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X-Men: Dark Phoenix Review

. Saturday, 8 June 2019 .


It started with a simple question on an Electric Kiwi Facebook post: Why should we choose you and who would you take?




I decided the best thing I could do was to be honest so I tagged one of my bffs and replied with "And I want to go because I'm thirsty for Nicholas Hoult *insert crying laughing emoji*




I mean, that was a good enough reason, right? And so the thirst gods looked down on me on that fateful day, decided that I was the chosen won, and on Monday aftertnoon my fate was sealed. I was heading to X-Men Dark Phoenix thanks to that random entry generator and Electric Kiwi.




Is there anything better than a mid-week movie? I think not. I love when screenings happen on a school night - having something to look forward to after a long day at work, immersing yourself in quite literally, another world, for a few hours or so. X-Men: Dark Phoenix was exactly that kind of film.


X-Men: Dark Phoenix is the thrilling conclusion to the X-Men series and focuses on Jean Grey's story after being struck by a powerful force while on a mission in space. As the most powerful mutant of all, Jean must face her inner demons before it's too late.



It's a hero/anti-hero synopsis that I find interesting because often, the greatest battles that take place are the ones inside of us. Needless to say, after a great game of bowling with the Electric Kiwi team (I was terrible but the fries were delicious), I was so excited to see this!


Majority of the reviews I've read so far are pretty negative. Critics have argued that it was pointless, a disappointing conclusion to the saga. That the film really didn't have a storyline or clear narrative. I think if you're a super fan of the X-Men franchise, it's easy to have high expectations. After all, wasn't this their big finale? I think while it lacked those big, action packed scenes, the movie is ultimately about Jean Grey's inner turmoil. She was battling something within her, and that's a hard sequence to depict on film and to do it with justice.


I'm coming at this from a not so die hard X-Men franchise fan perspective who appreciates strong characters and a storyline that's entertaining and easy to follow. Perhaps this makes me unqualified to review the film or at the very least, not the best person to chat to about it. But I did enjoy it and think that it could be a standalone film to see even if you're unfamiliar with the franchise.




It played on themes like choice, freedom, and the many shapes and sizes that make up a family. It was arguably shorter for a final film of a massive franchise, but I think that all came down to the film's narrative. I think the best parts of it was not the big fight sequences but the more sombre, vulnerable parts. It's not enough you see superheroes really embracing their vulnerability and humanity, but X-Men: Dark Phoenix gave us that.




Is it one those poignant films that defines a generation or immortalises our current time? Probably not. It is the kind of film, though, that is immersive enough to hold your attention throughout its 1hr 54m running time. The characters are strong albeit a little underdeveloped (especially the rest of the X-Men ensemble although I do understand that this film is all about Jean Grey's story so naturally this would be the case) with enough twist and turns there that I didn't expect. It's a film that is surprisingly more emotional than it is action-packed, and perhaps a great date night film that's got something for everyone.


X-Men: Dark Phoenix is out in cinemas now. Watch the trailer here.




Thanks again to Electric Kiwi for the invite and 20th Century Fox NZ for supplying images for this review.


It started with a simple question on an Electric Kiwi Facebook post: Why should we choose you and who would you take?




I decided the best thing I could do was to be honest so I tagged one of my bffs and replied with "And I want to go because I'm thirsty for Nicholas Hoult *insert crying laughing emoji*




I mean, that was a good enough reason, right? And so the thirst gods looked down on me on that fateful day, decided that I was the chosen won, and on Monday aftertnoon my fate was sealed. I was heading to X-Men Dark Phoenix thanks to that random entry generator and Electric Kiwi.




Is there anything better than a mid-week movie? I think not. I love when screenings happen on a school night - having something to look forward to after a long day at work, immersing yourself in quite literally, another world, for a few hours or so. X-Men: Dark Phoenix was exactly that kind of film.


X-Men: Dark Phoenix is the thrilling conclusion to the X-Men series and focuses on Jean Grey's story after being struck by a powerful force while on a mission in space. As the most powerful mutant of all, Jean must face her inner demons before it's too late.



It's a hero/anti-hero synopsis that I find interesting because often, the greatest battles that take place are the ones inside of us. Needless to say, after a great game of bowling with the Electric Kiwi team (I was terrible but the fries were delicious), I was so excited to see this!


Majority of the reviews I've read so far are pretty negative. Critics have argued that it was pointless, a disappointing conclusion to the saga. That the film really didn't have a storyline or clear narrative. I think if you're a super fan of the X-Men franchise, it's easy to have high expectations. After all, wasn't this their big finale? I think while it lacked those big, action packed scenes, the movie is ultimately about Jean Grey's inner turmoil. She was battling something within her, and that's a hard sequence to depict on film and to do it with justice.


I'm coming at this from a not so die hard X-Men franchise fan perspective who appreciates strong characters and a storyline that's entertaining and easy to follow. Perhaps this makes me unqualified to review the film or at the very least, not the best person to chat to about it. But I did enjoy it and think that it could be a standalone film to see even if you're unfamiliar with the franchise.




It played on themes like choice, freedom, and the many shapes and sizes that make up a family. It was arguably shorter for a final film of a massive franchise, but I think that all came down to the film's narrative. I think the best parts of it was not the big fight sequences but the more sombre, vulnerable parts. It's not enough you see superheroes really embracing their vulnerability and humanity, but X-Men: Dark Phoenix gave us that.




Is it one those poignant films that defines a generation or immortalises our current time? Probably not. It is the kind of film, though, that is immersive enough to hold your attention throughout its 1hr 54m running time. The characters are strong albeit a little underdeveloped (especially the rest of the X-Men ensemble although I do understand that this film is all about Jean Grey's story so naturally this would be the case) with enough twist and turns there that I didn't expect. It's a film that is surprisingly more emotional than it is action-packed, and perhaps a great date night film that's got something for everyone.


X-Men: Dark Phoenix is out in cinemas now. Watch the trailer here.




Thanks again to Electric Kiwi for the invite and 20th Century Fox NZ for supplying images for this review.

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