Three years after it was shot, the X-Men spin-off New Mutants was released to timid buzz and rotten reviews on Friday.
The New Mutants shot all the way back in 2017, the movie suffered various delays due to big-screen clashes and the Disney-Fox merger. Now that Josh Boone’s movie has finally been released, many U.S. based critics are opting not to review the movie due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The New Mutants, starring Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton and others was not screened for the press in the United States, and currently rated at 22% on Rotten Tomatoes.
There was a point during its production, however, that 20th Century Fox was so disappointed in the film that the studio was contemplating restarting from scratch.
As the studio wasn’t pleased with the film. “You could throw the movie out, start over, and it would still be the least expensive X-Men movie so far,” an executive as said, according to an anonymous source.
Reviews put together on gamerader.com include:
The review reads: “Generic and, at its best, straining to be heartfelt… making vague references to the X-Men franchise but attempting to stand on its own. Unfortunately, it rarely does.” The saving grace appears to be the movie’s trio of female heroes – Maisie Williams’ Wolfsbane, Blu Hunt’s Dani, and Anya Taylor-Joy’s Magik – as THR adds: “The film’s trio of young and tough female leads manages to give your typically male-dominated genre something of a feminine twist.”
Travis Hopson of PunchDrunkCritics writes: “Boone gets the balance all wrong; the scares aren’t nearly impactful enough and the teen bonding waylaid by embarrassingly clunky dialogue.” But, like the Hollywood Reporter, Hopson makes special mention of the performances of the young cast: “The cast are all good enough they would warrant being brought back, especially Taylor-Joy. Perhaps, when Marvel decides to reboot The New Mutants, as they inevitably will, they’ll ask her to pick up the sword again.”
Meanwhile, in Canada, Barry Hertz at The Globe and Mail notes, “It is difficult to pinpoint exactly where Boone goes wrong, because there are just so many options to choose from.” Yikes.