Simon Kinberg's Dark Phoenix is only slightly better than X-Men: The Last Stand.
1 / 9
It starts off with Jean's cosmic possession, but quickly fizzles.
2 / 9
Still, it's way better than the evil alternate persona from Brett Ratner's movie.
3 / 9
Characters such as Cyclops and Xavier are also given more agency this time around.
4 / 9
Ratner's movie killed them off too early, eliminating any emotional resonance.
5 / 9
Both movies fall short, however, by not taking Jean's finale to space.
6 / 9
Instead, Kinberg opts to ground the adaptation once more, making it boring.
7 / 9
However, the cast -- and a slight cosmic angle -- does make Dark Phoenix the better watch.
8 / 9