Now that the Avengers capped off their story arc with Avengers: Endgame, I went in search of more superhero/comic-book movie goodness. With the release of Dark Phoenix, my brother and I decided we wanted to go through all of the X-Men movies. I’d seen the “original” movies with Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellan, and Hugh Jackman, but it had been YEARS, and I remembered nothing. Not knowing a whole lot about the franchise, we decided to start with the James McAvoy/Michael Fassbender installments.
This isn’t going to be a wonderful, informational post that will tell you what order to watch these movies. Be great if I did that, but I’m a lazy sack of shit. Instead, I’m going to throw my reviews up on here out of order and hope for the best. Normally, I’d love to write a post after each movie, but I tend to think of ideas after I’ve already started working on something.
In the last few weeks, I’ve watched X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Then, I saw Dark Phoenix in theaters before I could watch Apocalypse (However, I watched Apocalypse the next day.) Despite some early reviews, I LOVED it!
The runtime on this film is 114 minutes (1 hour 54 minutes), but it didn’t feel that way. As the film builds toward the climax onboard a train, I remember sitting in the theatre thinking, “This can’t be it. I’ve only been here an hour!” I think this is a testament to the pacing of this movie. It’s fast-paced and full of really fun action sequences. The gif above is a particular favorite scene of mine.
*side note here* While I loved those fight scenes, those who experience motion sickness easily may have some issues.
Continuing on what I loved about the movie; Sophie Turner! Ah! Like everyone else in the world, Game of Thrones is (was?) my favorite show, and I was eager to see Turner’s performance, especially with an American accent. We have all watched a movie where an actor is struggling with an accent, and it immediately takes us out of the world they’ve tried to create for us. Luckily, Sophie Turner did a believable American accent, and I didn’t really think twice about it after the first five minutes.
I can’t just gush on how much I love Sophie Turner. I gotta get into what I didn’t love about this movie. If you know anything about me, you know I love my villains. A story is only as good as its bad guy. And this one was . . . fine. Jessica Chastain’s alien-esque character (can’t remember her name) is searching for this power that made its way into Jean Grey. And. . . that’s about it? I mean, there was a montage that kinda explained what it was and why Chastain and Co. was looking for it, but it could’ve gone into a little more depth. The motives behind the aliens felt formulaic. “It destroyed my home; I want to harness its power” type of thing. That said, I still liked Chastain’s performance in this one. Her character just needed some better motivation.
With all of the information surrounding the X-Men franchise and whether or not it will be part of Marvel Studios Phase 4 or Phase 5 lineup, for now Dark Phoenix functions as a finale of sorts. Because of this, Jean’s death makes sense. Normally, I hate mc deaths (unless it’s GoT), but this one made sense, and it wraps up Jean’s story nicely. Of course, I would’ve loved more regarding Jean Grey (she’s my favorite X-Men character), but I’ll take what I can get.
I know this movie has its critics, and whether you loved it or hated it, let me know. 🙂