Review: New Mutants

On Friday, Aug 28, the final installment of Fox’s X-Men universe was released. The initial launch of the film was back in April 2018 but was delayed until Feb. 2019. The reason being is that Fox did not want to compete against the high profile film “Deadpool 2” starring Ryan Reynolds. Another release date was established until Walt Disney Company acquired Fox, now owning its film and TV rights. The new launch was on April 3, 2020. 

As the film release came close, COVID-19 struck a worldwide pandemic that made Disney wipe out its entire spring slate of releases, including two of its biggest movies of the year, “Mulan” and Marvel Studios “Black Widow”.

Since the X-Men franchise is pretty much dead after the departure of Hugh Jackman’s character Wolverine, the film gets a good amount of hate towards it. Due to the number of delays the film has also encountered, many people started to lose interest in the film. With the new release date and finally hitting the big screens, people just can’t wait to see how the movie will pan out.

The story is set in an isolated hospital where a group of young mutants is being held for psychiatric monitoring. Mutants such as Mirage can make illusions of people’s fears and wishes, Cannonball can generate thermo-chemical energy and propel through the air, Sunspot can channel solar power, Wolfsbane can turn into a wolf, and Magik can teleport and possess a soul sword. 

The plot of the movie starts when strange occurrences begin to take place. A mutant psychiatrist who can make force fields tries to trick them by convincing the young mutants that they were being prepared to be X-Men, but instead they were being trained to kill. The young mutants now test their new abilities and friendships as they battle to try and make it out alive. Because they are still learning how to use their powers, they are caught off guard when another enemy comes at them. They realized that one of their powers are too dangerous and cannot be controlled. They accidentally used their powers against themselves and summoned what feared them the most. A huge battle between the mutants and the enemy took place. The standoff ended when they finally overcame their fears and controlled their powers. The movie ends when they defeat the enemy and the mutants are finally free. 

The movie was labeled as a horror film, but it was just pictured in a dark tone. The whole production lacked character development and there weren’t enough scenes where the mutants showcased their abilities — it wasn’t until the end where they showed their full potential.

The movie was forcing the whole “mutant” idea by just saying that they are one and occasionally showing their abilities. The ending of the movie was too weak and a horrible way to conclude it. It lacked character arcs, included some weak questionable references, and was too short. 

As a simple superhero movie-loving fan, the movie is not as bad. But if you are a real Marvel enthusiast, then you will hate the movie and Fox’s X-Men franchise a lot more. You will be so grateful that Disney now has control of the X-Men characters, especially considering that they can tell a story a lot better and fit it into a saga, such as the Infinity Saga in Endgame.

Overall, there was nothing special about the film. It’s a simple “superhero” movie with a simple plot. This movie basically sums up the whole X-Men franchise as being dead. Despite being a Marvel movie, there are no post-credits scenes, meaning there are likely no future movies that have connections with it.

The only thing keeping the X-Men relevant is Reynolds’ Deadpool.


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