‘Dark Phoenix’: Let’s Talk about Unearned Resolution

Collider | 6/7/2019 | Matt Goldberg
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Spoilers ahead for Dark Phoenix.

Dark Phoenix is a movie that doesn’t really work on any level. Even by its own metric where in the opening voice over, Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) asks who we’re meant to be and if we can evolve, the film doesn’t really have an answer. Because we never really get to know who Jean Grey is beyond someone who had a traumatic past, the best the film can offer is a limp, “Embrace your emotions, love your family, and sacrifice for the greater good.” Jean’s “evolution” is that she has to face her past trauma, gets an apology from Xavier (James McAvoy), and then dies in order to stop the bad guy, Vuk (Jessica Chastain). That’s an incredibly weak resolution to its own question of who Jean Grey is/was or what her evolution entailed.

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But that’s not the last scene of the movie. The last scene is this bizarre button that belongs from a different movie with different leads. The final scene has Xavier, now retired from being the head of Xavier’s School for Gifted Children (renamed the Jean Grey School for Gifted Children) and quietly enjoying retirement at a Parisian café. There he’s greeted by Magneto (Michael Fassbender), who offers Xavier a home in his little commune and also a game of chess. After declining the game, Charles reluctantly accepts, and they start to play again. Overhead, we see the Phoenix/Jean re-enter the atmosphere for a movie that will never happen.

Setting aside the Phoenix, this scene is completely unearned. It’s clear that for writer-director Simon Kinberg, this is...
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