• Jon White

Film critic looks at Dark Phoenix, Rocketman and Ma, in theaters now

Since Dark Phoenix is supposedly the last X-Men film for this current cast, it would have been better to have had a more explosive finale.

The story line is suitable and I liked the movie overlooking some of the blatant flaws.

The main issue I had with this chapter was that the cast just doesn't look like a cohesive unit. Characters, like Storm, Cyclops, Nightcrawler and Beast, just look out of place, being with Jean Grey and Mystique.

Though all the actors portray their roles well, it's just an optics issue that is inconsistent. There are two main battle scenes, with the latter being the better of the two, with the previous just having an awkward appeal to it.

As far as being an entertaining movie, it does achieve this goal and it gives you a little more substance than X-Men: Apocalypse. It's not an outstanding exit piece, but, it's not a total waste of time, either.

It's worth the trip to the theaters, if you are a fan of the series or just want to go out to the movies.


While Rocketman stands alone on its own merit, because it talks about a great musician, Elton John, I find it hard not to compare it to Bohemian Rhapsody, which was released in October 2018.

Taron Egerton and the rest of the supporting cast give notable performances and the audience will be able to make an emotional connection to the strong subject matter; but, I believe it was an error to present this piece in a musical-style approach.

I believe it would have been more of an epic film if the production staff had decided on straight storytelling. Though an emotional connection may have been achieved, it as often interrupted, when the story switched into a musical-style approach.

A film, like Bohemian Rhapsody, maintained its connection with the audience throughout the film's entirety, by refusing to be a musical.

Rocketman is not a bad film, especially if you are a fan of Elton John, but maybe not at the top of your list if you don't like musicals, all that much.


A few people have said they are surprised Octavia Spencer decided to play this role in Ma, but I believe she was the best candidate, proven by her outstanding performance.

I liked the movie for a variety of reasons, one being that it didn't play out exactly as I had expected it to.

Plus, there were a couple of twists to the story line, mixed with an ensemble cast, making it worth a trip to the big screen.

All of the supporting actors made their characters interesting, but veterans, like Luke Evans and Juliette Lewis, are always a pleasure to see.

Jon White is a Peninsula resident.


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