Critics call ‘The New Mutants’ movie ‘generic’ and ‘the sub-basement of originality’


    « The New Mutants » hit theaters Friday after many delays, and the reviews are starting to roll in, some calling it « generic » and « eye-rolling. »

    Young misfits with superpowers are subjected to their worst nightmares in the horror thriller « The New Mutants. »

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    The film stars Maisie Williams (as Wolfsbane), Henry Zaga (Sunspot), Blu Hunt (Mirage), Charlie Heaton (Cannonball) and Anya Taylor-Joy (Magik) as misfit teenagers with superpowers who have to team up to fight their way out of a mysterious asylum.

    Originally intended to be a spinoff for Fox’s « X-Men » movie franchise, « New Mutants » has traveled a rough and complicated road since its initial release date of April 2018. It was delayed to get out of the way of fellow mutant superhero film « Deadpool 2, » and then to give it a buffer from the X-Men movie « Dark Phoenix. »

    It was bumped again after Disney’s acquisition of Fox in 2019 and then due to COVID-19 before garnering its current Friday theatrical release date.

    The Hollywood Reporter said in its review that the film « will provide an eye-rolling case of déjà vu. »

    « Generic and, at its best, straining to be heartfelt, director Josh Boone’s adaptation of the Marvel spin-off comic series is a Marvel movie spinoff in its own right, making vague references to the X-Men franchise but attempting to stand on its own, » the review says. « Unfortunately it rarely does, even if the film’s trio of young and tough female leads manages to give your typically male-dominated genre something of a feminine twist. »

    Canadian newspaper « The Globe and Mail » had a review headline that didn’t mince words: « The New Mutants will make you hate the X-Men more than Magneto. »

    The review’s author, Barry Hertz, described the movie on Twitter as « a giant elevator pitch of an X-Men movie that leads directly to the sub-basement of originality. »

    THE NEW MUTANTS: On the X-Men Movie Awfulness Scale, this rests somewhere between Oscar Isaac’s « leaaaarrrrning » and Magneto destroying Auschwitz. Best parts are when the heroes watch suspiciously copious amounts of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which helped kill the running time.

    On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an 18% Tomatometer score and a 57% audience score as of Friday at 10 a.m. ET.

    « With no real connection to the X-Men universe aside from the characters being mutants, I still found it frustrating how boring it was and how uninteresting the characters are given the quality of most of the previous X-Men films, » user @MKEMovieMan tweeted.

    « as a diehard new mutants fan: don’t watch new mutants. just don’t do it stop supporting this trainwreck of a movie, » user @kindlestuck tweeted.

    The lack of early United States-based reviews is largely due to the coronavirus pandemic, as some media outlets are opting not to send their writers to movie theaters.

    For example, in lieu of a review, The A.V. Club explained it wouldn’t be seeing or reviewing the film anytime soon due to Disney’s lack of an advance screening or a digital review link.

    « That’s a risk The A.V. Club will not be taking to review a movie, any movie, » A.V. Club’s article stated.

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