Directed by Josh Boone. Written by Boone and Knate Lee, based on the New Mutants comics. Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Blu Hunt, Henry Zaga and Alice Braga.
Plot: five young mutants, just discovering their abilities, are held in a facility and fight to escape.
Dani Moonstar (Hunt) escapes the destruction of her reservation, supposedly by a tornado, but she believes that they were running from something else and it killed her father. She awakens in a hospital and is told by Dr. Reyes (Braga) that she is a mutant and that she’s not the only one. There she meets Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane (Williams), who’s very nice to her, Ilyana Rasputin/Majik, who isn’t, Bobby da Costa/Sunspot (Zaga), who hits on her and Sam Guthrie/Cannonball (Heaton), who seems a little indifferent and has mysterious injuries.
All of them have secrets and dark pasts, but they come together to save each other and escape the facility. However, DJ didn’t like that they were such assholes about their damaged pasts in the beginning. And I didn’t like that Ilyana had Lockhead, the purple dragon that Kitty Pryde actually has in the comics. I didn’t understand that change. But DJ didn’t mind that so much. I guess we all have our things.
The Smiley Men that haunted Ilyana were scary looking. The acting was nice. The specials were exceptional. We liked it, but we didn’t love it, mostly because we love the comics so much. And there were holes. For instance, in the comics, Reyes couldn’t have kept them there on her own and Majik could’ve taken her on all by herself. Also, what were the rules? And who was in charge? We thought maybe it was Sinister, but once again, only because we’ve read the comics.
We didn’t feel it was as bad as other critics said it was though.
My score: 52. DJ’s score: 56.