Dark Phoenix: we’re critics, right?


Above is Jean Grey causing havoc all around her. Will the X-Men be able to save her? Photo provided by Star2.com

Tiaran Vokes, Staff Writer

Just this past weekend I was finally able to sit down and watch a movie I bought a few weeks ago. I opened the case to Dark Phoenix, the last installment of the rebooted X-Men franchise. I took the disk out, and then slid it into my Xbox One. After watching a couple previews, I finally got to the Main Menu page. Displayed on the Main Menu page was a 30-second trailer for the movie. In the trailer I saw Jean Grey almost die, a funeral scene, and a lot of action scenes. It looked so cheesy. Was this movie just going to be watching people fight for two hours? After watching the trailer, I started to wonder if critics were right, and that this movie deserved a 23% on Rotten Tomatoes.

In the first act of the movie we got to see that things were looking up for the mutants. Mystique was conformable in her own skin, Jean and Cyclops were being couple goals, and nonmutants were started to treat mutants with respect. It was all too good to be true. During a rescue mission in outer space, Jean was nearly killed when she was struck by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, the force not only made her infinitely more powerful, but she started to become far more unstable. After Jean realizes she poses as a threat to the ones she loves, she decides to run away. Wanting to save Jean, her friends Quick Silver, Mystique, Kurt, Charles Xavier, Storm, Cyclops, and Hank, also known as Beast, go to bring her back home. Jean, not wanting to go home, fights back and, in the process, Mystique’s life ends.

During the second act, we find out Jean’s not the only problem. Aliens have followed whatever that cosmetic energy that Jean absorbed. They claim that the cosmic force destroyed their planet but by harnessing the force they can also create life. After Hank tells Erik that Jean killed Mystique, he knows what he must do, which is to kill her. Hank agrees and they start searching for Jean. Hank and Erik find out she’s in New York and go to end her. Xavier learns of Jean’s whereabouts and goes to stop Hank and Erik from killing her. In an epic showdown we learn that Jean is too powerful for them. We also learn she doesn’t want her power anymore and starts to give it to Vuk, an alien. Cyclops gets there just in time and stops Vuk from receiving all the power. The United States military crashes the party and takes away Xavier, Kurt, Cyclops, Erik, Hank, and Storm.

In the third act we get an epic fight scene between the aliens and the mutants. Jean finally realizes what’s really going on and turns on Vuk. Reaching her full potential, Jean is able to easily kill off all the aliens except for Vuk. Vuk tells Jean that her emotions make her weak, but Jean tells her that they only make her stronger. Jean flies up into space with Vuk and explodes into a phoenix shape.

After watching this movie, I can totally say that the critics were wrong. My Rotten Tomatoes score would be an 84%. This movie had all the action needed and developed a story that was easy to follow. It was very entertaining and there were scenes where I was shedding tears. The only issue I had with the movie was the addition of a second antagonist, the aliens. It felt like the writers couldn’t think of any other way to keep Jean being evil other than having aliens telling her to be. But other than that, the movie was a fun, fresh take on the Phoenix storyline.