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The New Mutants Is A Superhero Movie At War With Itself

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My biggest issue with The New Mutants is that it has two conflicting genres fighting for dominance.

On the one hand, the film starts as a Horror Movie and sets up some interesting plot points. But then, at various points of the story, the film suddenly remembers it’s a Disney Movie and then scales back certain aspects that should have been more graphic. And the result is a Disneyfied Horror film, where love and friendship saves the day.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me explain.

The New Mutants is the last movie from the Fox X-Men universe, and the film follows five young Mutants trapped in a secret facility against their will. But in other to survive, these Mutants will need to face their past sins and work together to save themselves.

First off, let’s give credit where credit is due. When it comes to visual effects, The New Mutants is at its best. Most of The fight scenes were decent, and the design for each character’s powers was awesome.

Anya Taylor as Magik (The New Mutants)

However, I can’t say the same about the film’s story.

It’s not like the movie’s plot was terrible. I mean, aside from the opening scene, I actually enjoyed the first half of The New Mutants. It does a good job of introducing the characters to the audience. And I thought it was clever of the film to use the nightmare sequences to build up tension while also exploring each mutant’s tragic backstory.

However, the second half is where the clash in tone and genre becomes more pronounced (especially towards the Movie’s ending). The final fight felt like a constant back and forth between Horror, Action, and a Kid’s Movie. And somehow, the film found a way to do none of them justice.

In fact, while watching the last fight, it got to a point where everything just felt cheesy and unrealistic. And I felt terrible for the cast because they were obviously trying their best, but that section of the script was just wrong.

Even if it were PG-13, the movie would have been much better if Disney had just picked a genre and ran with it. However, considering that the film’s story is about confronting fears and past failures, I feel The New Mutants should have always been an R-Rated Horror Movie. And it’s a shame that after three years of waiting, we didn’t get to see what it could have been.

Verdict

The New Mutants' Rating

For a movie with so much potential, The New Mutants is ultimately torn between two Movie genres. And while this isn’t fatal enough to make the film unwatchable, it is enough to ruin what could have been a solid Superhero Horror Movie.

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