The New Mutants - Settling for Mediocrity

What's going on, you guys! Kaesen and I FINALLY got to see a new movie in theaters together! We saw the almost mythical, "The New Mutants." Written and irected by Josh Boone, it is a Disney release although it is the final release in the previous X-Men canon before the heroes enter the MCU. It stars Blu Hunt, Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Alice Braga, Charlie Heaton, and Henry Zaga. The film follows five mutants in a hidden facility discovering their new mutant powers. A new arrival, Dani, brings with her something evil and the facility's true purpose is revealed.

The movie is.... Not good. I like the idea of it. I like franchise movies that are so far in that they are complete spin-offs but they tie cleverly into the already established universe and lore. The idea of superhero movies that act as a mix of genres as well is always cool. The New Mutants is another example of that gone wrong. The movie has no edge whatsoever. The acting is mostly... meh or subpar. The chemistry between Maisie Williams and Blu Hunt is undeniable, so that helped the film greatly. The effects overall are very good and I enjoyed the design. Set design and creature design more than characters and costumes. Those were pretty good as well, honestly. The film was short, which shouldn't be a problem normally, but it seemed to hurt the film. There was plenty of time spent with the characters, but nothing really happened or was revealed when we spent time with them. Anya Taylor-Joy's character, Magik, was the most compelling because she had the closest thing to an edge. Her backstory was still a little too vague, but it was all we really had. The film also suffered from its small scope. Movies don't have to all be bombastic action films, but this movie never went full horror and it never went full drama. It settled for trying to be three different movies and none of them worked.

If you are dying to see a new movie, you may have an okay time seeing this, but I wouldn't honestly recommend it. Drop a comment and let me know what you think of the movie! Will you see it? What movies are you excited for this fall? Thank you for reading this!

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