X Men: Dark PhoenixMovie Ending Explained (In Detail)

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The signs for X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX Things weren’t going well for a long time, but now the latest and, for now, last part of the mutant saga is proving to be an absolutely confident superhero drama that is particularly convincing with its characters. We reveal more about this in our review.

The Plot Summary

During a life-threatening mission in space, Jean Gray (Sophie Turner) almost loses her life when she absorbs a cosmic being that gives her powers far beyond those possessed by her or any other mutant. After returning to Earth, she fights with these god-like abilities, but the powers within her cannot be tamed. Jean loses control of herself, inflicting pain on those she loves most. Their actions lead to a rift among the X-Men, and the heroes suddenly find themselves confronted with their most dangerous enemy yet – a mutant from their own ranks.

Explanation of the Ending

The “X-Men” series has now been around for almost two decades and has been subject to constant fluctuations in quality. While “Logan” and “Future is Past” are generally considered the strongest films in the mutant universe, “Apocalypse” and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” are also some superhero blockbusters that have really received a beating from critics . The latter also applies to the latest film in the series: “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” – long before the film was even presented to the press, let alone to the audience. One reason for this may be the bumpy production history – the film’s release was postponed several times, most recently in September 2018 – and the trailers, which sell the film well below its value. And so at the time of the Berlin press screening in the run-up to the interviews for “Dark Phoenix” there was general dissatisfaction with the film. So much bias is a shame – and we can give the all-clear at this point: The previously published previews do not do justice to the core of the plot, which, contrary to what is suggested, is much more central than the solid action and is the shift in the film Yes, ultimately just an (admittedly unpleasant) side note anyway. As the conclusion to the mutant universe, “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” doesn’t need to hide.

The entire mutant community tries to convince Jean to do good again…

If the trailers are to be believed, “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” is primarily packed with effects. Of course, in a film in which people with otherworldly abilities are fighting with each other at the home stretch, you also need them – but that’s what the very first directorial work by screenwriter and film producer Simon Kinberg (also wrote the scripts for “X-Men: Apocalypse “, “The Future is the Past” and “The Last Stand”) are all things that don’t require any computer effects. After a short but haunting opening in space, in which Jean comes into contact with the very dark matter that later gives her gigantic powers, the resulting conflict plays out less on a physical than on an emotional level. In particular, Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), who fears for the reputation of the mutant community, comes into focus and later even falls into disrepute, being more interested in his own (hero) image than in the safety of his team. The contradictions of his character and his plans are at times even more exciting than the actual main character, because even if “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner embodies the inner turmoil of Jean, who is hopelessly overwhelmed with her strength, in a believable and emotionally stirring way, her statements and actions are unsound not half as surprising as her mentor’s. With the exception of one scene in which Simon Kinberg is pleasantly consistent not only in terms of content but also visually. Just this much: Not everyone will survive the events…

Along with Charles Xavier and Jean Grey, Erik Lehnsherr aka Magneto (Michael Fassbender) gets the most attention. Torn away from his self-chosen life of seclusion, he has very personal reasons for finding the ‘Dark Phoenix’. Due to the different interests within the must be saved. In the case of “X-Men: Dark Phoenix”, you can feel this especially in the appearances of Jessica Chastain (“Molly’s Game”) embodied opponent Vuk feel like a foreign body. “Dark Phoenix” is one of those films that would have worked even better without a classic antagonist; So there are at least deductions in the B grade, because the motives of the pale aliens are at least understandable and without them a big action scene in the last third of the film wouldn’t look half as spectacular as it does now.

What plans does Vuk (Jessica Chastain) have for Jean (Sophie Turner)?

Simon Kinberg, both as a director and as a writer, benefits greatly from the different skills and characteristics of his heroes. Although the finale of “Dark Phoenix” tends towards CGI overkill, cameraman Mauro Fiore saves the day (“The glory seven”) Large parts of the scenes with an overview and Kinberg ensures that he makes the choreographies as varied as possible. Here you can slash, shoot, fight and, above all, make use of your varied mutant abilities. In addition, Kinberg pushes the PG-13 rating or the FSK rating for ages 12 and up as much as possible in order to be able to present broken bones and bloody impalings in close-up, at least for a short time. Composer icon Hans Zimmer underlines the whole thing with an extra driving score without drifting into too trashy “Illuminati” territory. And if you finally take another look at the cast list, it’s quite remarkable who emerged from the once small “X-Men” series: James McAvoy (“Glass”)Michael Fassbender (“Song to Song”)Jennifer Lawrence (“mother!”) and Nicholas Hoult (“Mad Max: Fury Road”) are now world stars who still perform here with exactly the same fervor as in their early days. The no less capable Evan Peters (“Elvis & Nixon”)Kodi Smit-McPhee (“Alpha”)Alexandra Shipp (“Love, Simon”) and last but not least, Sophie Turner couldn’t have done it better.

Conclusion: Even if “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” does not necessarily need a classic villain and the finale would have benefited from a reduction in computer effects, the last film from the mutant universe for the time being is a successful emotional examination of internal conflicts that opens up many new approaches to discussion offers well-known characters and is also pleasantly entertaining.

“X-Men: Dark Phoenix” can be seen in USA cinemas nationwide from June 6th – also in 3D.

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