Men: Dark Phoenix is absolutely bombing at the box office


X-Men: Dark Phoenix is on track to have the worst opening in the history of the franchise.

The trailers for Phoenix already not-so-subtly alluded to this but about 30 minutes into the film Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique is accidentally killed by Jean Grey (Sophie Turner).

Instead we have Dark Phoenix, the latest in a long line of X-Men movies (for Fox, who were only recently acquired by Marvel/Disney), jumping back, then forward, then back in a timeline I'm not even going to begin to try to explain. Most of all, though, she's angry. However, in the film, there is none of that context. Previous to this, the lowest opening for an "X-Men" movie was 2013's "The Wolverine" with $US53.1 million.

That's a lot of story; four years of it, in fact, stretching from 1976 to 1980 in the pages of Uncanny X-Men.

Finally "Captain Marvel" also includes many light and amusing moments, while "Dark Phoenix" only achieves semi-solemnity when it's trying to be upbeat.

It constantly throws new elements at you and expects you to keep up with its nonsense plot.

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Since her character is fighting between two personalities (Jean Grey and Dark Phoenix) throughout the film, Sophie Turner had to find ways to fully embody someone living with mental illness. The main focus is Jean's struggle to control the Phienox Force and Jessica Chastain's crew trying to use her to control it for themselves. "But it was more important to her that she die ... a human".

"I sent her books, articles and videos about people suffering from schizophrenia, dissociative identity disorder, multiple personality disorder.", he continues. She is credited as a producer on all of those films but sounds just as disappointed as fans. If you have enough time to spare might as well give Disney's Aladdin a try but strictly avoid Dark Phoenix.

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Just like in The Last Stand, we start off Dark Phoenix with a young Jean Grey, too powerful for her own good and not in control of her abilities, leading to an accident. Part of that was the end is a little intense and it doesn't feel like you should go to a tag. That was also a bleak film, far more so than "Dark Phoenix". There are a couple of theoretically cool fights, but it is muddled by the shaky camera and jump cuts so viewers can't really see any of them.

This is especially evident in the ensuing head-to-head conflict between Team Magneto and Team Professor X. It's a conflict that, as in any X-Men film, is to be expected, but all the iterations of this battle have rendered it tedious. It is the culmination of 20 years of X-Men movies, as the family of mutants that we've come to know and love must face their most devastating enemy yet - one of their own.