Title – The New Mutants (2020)
Director – Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars)
Cast – Blu Hunt, Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Alice Braga
Plot – A group of young and potentially dangerous mutants including the recently orphaned Dani Moonstar (Hunt) are holed up in a top secret medical facility/prison that is run by Dr. Reyes (Braga) on behalf of Professor X, the X-Men’s famed leader. As they learn to grapple with their powers and each other, the group find themselves in a life and death battle with a nefarious power.
“This isn’t a hospital, Pocahontas. It’s a cage”
Review by Eddie on 15/12/2020
The history behind The New Mutants making it to the big screen is far more interesting than the lifeless product we are left with at an end result of five delayed release dates that culminated in this unloved X-Men spinoff finally making it to the big screen in the midst of Covid-19 this year.
Initially penciled in for a release date in late 2018, this Josh Boone directed outing which was supposedly aiming for a more horror orientated vibe than its more action orientated mutant counterparts and was subject to multiple reshoots and re-edits before it saw the light of day, is one of the biggest misfires yet in the up and down history of X-Men films and their spin-offs and while you can glimpse the film that just might’ve been with the right caressing and refinement, this version of Marvel’s teenage anti-heroes isn’t the version you’ll want to endure.
Wasting a talented cast that includes recognizable faces such as The Queen’s Gambit/The Witch star Anya Taylor-Joy, Game of Thrones Maisie Williams and Stranger Things actor Charlie Heaton, Boone is unable to get much out of his performers who struggle to make his and Knate Lee’s dull script come to life, while the stagnate setting of the facility these mutant teenagers find themselves in under the supervision of Alice Braga’s Dr. Reyes (honestly why does she run such a facility by herself?) makes for a boorish set up as we and the films central characters get bored with what is laid out before them.
There are glimmers of the horror aspects that may’ve at times been more prevalent in a film that more than likely was muddled with by studio executives before it finally saw itself unleashed on the public and these tiny elements of the film create some of the best moments in a mostly dreary and unenthusiastic affair, creepy Slender Man like figures and roaming priests such aspects but the rest of the films dramatic moments and character driven pieces all fall flat around a narrative that never lets its ensemble shine nor one that lets its audience find a reason to care about what is going on around them.
Final Say –
A blatantly pointless addition to the X-Men cinematic universe that may’ve become something worthwhile had it been allowed to follow up its horror angles, this sorry excuse for a film is a mostly dire effort despite some brief glimpses of what could have been.
1 lonely facility employee out of 5