The New Mutants (2020)

Directed by: Josh Boone.

Written By: Josh Boone and Knate Lee.

Starring: Maisie Williams, Blu Hunt, Maisie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, and Alice Braga.

This film opens to a tornado which is destroying a village, and where Danielle (Blu Hunt) is woken by her father. In an attempt to try and seek safety, she is knocked unconscious, the next scene after this shows Danielle waking up within a room she does not recognise and soon finds out she is being kept captive within a secret facility, with 4 other young people. It is managed by Dr Cecilia Reyes (Alice Braga).

Danielle is soon notified by the other members that it is a facility for teenage mutants and how the facility exists to help teach teenage mutants to control their powers, for the safety of theirs and the people around them, so no one gets hurt.

As the film plays on, Danielle becomes more confused with her powers, as they have never really been explained to her, nor did she have any idea of any sort of powers she holds, but she soon meets all of the other four Mutants; Rahne (Maisie Williams), Illyana Rasputin (Anya Taylor-Joy), Sam Guthrie (Charlie Heaton), and Roberto da Costa (Henry Zaga), where she discovered each of them has a different power, Rahne explains she has wolf powers, Illyana has the power to turn her arm to armour. A magical sword appears, but she also has a hand puppet she carries around with her. Sam explains his power where he has the ability to vibrate very quickly which allows him to move around quickly, and also destroy things at the same time, and then Roberto explains how he gets hot – to the point he is literally on fire when he gets excited!

This film focuses most of its time with the mutants hanging out with each other, breaking the rules, arguing, etc., something you would expect from a film that focuses on characters which are written to be like teenagers. As this film plays on, it becomes darker in the process, which had me hooked more in terms of what will happen next. It has several jump-scare scenes, especially as the action plays on.

In regards to my own take of this film, I did enjoy it, and if I was asked to go and see it again, I would have to think about it. I enjoyed watching it, but now I have had time to digest what I saw, I feel improvements can be made with relation to the characters and their stories. I am not saying it wasn’t a boring movie – because it wasn’t, it was action-packed, I liked it, but there can be improvements with the story of each character. Although I did like how the relationship between Danielle and Rahne formed – we need more films like that! All in all, I liked it, I wasn’t bored, I was gripped, the action was good, but the story needs to be better – particularly when the aim clearly had been on the characters, I felt the stories behind each character were not explained very well.

Now the cinema’s are either closed (Cineworld), or on reduced operating, I would suggest waiting for the release of this film, which won’t be very long to wait, it becomes available on Blu-ray and Digital HD release from 17th November 2020. Be sure to watch it, and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

I give this a 3 star rating!

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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