The New Mutants Review

Another 2020 cinema visit, this time with just two of us in attendance. I must admit, I’m quite enjoying the quiet and the space! Odeon continue to be clear on what to do and how to do it, so kudos.

Beyond the current situation, and the time of day, I did wonder why so few people were about. But as I watched The New Mutants, it became clear.

There’s no point to this film.

Even my intent was murky; yes, it’s always good to see a new film at the cinema, but TNM had such a tortured and confusing journey to the big screen that I had a morbid curiosity. Originally filmed in 2017, possible re-shoots and the subsequent purchase of Fox by Disney have continually pushed it’s release back. TNM was originally intended to be a horror film; did it stick that intention or get watered down along the way?

There are some decent performances, and a deft touch when dealing with the issues the characters are going through, but the tone veers wildly. I’m left to wonder what could have been. It did remind me of A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors at times, but it never fully commits.

I do applaud The New Mutants for trying something new. Keeping things contained and trying to focus on the characters is a worthy approach. You can see where it starts to want to tie into the main continuity, but it mainly makes the wise decision to veer away and dodge that bullet. That the film makes some good decisions but never makes the most of them pretty much sums it all up, and again hints the messy journey the film has been through.

The X-Men film series, in its current guise at least, comes to a close. With some extremely unclear mutant abilities and a lack of outright horror, TNM doesn’t leave much of an impression. There isn’t much for me to latch onto, positively or negatively. Fox haven’t really known what they were doing with X-Men for a while, so perhaps it’s all for the best.

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