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Discussion in 'The New Mutants' started by psylockolussus, Aug 27, 2020.
For those of you that will finally see this movie! X
It wasn`t a bad movie. I didn`t like the forced relationship with Dani and Rahne. Also wish Sam would have gotten to show his powers more.
Enjoyed it more than I expected to. It certainly suffers from being a little bit flat and bland in places, the only characters and performances which really pop are Maisie Williams and Anya Taylor Joy's. The horror aspect is the biggest let down, it absolutely would have benefited from the reshoots they were originally planning to turn it into more of an overt horror film. As it stands it felt like the pilot episode for a pretty alright teen action-horror show given a theatrical release and a big budget, that tone while not ideal does still have a certain charm.
Loved that it was the first superhero film where the central romance is a queer one. While Dani isn't a terribly engaging lead her chemistry with Rahne was adorable and I wish their relationship was given more focus.
Best way I can sum up my feelings: I appreciated that it was a little bit scary and a little bit gay but it would have been radically improved by being a lot scary and a lot gay. Would've made it stand out as something really unique and special.
It does make me very sad that this is the end of the road for Fox's X-Men. The lows may have been low, but there were some serious highs and I will forever prefer the give no ****s, swing for the fences attitude that gave us movies like Logan and Deadpool over whatever homogenized, micro-managed mediocrity we'll get from the MCU.
Definitely isn't very scary, but don't know why people are so angry about it. Low budget CGI, some sequel bait and an underwhelming ending, but overall a very enjoyable movie and characters. Definitely not a Dark Phoenix or X-Men Origins. 7.5/10
I finally saw this (not in theaters). The movie was not that bad. However when it ended, I thought this could have been a really cool and intriguing psychological thriller, if it was executed better. I was pretty bored for the first hour. It really felt like a tv pilot for a small show especially with the pacing. Then they ramped up the pacing for the last 25 minutes when
Dani was about to get killed and when Demon Bear showed up.
Out of The New Mutants, the only one that got an important role was Dani. Sam and Berto were just there. Illyana played the typical angsty girl role and Rahne as the love interest. But those four could have been replaced by Karma, Warlock, Magma and Cypher and it would have been the same film as no one would have stopped Dani during the climaX. The traumatic thing that happened in their past were shown/mentioned in the film, but the only one that really overcame it was Dani - when she got the talking scene with her late father. And I was like duh, this is how she overcomes her fears. How predictable.
Then there was Cecilia, a stoic and an underdeveloped throwaway character. There was nothing personal about her that was said, so even as a villain, she didn't work. She was just there to monitor/lock up the new mutants and kill Dani in her last 10 minutes of screentime. The only good thing I can say about her is shehad the best looking powers in the movie.
I'm unsure what Lockheed was in the movie? Suddenly, the puppet of Illyana was moving and breathing fire but after the climax, he was a puppet again? It wasn't very clear to me.
I didn't like the X-Men reference and the connection to EsseX corp as there's no continuation for this franchise. Both are pointless though Essex Corp could have been presented better. It was weird, that it was Cecilia. There's no actual scene featuring Sinister or his minions.
The entire movie just felt very small and undercooked. Everything looked drab, like there's no visual flair. The facility looked empty but not creepy empty. Boone keep saying that this is like a horror film and inspired by horror films. But aside from those creepy looking creatures that were shown in tv spots, there was nothing scary and eery about this film. I should probably watch this again, with much clearer picture quality but yawn. This is another misfire. Like Dark Phoenix, when it ended, I had a "that was it?" reaction. If they are going to put a different twist to The New Mutants by setting them up elsewhere at least make it good. Its not only an unfaithful adaptation but a mediocre movie as well.
Whats so enjoyable about the movie, though?
To each their own and letting people enjoy things, but...
I enjoyed seeing Demon Bear and Lockheed
The horror angle (even if they could've gone further)
Anya was great as Magik and Maisie was awesome as well
I enjoyed the relationship between Dani and Rahne
Felt bad for Sam
Liked how they took their time with Roberto's backstory
Loved the Logan shots and Essex teases because I didn't expect that to be in the final cut
And I had a good time overall. The friends I went with instantly started talking sequels and were disappointed that this would be all.
I enjoyed it, was a bit of a slow build but that got us to know and like the characters and learn about their backgrounds.
Anya Taylor-Joy/Illyana was the expected stand out and I loved how Magik’s powers were displayed. But I liked the rest of the cast as well, they made you root for them and Dani and Rahne were quite sweet together.
Despite the obvious budget limitations, I also loved the final fight with the Demon Bear, and was also presently surprised with the links to
I would definitely have watched a sequel with this cast. 6.5/10
I'd give it a 7/10. It was much better than I anticipated. The cast was great, especially Blu and Maisie. Dani and Rahne were the heart of the film. Anya was also really good as Magik, and I enjoyed the fight scenes we got. All in all, I'm glad I went to see it.