The Dark Phoenix can’t rise from the ashes of its plot
Although enjoyable enough, the latest X-Men film is nothing to get excited about
Dark Phoenix is the latest instalment in the X-Men film franchise, and based on the trailer alone, it was obvious this was just a rehash of what we had seen before.
The film opens with a world in which the X-Men are heroes. As Jennifer Lawrence’s Raven notes, they are taking on more and more dangerous missions all in the name of saving the world or better put, saving humans, not mutants. So off they go on a life-threatening mission to outer space, and Jean Grey is nearly killed but instead gains powers that are off the charts when a cosmic entity blasts her. This leads to her struggling to control her powers, which puts the lives of those she loves in danger. At the same time, she discovers some terrible truths about her past that present a psychological challenge for her character arc.
Thus, Dark Phoenix is the origin story of Jean Grey’s transformation into the most powerful mutant in the universe and her struggle choosing between good and evil. If that sounds very much like the plot of another movie, you are correct. You could describe X-Men: The Last Stand in much the same way...