The New Mutants | A Potentially Great Idea Not Used to the Fullest

The Fault in our Starsdirector Josh Boone’s new movie, The New Mutants (2020) is based on the Marvel comics “New Mutants” by artist Bob McLeod and writer Chris Claremont, and featuring a character by Len Wein & Dave Cockrum. The horror sci-fi flick’s cast include Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), Anna Taylor-Joy (Emma, Split), Alice Braga (Queen of the South), Blu Hunt (The Originals, Stumptown), Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why), and Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things).

Premise: Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.

Review: This movie is a slow burn that gives you enough time to get to know the new mutants but it’s not very atmospheric. It doesn’t put you in the mood, despite the horror vibe of the piece. I never felt anxious, or worried for any of the characters.

Even if the tone is a bit of a miss for me, it is a smartly constructed story. I felt I got the characters. I understood their fears, their traumas, and why they were the way we found them on an intellectual level but I hardly felt for them. I can’t say that the actors didn’t pull their weight, even though they are no oscar worthy performances, but giving that the atmosphere wasn’t really there nothing elevated the work they put in.

The action scenes and visual effects were great for what they were going for, but in comparison to the sets looked like an expensive new car in a junk yard. The facility they were in is so rundown and cheap looking that I couldn’t believe that it had voice activated locks. It would have been easier to believe that the doors opened and closed because of a Mutant’s power.

The New Mutants felt like a great idea that wasn’t totally followed through. There is a gun-shy feeling to it. They didn’t go all the way or didn’t strike the right tone. The first half of Josh Trank’s Fant4stic Four felt more ominous than this entire movie. Unless they going for an intellectual horror superhero movie – if that’s a thing – it worked! Because I understood what I was suppose to feel but never experienced any of the emotions.

Rating: 6 out of 10.

You can get the comic book here

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