Feature Name: X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Directed By: Simon Kinberg
Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Jessica Chastain
Run Time: 114 minutes
X-Men: Dark Pheonix fails to live up to the level of the earlier films. It follows the life of Jean Grey, a powerful mutant who absorbs a mysterious cosmic force during a space recovery mission. The force amplifies her powers to unimaginable levels, causing her to lose control unleashing the Dark Phoenix. What happens as a result is what the film is all about.
The execution of X-Men: Dark Phoenix doesn’t live up to the standards of the previous film. Sophie as the Dark Phoenix is one of the high points of the films. She beautifully conveys the vulnerable aspects of Jean and the powerful persona of the Dark Phoenix. All mutants — thought they have less screen time — as well as Vuk (Jessica Chastain) the manipulating alien deliver good performances.
The low point of the film includes its script and predictability. The script is neither exciting nor new. The film is pretty predictable and the action sequences are not out of the box. Some scenes seem rushed as well. A weak screenplay with some clunky dialogue makes the film a bit of a bore.
We give X-Men: Dark Phoenix 2.5 stars.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix releases in India and UK today, June 5, in Australia on June 6 and in the US on June 7.