Question – why does it seem like we are constantly trying to remake the same movies? Especially Super Hero movies? I get that you find out you have super powers and you are upset and either don’t want them or don’t know how to use them — we’ve seen it a thousand times. This movie, New Mutants, addresses the SAME premise but with reluctant, obnoxious, teenaged angst that put a damper on the whole movie for me.
It started out good, something presumably evil rampaging in the night and destroying the young girl’s village on the Native reservation and all of her loved ones. She awakes to find herself in a “hospital” with other similar young people and a “doctor” seemingly there to help. The story is predictable but a small twist – SPOILER here — she is actually the evil on there to destroy everyone! But she doesn’t want to fight and doesn’t seem to have the powers to do it.
There are some cool elements, a puppet dragon, a mini-love story and there is Stan Lee’s signature on some of the special effects but overall, I think it was a dud. We don’t get to see the establishment trying to build their powers, we don’t get the doctor’s story, and the ending is weak once the main mutant, Dannie, finally finds the strength to fight the monster she is and get it back in the box. Unfortunately, there are not even any good mutants in the story, a big dog, some boy that burst into flames and this guy that can turn into a rocket? Maisey Williams is wonderful as the dog/wolf, although she has a W burned into her flesh, she isn’t really a werewolf, which was disappointing. Anya Taylor-Joy is an evil, fire woman wielding a flaming sword but not for good? She has a bad attitude and doesn’t try to help ANYONE. I really couldn’t figure it out.
It did have an interesting slant at the end, about your inner self, the good or the evil Your character is based on which on you feed. It was a pleasant afternoon spent in a sparse theater after the COVID reopening. I had an assigned seat and some fresh popcorn made just for me. It’s ok to skip this one I think, if you want to get back to your outside life and go to the movies, wait for something more exciting and interesting. Sorry, not sorry.