Friday, April 21, 2023

Podcast: Dark Phoenix (2019)

Your Stupid Minds comes at you with our fifth X-Men related movie, this time it’s the 2019 flop Dark Phoenix, another halfhearted attempt to adapt the Dark Phoenix saga without bothering with the Phoenix saga.

The X-Men are assigned a mission by the president to save some astronauts stuck in space. Though the mission is successful, Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) is blasted with an evil space cloud that starts to make her act cool. However, the coolness goes too far when she can’t control her new power. She tries to learn more about her past, and comes across Magneto’s (Michael Fassbender) mutant island sanctuary of Genosha (though in this movie it looks like a small plot of land in western Connecticut).

Meanwhile, Vuk (Jessica Chastain), a shapeshifting alien of the D’Bari race, is looking for Jean so she can... take the power, harness the power, trick Jean into helping her? It isn’t entire clear. But she’s evil.

Can the X-Men save Jean, or will this conflict tear them apart? Will Disney reboot the franchise after their Fox acquisition? How many times can we predict the second part of every line in this movie? How much was Hans Zimmer paid for this killer score? You’ll have to listen to find out (though we don’t answer most of these questions).

Also a quick update: Your Stupid Minds will be at this year’s Comicpalooza in Houston, Texas, to discuss Halle Berry’s Catwoman LIVE! The convention is Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28, so come check us out!

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