“The New Mutants” Review

Carson Zorn, Writer

After multiple delays “The New Mutants” has finally hit theaters. Many, including myself, never thought the day would come where “The New Mutants” could be seen on the big screen, but on August 28th, it happened. I went to see it, and here are my thoughts:

I honestly don’t understand all the hate this movie is getting. It currently sits at a 32% on Rotten Tomatoes, and it deserves way more than that. “The New Mutants” is an entertaining, fast-paced, albeit sloppily-written, film. 

The main reason the movie works is because of the cast and their chemistry with one another. Each character works well with the other, and each actor/actress fleshes out their character very well, and allows the audience to connect with the character. The standout performances came from the three lead females, Blu Hunt (Danielle(Dani) Moonstar), Maisie Williams (Rahne Sinclair) and Anya Taylor-Joy (Illyana Rasputin). All three light up the screen whenever they are on it, and are easily the best characters in the movie. Blu Hunt really gives it her all as Dani, and even though some of the lines she has to deliver are really bad, she makes the most of it. Maisie Williams kills it in every scene she is in. Although Dani is technically the main character, I feel like Williams’ Rahne actually got more of the emotional moments, and Williams nails every single one. She really makes you feel for her character, and deserves all the recognition that she gets. My favorite performance however, was delivered by Anya Taylor-Joy. Taylor-Joy’s character Illyana is definitely the best character of the bunch, and it’s not only because of her performance. Illyana is the most fun character to watch because she has some great lines, and some pretty great action sequences. Taylor-Joy maximizes the likability of the character with her performance, despite the fact that the character can sometimes be a bully. Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga and Henry Zaga all gave great performances as well, but they didn’t stand out in my mind like the other three did.

The other aspect the movie does really well is horror. This isn’t a “horror movie” persay, it’s more of a comic book movie with horror elements, and the horror elements work really well in the movie. The suspense leading up to the scare is always great, and the scares always work. This movie doesn’t utilize cheap jump-scares as its main source of scares, it’s more focused on the psychological and disturbing aspect of the scares, then the scare itself.

Where the movie fails is in the writing, and the third act. The writing for this movie is anything but special. It’s biggest flaw is the development of the relationship between Dani and Rahne. Their relationship starts out as friendship but then quickly turns romantic. I don’t have a problem with a romantic relationship between the two, but there is no development that shows any sign of them being romantically interested in each other, the relationship dynamic just randomly changes in one scene. It feels very out of place because there is no development up to that point. The writing is also very inconsistent when it comes to the tone of the movie. The tone of the film changes just about every ten minutes, and it made the movie feel very choppy. But the biggest example of the poor writing is in the third act. The movie, although with its flaws, feels very unique and original up to the third act. But, then the third act turns into a CGI-heavy generic final battle that really takes away from the originality of the movie. The film felt like it was finally going to be different than all the other comic book movies, where it didn’t rely on a big final action scene, and continued its unique take on the genre for the whole run time, but the last 20 minutes of the movie felt as generic as any other action film out there.

Despite my gripes with the writing and the third act, I still really enjoyed “The New Mutants.” It was a quick and easy watch that kept me thoroughly entertained through the whole run time with its fantastic performances from the cast and it’s (mostly) unique take on the comic book genre.


Grade: B