The New Mutants
Duration: 01 Hrs 38 Mins
Director: Josh Boone
Genre: Action. Horror. Sci-Fi
Release Date: 28th August 2020 (India)
Streaming Platform: In Theaters
Star cast: Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Blu Hunt, Henry Zaga, Adam Beach, Thomas Kee, Colbi Gannett, Happy Anderson, Dustin Ceithamer, Jacinto Vega SpiritWolf, Chuck, Marilyn Manson, Jeffrey Corazzini, Mickey Gilmore, Max Schochet
Plot: Five young mutants, while held in a secret facility against their will, discover their abilities while fighting to escape from their past sins and save themselves. Now the question is why are they being held captive? And who is trying to destroy them? And that is what forms the rest of the story.
Review: 'The Fault in Our Stars’ director Josh Boone takes on this latest Marvel venture, that is adapted from the comic books - all these characters - Danielle Moonstar aka Mirage (Blu Hunt), who from other people’s fears creates illusions; Rahne Sinclair (Maisie Williams), who transforms into the werewolf Wolfsbane; Sam Guthrie (Charlie Heaton), who, as Cannonball, can fly at jet speeds protected by a force field; Roberto da Costa aka Sunspot (Henry Zaga), who absorbs and channels solar power; and Illyana Rasputin aka Magik (Anya Taylor-Joy), the younger sister of Colossus, Magik becomes encased in armour at will and wields a souls word that amplifies her multiple superhuman and psychic abilities, hails from the very first graphic novel The New Mutants, which was published back in 1982 and created by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod.
The sci-fi/thriller is a bit of a departure, but it works well. The film introduces the audience to some lesser known but no less likeable mutants who bounce back and forth between the roles of horror victims and wacky teens. It can only be believable for so long that someone with the magical ability to manifest a sword in her hand can really be much of a victim.
There are a few areas in which the movie is a bit problematic - the one thing was the pacing. The film begins jumping right into an action sequence, which is fine, but the pace doesn’t really let up until we are about a half hour or so in. Besides that, some of the humour seemed to fall flat and even had some strange editing moments.
And before you go worrying about that horror element, let me point out that this is still a superhero movie! Yes, there are a few creepy scenes and some monsters, but the horror never lasts longer than a few seconds before the superpowers come back into play and the film switches gears.
Overall, The New Mutants is thrilling that dips its toes into the horror genre focusing primarily on a group of teens who are just trying to find their place in the world, and ultimately boils down to is a superhero movie. For the incredibly long wait and the unprecedented difficult path it had to follow, The New Mutants film will likely surpass a lot of people’s expectations.