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The New Mutants – Movie Review (Spoiler Free)

The New Mutants Is Finally In Theaters

We now have a proper send-off for the Fox X-Men franchise. After being delayed for almost 3 years, The New Mutants is finally in theaters but that is if your local theater is operating during the current pandemic.

Synopsis

Based on the MARVEL comic series of the same name, five young people who demonstrate special powers are brought to a secret institution to undergo treatments they are told will cure them of the dangers of their powers. As they relive their origin stories, their memories seem to turn into terrifying realities. Soon, they question what is real and what isn’t, and it becomes clear that the institution isn’t what it seems. Now the question is — why are they being held captive? And who is trying to destroy them?

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Straight To The Point

This movie has pace issues from the beginning as it draws you in immediately, then comes to a standstill. It isn’t until the final act when things get exciting. After seeing years of teasers and trailers I went in thinking that there would be strong horror elements, that would give me a few scares. Unfortunately, this movie is not as dark and scary as anticipated.

There are tons of nods to the X-Men and a cool easter-egg of one of the most notorious villains we have been teased for a very long time in these movies. The stand out mutant throughout the movie was Illyana Rasputin aka Magik played superbly by Anya Taylor-Joy who I could watch a movie focused just on her. Magik is the younger sister of Colossus, who is encased in armor at will and wields a soul-sword that amplifies her multiple superhuman and psychic abilities.

Demon Bear being the villain is no surprise or a spoiler . Visually he looks pretty awesome but does not have too much screen time due to the rushed last act. There is no end-credit scene even though it did get filmed. After the Fox-Disney merger, they had to scrap it since it did set up a sequel.

The Grade

I give Marvel’s last non-MCU movie a 6.5/10 and now understand why it was delayed. Don’t let this movie draw you into theaters if you feel at risk during the world’s current situation.

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