped-potential


msbreviews

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Honestly, I'm going straight to the point, and I'm going to try not to waste anyone's time since that's precisely what Dark Phoenix did. Clearly, no one in the production team cared about this movie. Now, after watching the film, it's pretty easy to understand the reasons behind the constant delays, and the poor marketing campaign (I barely saw anything remotely publicizing this movie). It's not a complete disaster, it's not an absolute mess, but the third act is such a stab into the fans' hearts. Literally, one of the most abrupt endings of the last few years. It really feels like a producer entered the writers' room and said something along the lines of "let's just hurry this up, Marvel Cinematic Universe is right around the corner, nothing of what we do here matters."

I'm not going to lie, it's actually true. No matter how amazing or horrible this film ended up to be, it wouldn't really matter, which is probably the most negative aspect of this Disney-Fox merger. Days Of Future Past is arguably one of the better X-Men installments, but Apocalypse and Dark Phoenix feel such a waste of time because they never really explore what the time-travel event really changed, and now time's up, a complete reboot is coming. The first act of this movie is genuinely remarkable. I felt invested in both the story and characters, I was deeply captivated by what they were doing, and Hans Zimmer's score elevates a specific sequence that on IMAX really shows off both the visual and audio's phenomenal quality.

Until midway through, it's a pretty well-written, well-performed, and exciting film (with occasional minor issues). However, after a risky yet convincing plot point, Simon Kinberg annihilates everything he was working on until then. From this moment on, I can feel the famous merger being signed, and everyone working on this movie just giving up. The writing becomes atrocious, one of the most forgettable and nonsensical villains ever shows up (and I thought that comic-book adaptations were working past the cliche "bad guys"), characters like Quiksilver are barely in the film (why set up his relationship with his father if they never approach that subplot again?), and the ending lasts around three minutes. Three. In this amount of time, they do the equivalent of the last hour of Avengers: Endgame. Now, try to imagine that epic hour of climactic battles crushed into a couple of minutes...

The cast truly tries. Sophie Turner carries this movie with such an emotionally powerful performance that I almost feel that she alone deserved a positive review. James McAvoy (Professor Charles Xavier) continues his streak of gripping displays (if he doesn't get a freaking Oscar in the next years, I'll explode), Michael Fassbender is splendid as Magneto, and Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique) doesn't do much. Nicholas Hoult (Beast) is a pleasant surprise, but Jessica Chastain (Smith) is the only one at fault here. I never felt any interest from the actress in getting into a superhero film, and honestly, it shows. She's definitely the one that couldn't care less about what comes out of this, so she just offers a one-dimensional performance for a pretty lousy villain.

The screenplay is filled with characters making uncharacteristic decisions (they feel unearned), and exposition scenes that don't really do justice to the compelling backstories. Nevertheless, I always feel the need to come back to the ending. I rather have a slow start, but a strong finish than the other way around. Dark Phoenix delivers a fast-paced, entertaining, and captivating first act, but slowly starts to degrade until it culminates with one of the saga's worst third acts. Sure, the action is great, and it's quite well-filmed actually, but it all ends so quickly that you don't have enough time even to try to enjoy it. If it wasn't for Hans Zimmer's score, which completely nailed me to the screen, my brain would have shut itself down before the wrap-up.

It's a shame that such a beloved franchise like the X-Men has to end like this. Simon Kinberg, knowing that the merger was going to happen, should have changed the last half, and risk a lot more, to be honest. If the movie really didn't matter, then they should have tried to do something that was never done before, and go all-out. If it fails, it fails, but at least it would have been remembered as a courageous and powerful film. This way, not only it's a disappointing culmination to a 20-year saga, but it's forgettable. It's not even horrible enough for people to remember how bad it was, it's just ... Meh. If they didn't care, how can they ask the audience to do it for them?

All in all, Dark Phoenix ends up being what everyone feared it would be: a movie that didn't matter, at all. One that didn't even try to pay homage to an extraordinary saga that notably influenced the comic-book genre. The worst of all is that everyone can imagine how great it could have been since the cast is perfect (Sophie Turner shines), Hans Zimmer's score is sumptuous, and the action is riveting. The worst feeling that a fan can have is that disappointment with how the film turned out to be mixed with the frustration due to how well a fan can imagine how amazing it could have been. However, a flawed narrative with a terrible villain and questionable character decisions ruins those dreams. With one of the most abrupt endings of the last years, X-Men reaches its end as an isolated franchise, and it now rests its hopes on Kevin Feige and Marvel co. that the MCU will do the mutants justice.

PS: as you know, I try to avoid trailers as much as I can. After watching Dark Phoenix's ones, I can only advise you to not watch a single one. Not even the first one. Especially that first one! I can't understand how someone approves trailers so spoilery as these ones. Unbelievable.

Rating: C


Movie Queen41

I don't think this was the disaster that the critics make it out to be, but it is one of the lesser Fox X-Men movies. Both the opening scene where the X-Men rescue astronauts stranded in space and the ending where Magneto and the X-Men fight aliens on a train were well done action scenes. It's the middle that sags a bit. The film lacks energy and emotional impact. Simon Kinberg wrote and directed this second go around of the Phoenix Saga as a way to atone for writing the mediocre The Last Stand. But this film does not really improve on that film at all. I am eager to see Kevin Feige cover the full Phoenix Saga properly in a trilogy. You cannot cram the Phoenix story into one movie. We've barely gotten to know these young versions of these characters from Apocalypse. The worst performance is from Jennifer Lawrence, whose Raven is completely smug and obnoxious towards Prof. X. I was happy when she exited the movie. You can tell she doesn't care about this franchise at all. Beast acts completely out of character and joins Magneto to kill Jean--something he would never do. Quicksilver exits the movie quickly after being injured by Jean and only returns at the very end. His relationship with his father, Magneto, is never addressed. Scott Summers takes orders from Mystique (ugh!) and never shows any leadership abilities. The villains are generic evil aliens who want to use the Phoenix Force to take over the world. They are just bargain basement Skrulls. Then there are the usual continuity errors with other X-Men movies. Apocalypse showed that Phoenix was a part of Jean, just like The Last Stand did. Now we are told that the Phoenix lives outside of Jean and comes from outer space. Also, when you see how things end for Prof. X and Jean in this movie, it's unlikely that either of them would appear at the end of Days of Future Past to greet Logan at the school. Overall, disappointing and the perfect time for Disney to reboot this property.


shailen

It's a really good movie with superb graphics and storyline.


Wuchak

***A fuller rendition of the Jean Grey Plot of “X-Men 3” with Sophie Turner***

This is another take on the Jean Grey story of “X-Men: The Last Stand” (2006). That movie was good up until the last act with the conventional battle between the good and bad mutants at Alcatraz Island, which diverged from the more interesting core story concerning Jean. “Dark Phoenix” (2019) has a similar problem in that Jean’s inner conflict between good and evil is the most interesting element, along with the other mutants being troubled by her transformation and trying to figure out how to handle it.

Unfortunately, as with “X-Men 3,” the filmmakers insist on having everything come down to a big battle sequence that’s overlong and predictable, although it’s better and more moving here. A good example of predictableness is when Magneto (Michael Fassbender) utilizes many rifles to shoot Vuk (Jessica Chastain); you know very well that the bullets are going to be totally useless. The ending’s not bad, just tedious and perfunctory, similar to the big battle sequence in “Avengers: Endgame,” albeit less dull. The original climax of “Dark Phoenix” took place in space and had too many similarities to “Captain Marvel,” which beat “Dark Phoenix” to the theaters. So the creators had to reshoot the ending as a battle sequence involving a train, but it didn’t feel tacked on or inorganic, although the Juk/aliens subplot did.

I prefer Sophie Turner to Famke Janssen in the titular role. She’s just an all-around pleasure to behold, although acting-wise she’s not yet up to the caliber of Fassbender, James McAvoy (Xavier) or Jennifer Lawrence (Raven), not even close. In any case, I found the Phoenix story fascinating just as I did with “The Last Stand,” but here it’s more fleshed out, which makes it better in some ways. I just wish the creators would have the gonads to do something fresh rather than strap the conventional “big battle” ending on what could have been a great movie.

If you liked “First Class” (2011), “Days of Future Past” (2014) and “Apocalypse” (2016), “Dark Phoenix” is cut from the same cloth in all-around quality. I prefer “Days” and “Apocalypse,” but “Dark Phoenix” ain’t no slouch, despite what detractors might say; and it’s superior to “First Class.”

The film runs 1 hour, 53 minutes.

GRADE: B+


Gimly

I don't know if _Dark Phoenix_ is the **worst** entry in the X-Men franchise. I feel like I remember being much more angry walking out of _Last Stand_ than this one. _Dark Phoenix_ didn't really make me "angry"... It didn't make me feel anything I guess. But there was just **nothing** I liked about this. Like, _Apocalypse_ was a bad movie, absolutely, but I really enjoyed that bit in the middle where the young X-Men got to the shopping centre together. That elevated it for me, even if it didn't stop it being a bad movie. _Dark Phoenix_ has no such moment. Nothing. I. Liked.

_Final rating:★½: - Boring/disappointing. Avoid where possible._


JPV852

Not as bad as I feared and the plot in and of itself was fine, as were the performances (outside of accents going in and out depending on the scene), even Sophie Turner was okay, the visual effects were alright and the direction serviceable. However, the biggest problem was the dialogue which ranged from predictable (to the point I could predict lines from time to time) to absolutely atrocious.

Not sure where this ranks amongst the "franchise", though initially I'd say it is above Apocalypse, a movie I didn't care much for but a far cry from First Class and Days of Future Past. **2.75/5**


Per Gunnar Jonsson

I had seen somewhat mixed opinions of this movie and none of them were really that great so I had some doubts about it. Anyway, the other day I sat down with the kids and watched it.

Far from the greatest X-Men movie but it’s not that bad either. It’s okayish.

The story is fairly decent and, as usual, the special effects (which is really why I watch these movies) is quite good actually. The characters are doing a decent enough job of their roles although none of them are really up to the standard Patrick Stewart brought to the franchise.

The biggest gripe I have with the movie is it’s incessant whining. Jean is quite cool when she get’s pissed off and shows off her powers pretty much stopping anything that gets thrown at her. However those good moments are overshadowed by both her and other characters going into whining mode every so often. And Hank is just a bloody annoying asshole.

I haven’t really read that many X-Men comics (didn’t have them in Sweden when I grew up) so I cannot say I know much about Jean’s real story in those. I noticed that a lot of people complained about the story in the movie not being “the right” one. Sure, when they take a known character and remakes him for no good reason that pisses me off as well but this is NOT a one star movie by any stretch of the imagination.

Overall I cannot say that I really felt disappointed having watched it. Not exactly overjoyed either but it made for a decent enough movie evening with the kids.



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