Sophie Turner is a much loved star from the massive TV phenomenon Game of Thrones. Many people didn’t know that this is actually her second X-Men movie reprising the role of Jean Grey a.k.a Dark Phoenix after X-Men: Apocalypse. However this latest installment of the X-Men franchise is just flat from start to finish. The movie was so disappointing as the X-Men series has always been the smartest, most sophisticated of today’s action-hero movies which is mainly down to Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) who has mind-control abilities just make mental powers seen dreary and then Magneto (Michael Fassbender) who has the ability to move giant chunks of metal. They just didn’t play enough on that especially the togetherness of the past from the previous movies.
The best parts of the movie have to involve Sophie Turner (although I am critical of the script) I felt she done the best that she could with what she had. I had to constantly remember that the majority of her scenes would have simply been within a green screen studio and I take my hat off to any actor who can act within a scenario that doesn’t exist. Sophie Turner was a breathe of fresh air in this movie as a lead-role and I cannot wait to see the 23 year old in more blockbuster movies to come.
The special effects for Sophie Turner herself were great especially zero gravity effect on her hair! There was one shot in particular that I liked with the camera panning above the train and you can only see whats happening through the various holes in the roof. There was some moments of brilliance in the effects but there also was some shocking moments but more on that later. The cast was a big plus including; Sophie Turner, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Nicholas Hoult to name just a few, I think they all did great with what they had from a dreary script.
The things I disliked have to start with script as I said previously I felt Sophie Turner along with the majority of the cast did very well considering how poor their script actually was. There was a lack of ingrained connections that previously have made them a team in the past movies. I felt the story arc was way to straightforward and wasn’t an arc at all. We have a short flashback to a traumatic time in Jean’s childhood and then jump a decade after X-Men: Apocalypse where we see the X-Men launched on a mission into space. I just felt the script was too obvious as the movie progressed and everything just became way to predictable.
The effects were really bad in some scenes and not even comparable to Avengers: Endgame for reference. With a budget of $200 million for Dark Phoenix and $356 million for Endgame this really showed by the lack of investment shown from the studio. I think it was just setup to fail and with the introduction of Sophie Turner coming off the final Game of Thrones season they relied heavily on her fanbase to create some hype. It just didn’t work.
To conclude my review I have to give one star for the cast having to deal with a bad script and make the best of it. Another star would have to be for the effects on Sophie Turner herself I particularly liked the zero-gravity hair and her veins lighting up! I really disliked the script and the massive gap of budget between Endgame was really apparent when it come to the visual effects. If you have to see this movie try and close your eyes in my opinion as you won’t miss much.
Now that Disney have bought Fox, Dark Phoenix could very well be the last X-Men movie of this series. I for one am all for Disney resurrecting this series and maybe involving them as part of the MCU in the future. Who knows but exciting times to come I’m sure in the world of superhero movies.