The last of the mutants
The New Mutants has one of the most unusual odysseys in terms of its' release. A film originally meant to come out nearly three years ago but kept getting delayed for one reason after another; the debacle alone warrants its' own article but that's a story for another day. The major question here is after all this time waiting, is The New Mutants the flaming hot mess that Fox, and to an extent Disney couldn't figure out what to do with? The short answer to that is no but here's a little background about the confusion. Originally meant as a starting off point from the events of Logan, the film was meant to introduce a new generation of mutants while retaining some elements of the previous films to build on the continuance. However, the acquisition of the rights to the franchise derailed these plans, affecting the plot of the film in several ways so what we got is all that there will ever be which isn't to say it's ALL bad. The film revolves around 5 young mutants who have difficulties grasping their abilities and are forced to stay at secured facility for their "own good". Here the youngsters face their own personal demons that literally manifest themselves within the halls of the facility while uncovering the secret of why they're really there. The plot leaves a lot to be desired for reasons already pointed out but in all fairness, the film does do a great job splitting the character development across all 5 of the protagonists especially Anya Taylor-Joy who steals the show as Illyana Rasputin. The film isn't perfect but it's nowhere near the epic failure everyone is making it out to be, and while it's a shame this story is as far as it gets, in the least it's better than last year's horrendous Dark Phoenix and that is a major compliment.