This is the story of one of the X-Menís most beloved characters,
Jean Grey, as she evolves into the iconic DARK PHOENIX. During a
life-threatening rescue mission in space, Jean is hit by a
cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful
mutants of all. Wrestling with this increasingly unstable power
as well as her own personal demons, Jean spirals out of control,
tearing the X-Men family apart and threatening to destroy the
very fabric of our planet. The film is the most intense and
emotional X-Men movie ever made. It is the culmination of 20
years of X-Men movies, as the family of mutants that we've come
to know and love must face their most devastating enemy yet --
one of their own.
we begin I feel a need to reiterate something about myself. When
I go to movie screenings and hear other critics talking about
movies, more times than not they are bashing pretty much
anything on the screen. Itís like they are anxiously waiting to
see and say anything negative about a movie. I call them movie
haters. Iím quite the opposite. Iím a fan of movies and I love
them. Iím a regular movie goer kind of person like many of you.
Iím looking for what I can praise about the movie, and even more
so than that, did the movie entertain me. I give every movie the
benefit of the doubt and if the movie entertained me for an hour
and a half to two, well then the movie did itís job. That being
said, do you like pizza? How about ice cream, or chocolate, or a
nice juicy burger? Yeah this is ďjunk foodĒ and itís probably
bad for you to a degree but you still enjoy it whenever you have
some, right? Do you ever get tired of pizza (or any indulgence)?
You might get a bad pizza every now and then, but you still love
pizza regardless, and youíre not going to give up on it. This is
how I feel about movies, and more specifically, superhero
movies. Some are stronger than others, but I still love them and
donít get tired of them (sorry). Now that being said, this movie
was a lot better than I thought it would be. Many of you Iím
sure are thinking, not another X-Men movie, geez, here we go
again. I still love them, so bring it on. This one was actually
Grey: They say you can fix me?
Professor Charles Xavier:
Jean, you are not broken.
The year is 1975 and Jean is
discovering that there is something inside her that is extremely
powerful and hard to control. Sheís not an evil person, but this
power can be very dangerous. Who better to help her with this
than Charles Xavier. By the way, Summer Fontana, who plays young
Jean Grey, is completely spot on with her performance, a real
Charles, what did you do?
Professor Charles Xavier: I had to keep
her stable. I protected her.
Raven: From the truth? There's another
word for that.
Jump to 1992, a good while after the
events of Apocalypse, and Charles has accomplished a major goal,
acceptance of mutants and the ability to aid humanity in times
of need and truly be the superheroes that the X-Men were meant
to be; but at what cost. There is a falling out, and to top it
off we now have to deal with this Dark Phoenix. So the real
question is, what is the Matrix, eh, oops, sorry, I mean what is
the Dark Phoenix?
Grey: I'm scared. And when I lose control, bad
things happen to the people I love.
The movie opens with
that little detail that I do get a kick out of which is the
highlighting of the X in 20th Century FoX. As mentioned, this
film, even though itís number what 8, 9, 10, 11 whatever in the
X-Men saga, is not so bad. It nicely blends and balances a good
amount of drama with a healthy portion of action. I will admit
there is some cheesiness and some slow moments, but I think itís
tolerable. After so many films, you start to get attached to
these characters and releasing another film to me is just an
opportunity to check up on them and see whatís going on with
them lately. In this case, they are facing a devastating
challenge. Speaking of devastating challenges, Sophie Turner did
a good job reprising her role as Jean Grey. On top of that fact,
she really looks the part. All the other crew were as good as
always I would say, and now weíve added Jessica Chastain to the
mix. Her performance was just what the doctor ordered, stoic,
ice cold, and evil. She did good. That albino look was
unnerving. The storyline was interesting, again, better than I
thought it was going to be. At least the whole phoenix thing is
explained. Another aspect worth mentioning was the invigorating
musical score by Hans Zimmer. Yeah, it was that noticeably good
that Iím even bringing it up. Director Simon Kinberg does not
disappoint with his directorial debut. Sure this is not the best
of the X-Men collection but itís not the worst either. If you
are an X-Men fan, I believe you will enjoy this film. If you are
out of the X-Men loop, you might be a little lost so it would be
a good idea to see some of the predecessor films.
Review By Cine Marcos
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