Dark Phoenix - A franchise at it's best.

Photography: Dark Phoenix

Photography: Dark Phoenix

Welcome back to the latest instalment of the X-Men & what an exciting story there is to be told.

Dark Phoenix revolves around the X-Men’s most powerful mutant, Jean Grey, who may possibly be the most powerful mutant that will ever be, although, time will tell.

I felt as though Dark Phoenix stayed as true to the original comic books/cartoons as it possibly could. There was a scene where Charles Xavier and The Beast have an emotional conversation/argument & at first, it came across as cheesy and I didn’t think the two respective actors, James McAvoy and Nicholas Hoult, could pull it off. However, as the dialogue between the two progressed, I accepted/realised that what I was watching was in fact something that seemed very similar, if not identical, to the cartoons I use to watch all those years ago. Let’s not forget, the X-Men came from a comic book, then the cartoons swiftly followed, which painted the picture/set the precedent for how Stan Lee wanted them to be/come across to it’s viewers, so Dark Phoenix, to me, is as close to the original X-Men as I’ve ever seen them & I have huge respect for the director, Simon Kinberg.

Jean Grey is played by Sophie Turner & she does a sterling job. The chemistry between her and Scott, played by Tye Sheridan, is as lovey-dovey as ever and I expected nothing less. If I was going to nit-pick/hyper critical, then I will say that Sophie Turner has the tiniest bit of work to do when she throws her hands forward to display her powers. I feel that has to be the most easiest thing to get wrong, for anyone, so I’m not highlighting that as a major flaw or even a mild one, but it does need a tad bit of work to make it a bit more convincing. Apart from that minuscule critique, Sophie Turner’s performance was excellent & she appears to have settled into the role remarkably well.

The entire cast have been well chosen in these new X-Men movies. The actors chosen for Charles Xavier & Magneto’s characters have been spot on. Michael Fassbender has a gravitating quality to him & I’m always impressed by his performances. James McAvoy is a solid actor & gives the impression he has decades of experience, yet he is still very young in the grand scheme of things.

Nicholas Hoult is forever a joy to watch, no matter which character he takes on & I have no doubt in my mind he will make a great James Bond one day. Alexandra Shipp, who plays Storm, fitted the bill perfectly & with such big boots to fill, I’m still a little confused as to why I feel I still don’t really know her? There’s some definite character development that needs to take place, so I look forward to seeing that when/if it happens. Both Quicksilver, played by Evan Peters & Nightcrawler, played by Kodi Smit-McPhee, are, in my opinion, unsung hero’s. They add more depth, quality & I feel as if I have a relationship/formed a bond with both of them, which is how it should be (*cough*.. Storm, anyone?).

Dark Phoenix has one of the, if not, the most cataclysmic and intense fighting scenes I’ve ever seen. I’m not going to spoil anything for you (obviously, I would never do such a thing), but let’s just say by the time this fight came to be, even I, myself, were ready for battle in my recliner seat at the Odeon in Bournemouth. I’m not sure how much assistance I could have offered the X-Men, but I was ready for battle & that’s all that matters.

I could write about the X-Men all day long, because it brings back all of my childhood memories. Nearly every single X-Men movie I’ve ever seen has been exciting in some form & that’s why I watch them, no matter what. Some movies have been a lot better than others, but not one has been boring, lacklustre or forgettable. The entire premise of the X-Men is fascinating to me & it truly would be an entirely different world if such humans/mutants existed. Therefore, when such effort has gone into creating a movie like Dark Phoenix, especially when I enjoyed it as much as I did, it gives me that fix of fantasy I always so desperately require.