SM Director’s Club Cinema offers complete X-Men experience for the family

Almost two decades ago, movie-lovers and comic fans alike first witnessed Stan Lee’s X-Men come to life in the silver screen. Since then, the movie adaptation the superhero comic series has established a cult following making it an enduring superhero film franchise. After eleven movies, this sci-fi array concludes its action and drama-packed storyline with the rise of X-Men: Dark Phoenix. 

In this superhero blockbuster, the X-Men are embarking on a rescue mission in space after a cosmic force hits Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) causing her to lose control of her abilities and become one of the most powerful and dangerous mutants in the world. As Jean wrestles with her inner demons and unstable powers, it is up to her teammates, her chosen family for almost a decade – the X-Men – to stop her rampage, lest she destroys everything in her path.

What better way to see the epic finale of this well-loved superhero movie than in a premiere cinema? There is nothing like seeing mutant humans blasting laser beams and squalling telekinetic powers on a sizable movie screen while seated in an extra comfortable seat and munching on movie theater snacks. 

Director’s Club by SM Cinema takes watching movies up a notch with its La-Z-Boy chairs, in-your-seat butler service and state-of-the-art projection system. Snack Time also offers a wide array of food including Bacon-wrapped German Frank Sandwich, Aloha Hotdog Sandwich, Cheeseburger, Beef Nachos and Flavored Fries makes watching movies extra fun. 

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is now showing at SM Cinema’s 64 branches, or at IMAX and Director’s Club Cinemas nationwide. Book your tickets through the website, www.smcinema.com or download the SM Cinema mobile app. You can also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for updates. Satisfy your cravings at Snack Time, the official food concessionaire of SM Cinema, which offers a wide array of snacks like popcorn, hotdogs and burgers to complement your movie watching experience. Follow SnackTimeOfficial on Facebook for more information.

‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ review: Fiery finale of overly familiar franchise

X-Men: Dark Phoenix may follow a predictable storyline but its fiery conclusion should surprise you at the last minute.

X-Men Dark Phoenix is the twelfth installment to the X-Men franchise, and it serves as a direct sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse. The film is set in the early 90’s, a time in history where normal humans have started to accept mutants as part of society. Professor Charles Xavier, founder and head of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, is the leading figure for the mutants’ cause. Charles has created good relations with the U.S. government by giving the X-Men a positive, hero-like image, and in some instances, they’re even perceived as celebrities. However, all of that will be put to risk when young Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) acquires an incredible increase in her mutant powers via a freak accident during their space rescue mission. Jean’s new powers come at a deadly cost as she becomes an uncontrollable and extremely violent threat. The rise of ‘The Phoenix’ is the film’s central arc that serves a decent tribute to the classic comic saga.

With a lot of film and TV franchises ending this year, Fox gives its loyal fans a fitting conclusion to hold on to. In a way, it can work as an antidote to the emotional high we got from Avengers: Endgame and the polarizing feel that we have from Game of Thrones. Notwithstanding its messy screenplay and direction, Dark Phoenix doesn’t completely feel bad. Despite the early backlash, this will be appreciated more over time for how different and ballsy it is. It’s direction is done in such a tonal and stylistic manner that we don’t usually get in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) battles with her inner demons in ‘Dark Phoenix.’

Contrasting Jean Grey and the other mutants in X-Men: The Last Stand (which was also based on the Dark Phoenix saga in the comics), this alternate version is a better fit for this generation. Dark Phoenix is visually satisfying. The action sequences here are well played and remarkable as the X-Men really acts as a team, with all the mutants complementing each other’s ability to fight a common enemy. The film doesn’t overuse the same setup for each fight scene. Cyclops eventually steps up with his signature laser eyes, Storm continues to be an electrifying wonder, and Jean Grey unleashes her no-holds-barred potential in which The Last Stand simply didn’t have.

The instrumental pieces composed by Hans Zimmer are very powerful and emotionally-stirring. He also astounds in amplifying the sharp and crisp sound design that fans will really dig. The cast performances are impressive as they portray their characters one last time, in ways that we have never seen before. James McAvoy amazes us again with his grit even though the script occasionally disappoints with stale dialogue. Michael Fassbender as Magneto remains to be the character that you wouldn’t want to miss because this time, he has his morals and judgement more founded than anyone else.  

The rise of The Phoenix. Sophie Turner in ‘Dark Phoenix.’

While these two OG characters have always been the emotional pillar of the franchise, the script is generous enough to let McAvoy and Fassbender share the spotlight with Turner, who plays the titular role with such range from sweet innocence and raging intensity. She shines best in showing her villainous side. I daresay that she’s the better version of Jean Grey and I foolishly hope that some of the cast, including her, will be reconsidered in MCU.

As the twelfth installment of an overly familiar franchise, it’s safe to say that the audience has developed a special attachment to these characters (including the original cast) for the last 19 years and it’s nerve-racking to see how it all ends. On the other hand, some viewers who have voiced out their superhero fatigue will still feel a sense of relief now that the X-Men’s book under Fox’s umbrella can be finally put into the shelf.

One last stand (L-R): James McAvoy (Charles Xavier/Professor X), Andrew Stehlin (Red Lotus), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler), Tye Sheridan (Scott Summers/Cyclops), Nicholas Hoult (Hank McCoy/Beast), Kota Eberhardt (Selene), Michael Fassbender (Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto).

Overall, the conclusion to 20th Century Fox’s venture satisfies on an entertainment level, even if it’s not as compelling enough should it stand against your usual Marvel film. It’s a bittersweet feeling because it’s never really a farewell as we can only be hopeful for greater reiterations to come once these mutants finally crossover the MCU after the Fox-Disney merger.

3.5 out of 5 stars
Produced by 20th Century Fox, ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ stars Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Alexandra Shipp, Tye Sheridan and Kodi Smit-McPhee . Directed by Simon Kinberg. 114 minutes.

This X-Men saga comes to a close in ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’

The culmination of a superhero saga nearly two decades in the making is upon us when 20th Century Fox’s take on Marvel’s “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” opens in Philippine cinemas on June 5.

The spectacular new blockbuster is part science-fiction thriller, part character-driven drama, posing intriguing questions about identity and destiny. The emotional story of a divided hero, a divided family and a divided world, “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp and Jessica Chastain. The film was written and directed by Simon Kinberg and produced by Simon Kinberg, Hutch Parker, Lauren Shuler Donner and Todd Hallowell.

It’s the question at the heart of one of the most enduring storylines in the decades-long history of the X-Men comic books, the Dark Phoenix saga. Written by industry legend Chris Claremont and illustrated by artist John Byrne in 1980, the story in many ways represents the ultimate X-Men tale: Jean Grey (Turner) is transformed into a force that not even her mutant family can comprehend. She becomes an outsider among outsiders, a being beyond the reach of even those closest to her. 

“The Dark Phoenix saga is one of the most beloved of the X-Men series in its long lineage, primarily because it’s not a story where you have heroes and villains, black and white,” says Simon Kinberg.

At its core, this is a tale of a woman struggling with her personal demons, and only the love of her family—the X-Men—can save her soul, and the world. “This movie’s very different from the previous X-Men movies,” Kinberg says. “The source material is different from the other X-Men comics that we’ve drawn upon in the past. It’s more psychologically complex and emotionally volatile. The emotions it gets into are rawer than a lot of the other X-Men comics.”

It’s a fitting conclusion to the X-Men franchise’s remarkable 18-year run. With X-Men: Dark Phoenix serving as the culmination of the saga after an impressive 12 films, producer Hutch Parker, who was there at the inception of 2000’s X-Men, says the experience of bringing the franchise full circle feels bittersweet.

“What we were able to do with the first film was introduce a tone that would have seemed, I think to most eyes, impossible in association with what we knew comic book movies to be at that time,” Parker says. “It was a game-changer in my opinion. Since then, comic-book films have become such an exciting and fertile platform. I feel like we’re only beginning to see the diversity of storytelling that’s possible within these worlds and with these characters. I’m grateful to have been a part of it, but I’m also aware that it will continue on long after all of us have moved on.”

From 20th Century Fox, “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” opens in PH cinemas nationwide on June 5.

WATCH: Final trailer reveal for ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’

With Jean Grey aka Phoenix (played by Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner) out of control in the final trailer reveal of “X-Men: Dark Phoenix”, her fellow mutants unite to save her from wreaking havoc on earth and to the rest of the X-men force.

“X-Men: Dark Phoenix” is adapted from the classic storyline during the 1980s when the X-men were on a rescue mission in space and when Jean was struck by a powerful solar flare and returned to earth unknowingly transformed into the most dangerous lethal weapon.  Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite — not only to save Jean’s soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.

““X-Men: Dark Phoenix” also stars Michael Fassbender as Magneto, James McAvoy as Professor X, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Evan Peters as Quicksilver, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, Andrew Stehlin as Red Lotus, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler and Kota Eberhardt as Selene with Jessica Chastain in a mysterious role. 

“X-Men: Dark Phoenix” opens in Philippine cinemas on June 5 from 20th Century Fox. 

WATCH: Sophie Turner rises as most dangerous mutant in ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ trailer

S20th Century Fox just dropped the official trailer and latest poster of “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” unleashing Jean Grey’s aka Phoenix (played by Sophie Turner) mammoth of power that threatens the existence of the rest of the X-Men force.

In “X-Men: Dark Phoenix”, the X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite — not only to save Jean’s soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.

The latest film sees returning stellar cast that includes Michael Fassbender as Magneto, James McAboy as Professor X, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Beast alongside newcomer Jessica Chastain in a mysterious role.  The movie also includes Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Evan Peters as Quicksilver, and Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, Andrew Stehlin as Red Lotus, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler and Kota Eberhardt as Selene. With Jessica Chastain coming in new in a mysterious role.

A 20th Century Fox feature, “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” will open June 5 in Philippine cinemas.

Sophie Turner is a girl on fire in first teaser for ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’

20th Century Fox unleashes the rise of one of the most powerful mutants in the X-Men universe in “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” starring Sophie Turner, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Alexandra Shipp, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Evan Peters and Kodi Smit-McPhee, written and directed by Simon Kinberg.

In “X-Men: Dark Phoenix”, the X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, their family, Jean Grey (Turner). During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this new entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither understand nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite – not only to save Jean’s soul, but also to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world as they fight aliens who wish to weaponize Jean’s force and rule the galaxy.

“X-Men: Dark Phoenix” opens February 6, 2019 in Philippine cinemas nationwide.