Movies on Disney Plus: X-Men: Dark Phoenix
I’m a huge fan of Sophie Turner, so deeming this movie a “skip” hurts me! But it has to be done. X-Men: Dark Phoenix came out in 2019 and was directed by Simon Kinberg. It marks the 12th installment of the X-Men franchise and had a lot of potential going into it. But sadly, there are just too many criticisms to be said to make this a movie worth checking out.
Dark Phoenix follows Jean Grey as she transforms into the titular character, a powerful mutant with psionic powers. Though the cast is impressive and some of the movie’s deeper themes are high points of the movie, the storyline is inconsistent and the pacing sometimes feels very rushed. Some of the character arcs are disappointing, and we still feel like the character Mystique is underutilized.
The movie is a good reminder that even beloved franchises can stumble from time to time.
Movies on Disney Plus: Fantastic Four (and Fantastic Four)
Both Fantastic Four movies, the 2005 one starring Jessica Alba and Chris Evans, and the 2015 one starring Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan, are both available to watch on Disney Plus… and are both worth skipping in our book. Both movies were total critical flops, and the 2015 reboot even lost a ton of money. It was a box office bomb.
The 2005 Fantastic Four was directed by Tim Story and follows the story of the titular group, which features beloved characters Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch, and the Thing. The storytelling is super bland and it’s hard to take the movie seriously, though the latter might work in its favor with those who grew up watching the movie and have a soft spot for it due to nostalgia.
As for the 2015 reboot, it’s even worse than the 2005 one. Directed by Josh Trank, the movie aims to reimagine the story and team of superheroes but there’s really not much good it has going for it. Again, the pacing is off, plus there’s really no character development. Marvel fans who watched were also frustrated with its unfaithfulness to the source material.
The MCU will be bringing the Fantastic Four into the fold with a new movie, which is set to be released in 2025. Hopefully, that one will be better.