Monday, June 17, 2019     Volume: 20, Issue: 15
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
A DOG’S JOURNEY
ALADDIN
AVENGERS: ENDGAME
BINGEABLE: Barry
BINGEABLE: FAERIE TALE THEATRE
BINGEABLE: FLEABAG
BINGEABLE: Green Porno
BINGEABLE: RUSSIAN DOLL
BINGEABLE: STREET FOOD
BLAST FROM THE PAST: GODSPELL
BLAST FROM THE PAST: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
BOOKSMART
CAPTAIN MARVEL
DARK PHOENIX
EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL, AND VILE
GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS
HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3—PARABELLUM
MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL
ROCKETMAN
SHAFT
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2
UNDERRATED: THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL
UNDERRATED: THE COLOR OF FRIENDSHIP

DARK PHOENIX

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DARK PHOENIX


Where is it playing?: Santa Maria 14, Parks Plaza

What's it rated?: PG-13

User Rating: 0.00 (0 Votes)

Simon Kinberg directs this X-Men sci-fi adventure about Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), who develops overwhelming powers that threaten humanity. Where do her fellow X-Men’s allegiances lie, with Jean or mankind?

I’ve always liked the X-Men premise. It touches on the next step of human evolution as well racism and scapegoating, two topical societal woes. While this film also explores those themes, it does it in a ham-fisted way. The film is more interested in exploring Charles Xavier’s (James McAvoy) “I know what’s best for mutants” hubris—also handled ham-fistedly—and the X-Men saving humanity from space aliens. Yes, there are space aliens. Groan.

Following the excellence of Logan (2017) or even the hilarious side story of Deadpool 2 (2018), Dark Phoenix is sorely disappointing.

After the obligatory backstory about how Jean Grey came into Xavier’s care as a child, she and some other X-Men are sent into space to rescue an endangered NASA mission that’s encountered what’s supposed to be a solar flare but instead is a mysterious cosmic force, which Jean internalizes, becoming unfathomably powerful.

Long story short, Jean’s new uncontrollable powers are sought by said shape-shifting space aliens. She has a falling out with Xavier and destroys some stuff, putting government operatives on her trail, so she seeks refuge with Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto (Michael Fassbender), who frankly doesn’t want the trouble, and then it all goes to hell as Xavier and his X-Men, the government ops, Magneto and his crew, and the shape-shifting aliens all descend on Grey in an incoherent mess of a battle, led by head alien Vuk (Jessica Chastain), to kill Jean and take the power.

These surprisingly good cast members—which also includes Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy/Beast, Jennifer Lawrence as Raven/Mystique, Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers/Cyclops, Evan Peters as Peter Maximoff/Quicksilver, and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler—are wasted on this substandard adaptation of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s comic books.

If you’re an X-Men fan, wait to stream this hot mess, but to be honest, if I’d never seen it, I would care a whit. It’s terrible. (113 min.)

Sun Screen is written by New Times Senior Staff Writer Glen Starkey and his wife, Anna. Comment at gstarkey@newtimesslo.com.




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