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I just watched this on the plane while travelling last night. I have heard really bad things about this movie, so going in my expectations were low. I was pleasantly surprised that this movie was a lot better than everyone was saying it was.
First off, this was kind of a remake of X-Men III The Last Stand, which was the absolute worst of any of the X-Men movies. Dark Pheonix was a hell of a lot better and an enjoyable movie.
Now, I like superhero movies but I am not one of those that ever read the comics growing up so how this holds up to X-men canon I do not know. To me, this gave a better story of who Pheonix was, what happened when she was young, what happened to make her lose control now.
This movie (spoiler alert) has a death of a well-known character in it. This was handled much better in Dark Pheonix than in The Last Stand because, unlike The Last Stand, all deaths of X-men took place on the screen.
I enjoyed how much Storm was used in this movie. I have always felt that Storm was really underused in the other X-Men films, the first few in particular.
This was the younger cast from the younger timeline and I thought they did a good job. I mean, it is hard to follow Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, Halle Berry but they all played the characters well. Wolverine was noticeably missing (not sure why) but maybe it is a good thing, Hugh Jackman was so great as Wolverine in the past movies that it would be hard for another actor to fill those shoes.
This movie also ended much more optimistically than The Last Stand (I always felt like The Last Stand was (spoiler alert) a movie where they thought the were never going to make another X-Men film so they just casually killed off well-known characters left and right without hesitation).
In this movie, (spoiler alert), only one main character really dies. I was surprised at who dies though (spoiler alert), I am a casual fan, but I am pretty sure this person leaves the X-men to join Magneto later in the comics, in the movies we have seen on screen that is the case too so I am not sure I like that they killed that character off, it is confusing to me. But I just have to say, well, it's only a movie so I guess I don't have to take it that seriously.
My one complaint about the movie, which is why I dropped a half star off, is once again, we have left-wing anti-men feminist propaganda in the film. Thankfully, it is only in a very brief scene or two. The main scene is where (spoiler alert) the women are complaining that they are always the ones rescuing the men and suggest that they should perhaps rename the group to X-Women. Then they make Pheonix's dad look like a deadbeat dad (not sure if it is just coincidence). Anyway, people these days are getting pretty sick of this left-wing feminist propaganda in their films. Really, if you want to empower women, just have strong female characters do great things, stop bashing on the men to try to make them look better and stop trying to spread you far-left feminist propaganda. We all, men and women both, just want to be entertained not lectured to when we see a movie. At least this movie was not ruined by it (unlike quite a few other movies out recently that were because they focused on that more than a good story).
That being said, I enjoyed this movie and thought it was well done and certainly met my expectations, maybe even exceeded it a bit, for what a decent X-Men movie should be.
Special effects were great! That's about all good I can say about the movie. Spoiler Alert: Killing John Connor off at the start of the movie before he could become leader of the resistance is blasphemy!. The rest of the movie was just a rehash of the first couple of movies, many of the scenes were very similar The original couple of films were way better and original for their time, I'd rather re-watch those.
I had always looked forward to a movie that actually was set in the future during the war between humans and the machines. Unfortunately, this movie was really kind of boring and lackluster. Save it for a rainy day when there is nothing better to watch.
Terminator 2 was so good that this could not out do it. Nevertheless, this was an enjoyable action movie. Having a female terminator was a fresh spin, and this was okay since it was done at a time before woke politics dominated every movie, so it was just a female terminator without all the political baggage that is ruining many other Hollywood movies today.
It was also nice to see how John Connor ended up reluctantly becoming the leader of humanity as prophesied in the first two films.
This was an awesome movie that created a new idea and a new franchise. I only knocked a half star off because Terminator 2 is so good this one pales i comparison, but for the time this one was made it was fabulous even if the special effects are a bit dated now compared to the later movies.