THE NEW MUTANTS (2020)
After 83748 delays, The New Mutants has finally hit theaters as cineplexes around the world reopen. While issues abound through the short (loose) comic book adaptation, this is a fine film that was enjoyable enough.
The story revolves around a group of teens who have hit their mutant puberty, so to speak, displaying powers and needing to learn how to harness them. While in an asylum-looking institution, frightening scenes from the past begin to haunt each of the patients and questions arise as to the true intentions of those behind their keeping. The concept itself is fascinating and ripe for exploration. Sadly, however, the casting seemed like a big miss with Anya Taylor-Joy and Henry Zaga being the standouts, though the latter didn’t have much to work with. This doesn’t even get into the issues with the whitewashing of characters as they made the leap from the page.
The action is minimal, really ratcheting up in the third act and delivering the goods, but the ride to get there is tepid and lacking character development. The script could have used some more thought, at least to improve the laughable dialogue. I almost want to see more, but not with the same players involved. Should Marvel decide to explore these concepts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe down the road, I’d be all for it. But this is a forgettable mutant entry that, while not being the worst X-Men film, misses the mark.
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