After several delays, Dark Phoenix finally landed in theaters. The criticisms were brutal, describing them as "truly terrible", "without joy" and "a lot of nothing".
Currently, the film is at 22% in Rotten Tomatoes, the lowest X-Men series, even below X-Men Origins: Wolverine (37%) X-Men: Apocalypse (47%) and X-Men: The Last Stand (57%). Does not look good on the money side of things too, like Shadowy phoenix is facing big losses at the box office, making it unlikely to make a profit when all is said and done.
With tearing critics and fans not knocking the theaters to watch it, it seems that Fox X-Men will come out in a groan rather than a cosmic crash before joining Marvel's cinematic universe. It's a pity, really, since the film is far from terrible and deserved much more love than what it did.
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Unfortunately, many people – critics and fans – had their knives sharpened by Shadowy phoenix a long time ago. At one point, the hatred for this movie was out of control and everything associated with it was dragged by the mud. Unfortunately, no matter what the studio or filmmakers did, opinions would not be influenced once minds were invented. If there is one thing we learn about the internet, it is that people will duplicate their opinions rather than considering alternative possibilities.
Realistically, Shadowy phoenix is a mediocre superhero adventure, neither sensational nor terrible. It is useful and fun, with an excellent score from Hans Zimmer as it expands more on Phoenix knowledge than X-Men: The Last Stand did. In fact, it's a top film on all fronts, as it at least tries to honor the original material instead of turning it into the Wolverine show. Of course, it is not as grandiose or seismic as The Black Phoenix Saga comic book or animation program, but this story will always be difficult to adapt, especially if it's about a movie.
Comparing with other films in the X-Men series, was also shortchanged in the review department. For example, X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a film that even laughs at, laughing, allowing Deadpool to mock it at every opportunity. It is easily at the lower end of the scale in terms of quality, although it has a higher Rotten Tomatoes score and makes a profit at the end of the day.
Even with X-Men: Apocalypse. If anything, Shadowy phoenix is a step forward, learning from the mistakes of its predecessor and addressing several of the criticisms, that is, much focus on Mystique and not enough on the new generation of X-Men. Of course, this latest film could have featured a better villain, a narrative montage and set the story more in space, but allowed the likes of Storm, Nightcrawler, Cyclops and Jean Gray to truly establish themselves as heroes in this series. This is something that fans have been wanting for a long time.
When it comes to superhero movies, it's tiring how hyperbolic everything is, with only two options: "best of all" or "worst of all." Shadowy phoenix inevitably became a victim of the latter and will be remembered as a failure, due in large part to the noise surrounding it and not the actual quality of the film. Look, he's not an Oscar nominee, but this is a case where the filmmakers and the cast really deserved better from the fans and critics.
Written and directed by Simon Kinberg, Shadowy phoenix stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters and Jessica Chastain.
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