Josh Boone’s The New Mutants review  


Jaxson Krohn, Opinion Writer

The New Mutants a film directed by Josh Boone from a screen play he helped write with Knate Lee, released August 28, 2020, was a new interesting take on what marvel fans expect superhumans to be. This movie was budgeted at $67 million with most of its money going towards special effects, but in the box office the film earned only $10.9 million. Earning a 33% on Rotten Tomatoes, The New mutants did not meet fans expectations for the 13th and finale addition to the X-Men franchise. The director’s goal was to create a new type of superhero film that would have more horror-based action that would show what getting mutant abilities would more realistically look like.  

Its first ever trailer was released all the way back in January of this year giving us a taste of what was yet to come for a new Marvel film. This movie has been on a long enticing adventure throughout the years with different delays and hold backs. It was originally supposed to be developed all the way back in 2015, when Josh Boone was fresh off the weepy hit teen drama, The Fault In Our Stars, based on the best-selling book of the same name by John Green. The film’s success, both critically and commercially, proved that Boone was ready to move up the ladder. And it was around this time that the director was hoping to make a film adaptation of New Mutants, a comic created by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz. On March 12, producers decided to remove The New Mutants from its release calendar due to the Coronavirus that also affected many other blockbuster movies that were being created. It was then later scheduled to be released on April 3, 2020 by Disney after it was acquired by fox. 

The characters in this movie are uniquely different compared to other X-Men or Marvel movies with each having their own special abilities. Actress Blu Hunt, who plays the main character Danielle Moonstar”, is a young teenager whose power is that she takes other people’s greatest fear and brings it to life, trying to kill that person. The basis of this film is completely based on her mutant abilities bringing the other mutant teens fears to life to attempt to kill not intentionally but by accident because she does not fully understand her powers yet. Other characters in this movie are Magik played by Anya Taylor-Joy, Rahne who is played by Maisie Williams, Sam who is played by Charlie Heaton, and Sunspot played by Henry Zaga. These are the mutants that are already living inside the hospital before Danielle arrives who all know their abilities some more than others. 

The New Mutants was a slow attribute to an enticing superhero film. In the beginning of the film each scene felt forced through immediate character introduction. Personally, this movie wasn’t one of my favorites, but it had exciting epic superhero moments that haven’t been seen before with Marvel. Showing teen mutants meeting together through a hospital made especially for them to learn and control their abilities at a young age so that they don’t accidentally hurt anyone learning on their own. Also it’s concept of Danielle’s mutant power of emitting other people fears and using that against them is a new power that was interesting to see. After seeing this movie I gave it a rating of 6/10 because it had a very intricate story plot that had some great potential but still felt dry of fulfillment. The characters were perfect, each had such an individual type of acting technique that really fit the film style.