For those who haven’t seen the reviews for Dark Phoenix today…they aren’t good. The film currently stands at a 21% on Rotten Tomatoes with the consensus being the following:
Dark Phoenix ends an era of the X-Men franchise by taking a second stab at adapting a classic comics arc — with deeply disappointing results.
There were a lot of signs that the film wasn’t going to be good, unfortunately. The film was pushed back almost two years with three different release dates. The entire third act was reshot to conclude the current iteration of the X-Men franchise, replacing a space battle with a mere train sequence. On top of that, early promotion immediately revealed that Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique would die in the first act (Okay…that might get people to go to the theater…no offense). The bottom line is that once you see a few common patterns in film, you start to notice similar results. It’s why another upcoming film, Ad Astra, is not looking so good right now either.
Originally, Ad Astra began filming in mid-August 2017 and was set for a January 11, 2019 release date, followed by a May 24th release date. Then, it landed on it’s current release date of September 20th. Director James Gray (Who co-wrote the script with Ethan Gross) teased that the film would be, in his words, “the most realistic depiction of space travel that’s been put in a movie”. With the first trailer released today, in which the September release date seems to have stuck this time, Ad Astra doesn’t look to be anything like what Gray, or the premise, was promising. Check it out below:
Instead of being the brooding, contemplative science fiction film it seemed to be (About a son who goes looking for his father halfway across the solar system), the film seems like it’s going to be action-driven where Brad Pitt will attempt to…stop a terrorist plot?
Despite having a stellar supporting cast ranging from Tommy Lee Jones (As Pitt’s long-lost father) to the always welcome addition of Donald Sutherland (This is starting to feel like a Space Cowboys sequel), the film just does not look up to par. Then again, trailers are deceiving and the film could be getting this kind of advertisement to lure in more general audiences. On September 20th, which hopefully will remain, we’ll find out, won’t we?
Ad Astra co-stars Ruth Negga and Liv Tyler.