Review: The New Mutants

Title: The New Mutants
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Josh Boone
Starring: Blu Hunt, Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy
Runtime: 1 hr 34 mins

What It Is: When her entire reservation is eliminated by what is assumed to be a tornado young Danielle Moonstar (Hunt) is now left on her own the reservations only survivor. It turns out that she may be a mutant with a power that’s lay dormant. Now that power has unleashed itself and no one knows what’s going to happen. When she wakes up in a hospital housing other young mutants figuring out who she is and what she can do may prove difficult.

What We Think: What a horrendous mess this one turned out to be. This film got delayed in oblivion. And here we finally are…oblivion. Let’s not even discuss the insensitive nature of the dialogue early on in the film. Let’s not even discuss the pedophilic gaze director Josh Boone uses for his perceived teenage characters. Let us instead focus on the messy narrative, subpar CGI, and genuinely weird script. Tonally it doesn’t know what it wants to do. Instead, it just throws things out there hoping it would stick. It really did not work sadly.

Our Grade: D, God. It is bad but it isn’t as bad as X:Men: Apocalypse or Dark Phoenix. No, those are and will probably remain alongside X3 as the low points for these series. I cannot recommend this movie in the least bit. It is awful, lacks anything worthwhile from a horror/thriller perspective. Maybe watch Logan again or something because, in all honesty, this isn’t worth your time. Meh acting a bad script and awful direction all coalesce into something muddled messy and neither scary nor thrilling. Even the superhero portions are such a slog to get through. My head hurt after this one.

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