December 3, 2021

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[Review] The New Mutants: a film without fear and without feeling

Christopher Nolan’s latest film, “Tenet”, is not the only feature Venom 2 film that moviegoers have been waiting for to release on August 26, 2020. Five years after the start of the project, “The New Mutants” has finally come to an end by coming out to film. However, spoiler-free, the result doesn’t live up to its promises.

While movie theaters around the world can’t wait for Tenet and its international release this Wednesday, August 26th, many moviegoers and comic book After 3 fans can’t wait for The New Mutants. The film, produced by the studio now known as 20th Century Studios, was directed by Josh Boone ( Our Faulty Stars ) and co-written by Knate Lee. It uses several characters created in 1982 by Chris Claremont, the principal screenwriter of the X-Men, and Bob McLeod, for the eponymous comic series.

The feature film, in the genre Dune oscillating between “teen films” and horror films, follows the arrival of a young Native American, Danielle Moonstar (played by Blu Hunt, seen in the series The Originals), in a mental hospital isolated from the rest of the world after the destruction of her reserve. . He discovers that he is a mutant and goes there to meet four other teens with emerging superpowers: British Rahne Sinclair (Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones), Russian Illyana Raspoutine (Anna Taylor-Joy, Split), Brazilian Roberto Da Costa ( Henry Zaga, Teen Wolf) and another American Sam Guthrie (Charlie Heaton, Stranger Things). They are all followed by Doctor Cecilia Reyes (Alice Braga, Predator), the only doctor from Halloween kills a decrepit establishment, whose mission is to teach them to no longer harm themselves and others. Following Dani’s arrival in the group, the young mutants experience a series of hallucinations that turn out to be increasingly real and dangerous and reveal the true reason for their isolation.

A project that has changed too many times?
Before going into the content of the film itself, we need to The House of Gaunt think briefly about its extremely chaotic production. The New Mutants film adaptation project, which Josh Boone launched, was originally validated by Fox in May 2015 — apparently, in hopes of making a trilogy. The American company is not yet a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company. The feature film 3 mètres au-dessus du ciel went into pre-production in April 2017 with a release goal, originally slated for April 2018. The original idea, to offer the most gruesome superhero film never shown until then, was to capitalize on the phenomenal success of Warner’s It remake. After several ‘reshoots’, the film’s release has been delayed several times, in part to leave more room for Deadpool 2 and later X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

The takeover of Fox by Disney in March 2019 is yet another card reshuffle. A radical change in the tone of the film would be required, again delaying finalization and delaying its theatrical Army of Thieves release several times. Josh Boone even eventually moved on from the project to begin an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel series, “The Scourge”. Disney then reportedly wanted to make sure to add more connections to the rest of the X-Men saga – including The New Mutants. initially to separate – would later change its mind, to return Paranormal Activity the feature film to its macabre dimensions. In the crash, it would even be a question to include a post-credits scene where for the first time the monstrous Lord Sinister will appear. The idea was later abandoned to offer a cameo to Antonio Banderas, playing Roberto Da Costa’s rich dad. Eventually, the idea of ​​a post-credits scene somehow linking the film to the rest of the MCU was scrapped. The film, meanwhile, has been set for a theatrical release in April 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed its programming for the last time, delaying its release until August 26, 2020. If, according to the director, the final outcome remains close to its original intent, it is clear that the journey turbulent projects leave traces on the screen. After all, that’s what Josh Boone can probably count on to justify the poor quality of his film.

Immature acting and writing
More than a horror film, The New Mutants very quickly positioned itself more as a kind of rehash of the umpteenth Breakfast Club (John Hughes, 1985). Therefore, the protagonists are very Malignant young and the actors who make them happen are just as numerous. Despite their well-launched careers, neither of them really manages to stand out and show a game acting worthy of its name. Charlie Heaton plays here Sam, a former miner and author of terrible accidents due to his powers. The role, like most of his cronies, has a certain gravity in which the aktor can, a priori, easily base itself to convey the desired emotion. But by giving the character a strong accent from the southern United States, the actor completely fails to do so. The intensity of the accent varies even as the film progresses, becoming almost comical. The same is, on the one hand, for Maisie Williams who accentuates her natural British accent and whose character oscillates between unifying wisdom, well-used by her diction, and childish wonder. The palm of the shaky acting game still goes to the lead actress, Blu Hunt, who seems completely lost in what she has to express especially in the first third of the film. All of which make this film hard to believe and hence to follow. However, the actors aren’t the only ones at fault: the writing plays a big part in taking away the seriousness the film can claim.

The dialogues all strongly agree, l’image des enchaînements BMF narratifs pataugeant dans un bain aberrant de facilité. D’autant plus que le scénario martèle inlassablement son message, somme toute extrêmement banal, tout au long du film : il faut apprendre contrôler sa peur pour éviter de nourrir le monstre qui sommeille en nous. Monstre qui se manifeste littéralement dans le long-métrage, pour finir d’effacer toute trace de subtilité.