This phoenix does not rise

14 June 2019
Author   Jackie Wilson Asheeke
There is a reason that X-Men: Dark Phoenix, directed by Simon Kinberg and written by John Byrne and Chris Claremont, is expected to lose US$100 Million after the worst franchise opening franchise ever:  this movie stinks.
Save your money; pass up this one and go see John Wick 3 or the new Godzilla movie instead.  These two movies are franchise series episodes, but they are honestly what they are.  John Wick is a violent hitman/murder fest from start to finish; Godzilla is a loud monster movie where big creatures fight each other and destroy lots of things.  They offer nothing else and they deliver as expected.  This X-man fiasco, however, should be stripped of that series moniker because it pretends to be part of a line of movies about fantastic powers in mutated human beings, but this movie is weirdly on its own, following its own disjointed time line and a story board unique unto itself.  
I think this mistake of a movie got caught up in the sale of its franchise X-men tag from 20th Century Fox to Disney.  Perhaps those making this movie just wanted to get it done with as little fuss, less care for the audience of X-men lovers and for less expense as possible.  It shows.
Jean Grey, a child psychic mutant sent to be raised at Professor Charles Xavier’s school for gifted children (i.e., mutant kids), grows up to be an X-man and goes to space to save a space shuttle.  Unfortunately, she gets blasted with the power of a sentient sun flare called the Phoenix.  She then begins to develop incredible powers that turn her into a Dark Phoenix and she kills lots of people. Strange creatures from outer space who want the phoenix’s powers try to sway Jean to their side.  That doesn’t work and they end up fighting the X-men and Jean and get defeated.  Jean apparently is ‘dead’ too even though she won the fight.  However, the movie suggests that she is not really gone, only transformed into the phoenix.  This movie is so badly written, that I don’t really care what happens her.
The Sophie Turner-led (she is Sansa Stark from Game of Thrones, but plays Jean Grey) movie did top the global charts with $140 million USD, but the amount is significantly lower than its predecessors. X-Men: Days of Future Past made $262.9 million USD worldwide on opening weekend, and Logan followed closely with $247.4 million USD.
For those of us who watched the July 2000 opening of the first movie in the series, X-men, this slap-dash movie kills characters in the past who have major roles in future film plotlines (everything takes place in 1992 in this new movie), features events out of sequence, impossible aging of the lead characters vis-à-vis other X-men movies and has a rather unbelievable storyline.
There are different X-men in different movies, yet, nothing matches.  The writers of this one must never have watched the other X-men movies.  They just wrote what they wanted.  Skip Dark Phoenix, it does not rise to the X-men superhero movie standard.


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