'Dark Phoenix' Review: Fails At The Most Basic Film Storytelling Level

Review: 'Dark Phoenix' shows it's time to turn out the lights on the 'X-Men' franchise

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When Jean declares that her emotions make her powerful, I find myself wondering when we were supposed to feel otherwise? Dark Phoenix is also believed to be the final part of the X-Men series.

As a young girl and then a teenager and young woman, she was a mutant who possessed the power to read minds and move objects with her thoughts. I liked that movie and I like this cast. And then she was hit by a cosmic force that gave her more powers than any mutant in the universe.

That's a lot of story; four years of it, in fact, stretching from 1976 to 1980 in the pages of Uncanny X-Men. They movies have learned to do all the cool visuals with Magneto, Nightcrawler, and Quicksilver, but when it comes to Storm, we can't even have her be strong enough to take down one of Magneto's lackeys?

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To understand what it was like living with split personalities, Turner studied real-world mental illness (schizophrenia and dissociative identity disorder), to best showcase Jean's internal struggle after absorbing the Phoenix Force during a mission in outer space. In the context of the modern media landscape, this could be forgivable, but because of the wealth of stories that the X-Men offer, this lack of originality becomes a grave transgression. It was almost overwhelming, and after that, she used her own psychic powers to lock off portions of the Phoenix's might, protecting her mind from itself.

Dark Phoenix represents a different kind of superhero movie in that its heroes are not invincible.

First there is the infamous 2006 film "X-Men: The Last Stand", of which this movie is practically a remake. Jean wrested control of her actions and went back to earth to visit her family, only to lash out when she sensed they were afraid of her, reverting back to Phoenix. There are a couple of theoretically cool fights, but it is muddled by the shaky camera and jump cuts so viewers can't really see any of them.

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What did you think of Dark Phoenix? Basically, they don't count because they're too good. But Professor X knew a thing or two about Shi'ar legal procedures (from all the time he and Lilandra spent necking, presumably) and invoked the ancient Shi'ar right of trial by combat.

For now, you can catch Dark Phoenix in theaters.

But in the end, neither side won. It is at this point that Jean made a decision to put an end to all the fighting herself - immobilizing Cyclops so that he won't be able to stop her, even as she tearfully explained the conflict in her heart. Turner plays Jean Grey, and it's around Jean that this spinoff is built. That's more than I've said, in general. After 11 movies across 19 years, this genre-starting series about misfits with extraordinary gifts has run its course, this 12th instalment (Dark Phoenix) being the final hurrah for some of the genre's most compelling characters, the House of Mouse now holding the fate of the X-Men in their hands as they look to integrate them into the MCU after years of purgatory at the now defunct 21st Century Fox.

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