Film Preview: Dark Phoenix (2019)

Page Revisions:

(September 30, 2018) Original
(March 3, 2019) New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#1-#2)
(April 21, 2019) New Trailer (#3) / New Posters (#3-#4)

Release Date:

June 7, 2019


From IMDb: “Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world.”

Poster Rating: C+ / B- / C / C-

Review: (#1) In silhouette with a cheap “X” in the background are combined with little effect. (#2) The “X” references are fitting, though weakly executed and the imagery that goes with them isn’t the best, but isn’t bad from a visual and color balance perspective.

(#3) It’s chaotic, which feels appropriate, it’s fiery, which is also appropriate, but it’s also not as interesting as it wants to be. (#4) The fire in her eyes looks interesting, but that’s not enough to be a good design.

Trailer Rating: B+ / B- / B+

Review: (#1) There are some very enticing moments in this trailer, but it also feels like a formula at this point, throwing too many images at the audience in hopes they pick up on something need, but otherwise assaulting their senses in a way that’s supposed to tell them this will be exciting, but which don’t look terribly different than anything we’ve seen before.

(#2) As big a fan as one can be of these X-Men films, this trailer looks a bit disappointing. While there are quite a few stunning moments visually, the whole thing looks a tad predictable and a bit less than appealing.

(#3) Plenty of action, lots of attention to our characters, and the suggestion that we have a compelling internal-conflict event going on that might just bring to an (unfortunate) end the entirety of the X-Men Universe.

Oscar Prospects:

Its visual effects could be Oscar material, but the X-Men franchise hasn’t always been the most Oscar successful.

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Trailer #3


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