The movie "X-Men: Dark Phoenix" is the return of mutants to the cinema. The film starring British star Sophie Turner has already been seen by movie critics, and they have already given their verdict. It seems that this film is not up to the previous films.
The "X-Men" came to the big screen at the beginning of the year 2000, and immediately were placed as one of the successes of 20th Century Fox. Almost 20 years later, the last film of this saga has not convinced at all to Film critics.
The intention of Simon Kinberg (director of X-Men: Dark Phoenix and screenwriter of some franchise precedents such as Revelation and Days of the Future Past) was to deliver a closing worthy of the saga. The interview director even confessed that he wanted to achieve what was done with Logan, with which we obtained a memorable farewell for Wolverine. However, Dark Phoenix remained in the attempt of an innovation in the issue of female empowerment, with unfinished narrative arcs and some embarrassing sequences.
The director did not want to fall into the same mistakes that Bryan Singer made in X-Men Revelation: an excessive use of special effects with a plot and very neglected acting direction. And indeed, that constant attempt to deepen each of the characters is felt throughout the film, but does not end up fitting together.
On the one hand, he tries to humanize Jean (Sophie Turner) by giving her sensitivity with thoughtful and moving dialogues about the family. While another favorite character, Professor Charles (James McAvoy), is also in constant self-criticism. However, both introspections end up feeling superficial because the plot does not support these dialogues and reflections.
Charles tried to "save" Jean from the monster that memories can become. Her memories were only cause of pain and suffering, feelings that made her lose control of her power and ended up damaging her loved ones. Although Charles's main intention was to protect the students and Jean herself from her power, he made a counterproductive decision that eventually unleashed the uncontrollable anger of the young mutant.
That human part was very little deepened despite being the root of the problem. While the action sequences did not help raise the weakness of the drama. Some scenes - especially one of the key moments in which Vuk (Jessica Chastain) and Jean fight Professor Charles - fall back on the excessive use of CGI which ends up ridiculing the characters. This happens particularly in those that develop in space and that give the feeling of being inside a dome in a children's science museum.
Interestingly, in contrast to the lousy action scenes, what manages to keep up with the tape - because at least, it is not boring - are the main clashes between Jean and the alien race that seeks to corrupt peace on Earth. The special effects, as well as the direction in each one of the movements of the characters, achieves a suspense like any close and unpredictable confrontation.
However, beyond the technical errors, it also ridicules the most beloved characters for the easy resolutions in the plot that are also incoherent. Vuk, the character of Chastain, struggles throughout the film to gain total control of Jean's power and from one moment to another, in the simplest way, she achieves her goal. To be frank, it feels somewhat disappointing that this is the climax of an X-Men movie.
The same goes for Magneto and Professor Charles. The rivalry between both characters has always been an important moment in the saga. It is clear that in this movie Kinberg wanted to give that prominence to women. However, by substracting strength from Charles and Magneto, the tension disappears into two characters (Jean and Vuk) who have not built a rivalry that is at the same height. They fail to transmit the tension that at some point the mutant duo reached.
Dark Phoenix is far from humanizing its characters as Logan did, and neither could it conquer comic book lovers due to the drastic changes in the original characters and story. Even so, it is a film that, despite everything, maintains a constant rhythm from beginning to end.