While It's Not 'Great', Dark Phoenix Is Still Worth Seeing

If only for Jessica Chastain's performance

Terri Lee-Sylvester
June 07, 2019 - 7:56 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - Dark Phoenix is the origin story of Jean Grey, a gifted mutant who is transformed into the most powerful force in the universe.  The story takes us back to the 1980's where we meet Jean and her family and learn how she became a student of Charles Xavier.

Fast forward to 1992 when the X-Men are called upon by the federal government to rescue a group of astronauts who are stranded in outer space and in serious danger.
Before the X-Men can return with their precious cargo, a mysterious cosmic force targets and overtakes Grey.  While on the outside, she appears to be fine, and a medical evaluation doesn't turn up anything abnormal, eventually it becomes clear to her and to the other X-Men that something is wrong.  It becomes even more apparent when Grey, still not aware of the extent of her powers, hurts the person closest to her: Cyclops.  That's when she searches for, and finds, Magneto, but her problems only get worse.

Grey runs again, this time back to the home where she grew up, looking for answers.  But even more problems ensue, causing a chain reaction that leads to even greater devastation and destruction ... and puts a group of aliens, led by Vux, played by Jessica Chastain, who want what she has hot on her trail.  

While I don't this movie is "great," I definitely think it's worth seeing if only for Chastain's performance, which is absolutely mesmerizing.  Her Academy Award is long overdue.

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