The New Mutants Movie Review: 3-year Delay Did Not End Well

The New Mutants

The New Mutants finally got released in this pandemic year after a 3-year long delay in production. We finally get to see the movie after its DVD and digital release this November.

Now, the question is, should you skip it or watch it? Read on this review to find out.

3-year Long Delay

I can still remember back in 2017 when Fox released a trailer for a new movie in the X-Men universe; a different kind of X-Men movie. Posing a darker and much scarier tone, it got a lot of X-Men fans excited. 2017 went by and then 2018, and then 2019 and all fans got was a new trailer every year. It wasn’t until March 2020 when finally The New Mutants got the green light for its theatrical release and then the pandemic came. Ultimately, the film was released in August 2020.

Three long years of production issues and still the movie was not able to reach a lot of audiences upon its release. Don’t worry, though, as you might be better off missing this one.

People always say, patience is a virtue, and that good things come to those who wait. Sadly, this wasn’t the case with The New Mutants.


The New Mutants aimed to be the first film under the superhero horror genre. The result? A little bit of superhero and a little bit of horror. It’s not bad per se but there really isn’t a lot in it. Add to the fact that we waited 3 years only to see so little bit of anything, that’s just disappointing.

The cast which included Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams as Rahne Sinclair aka Wolfsbane, Stranger Things star Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga (City of God), Blu Hunt (The Originals) and Henry Zaga  (13 Reasons Why). The actors did their jobs but the characters they played are simply just meh.

Not to take anything away from the other actors but it was The Queen’s Gambit star Anya Taylor-Joy’s Illyana Rasputin aka Magik who stole the show. She was the little bit of superhero and the little bit of horror in the film and literally the only character I cared about. Too bad, though, the movie’s plot didn’t focus on her because if it did The New Mutants would have been a totally different movie. A better one I reckon.

The Fault in our Stars director Josh Boone helmed this one and I think it’s safe to say, this is not his best work.

Skip or Watch?

One would expect that after 3 years of shooting and reshooting that The New Mutants would be good or at least meet the viewers’ expectations: a superhero movie and a horror movie. Instead, all we got was just a little bit of both. And that’s just not good enough. Honestly, if it wasn’t for Anya Taylor-Joy’s Magik, I wouldn’t have finished watching the movie.

So, if you’re looking to grab a copy of The New Mutants, just don’t.

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