First Review Of Josh Boone’s ‘The New Mutants’ Calls It ‘Generic’

The mutant movie's luck isn't improving.

After years of delays, Josh Boone’s The New Mutants is nearly here, but the first review for the X-Men spin-off calls it disappointingly “generic.”

After seemingly becoming one of the most unluckiest comic book movies in history, Josh Boone’s The New Mutants has received its first review, and it’s not looking good for the team. There’s been plenty of conversation about the film in recent weeks, with the cast and director praising the horror direction of the film. While Boone himself recently opened up about the romance angle of the film with Mirage and Wolfsbane’s relationship. But after the first review of the film from The Hollywood Reporter arrived online, it seems fans might have hyped up the mutant movie a little too much.

According to Jordan Mintzer at THR, The New Mutants is a generic comic-book movie that doesn’t do much to separate itself from the countless other superhero movies that have come before it. The review also likened it to episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Although it does praise the film’s choice to have a trio of female leads rather than a typical white male hero taking charge. Unfortunately, it seems too similar to previous teen-movies and superhero adventures alike, with THR saying “it will provide an eye-rolling case of déjà vu.”

What do you think of the first review for Josh Boone’s The New Mutants? Are you surprised that it might be a disappointing release? Sound-off in the comments below!

Here is the official synopsis for The New Mutants:

In this terrifying, action-fueled film based on the MARVEL comic series, five young people who demonstrate special powers are brought to a secret institution to undergo treatments they are told will cure them of the dangers of their powers. Included are Danielle Moonstar aka Mirage (Blu Hunt), who creates illusions from other people’s fears; Rahne Sinclair (Maisie Williams), who transforms into the werewolf Wolfsbane; Sam Guthrie (Charlie Heaton), who, as Cannonball, can fly at jet speeds protected by a force field; Roberto da Costa aka Sunspot (Henry Zaga), who absorbs and channels solar power; and Illyana Rasputin aka Magik (Anya Taylor-Joy). The younger sister of Colossus, Magik becomes encased in armor at will and wields a soulsword that amplifies her multiple superhuman and psychic abilities.

Invited by Dr. Cecilia Reyes (Alice Braga) to share their stories about when their powers first manifested, the five “patients” come to understand that they are in a class of people called mutants, who have historically been marginalized and feared. As they relive their origin stories, their memories seem to turn into terrifying realities. Soon, they question what is real and what isn’t, and it becomes clear that the institution isn’t what it seems. Now the question is — why are they being held captive? And who is trying to destroy them? The tension and horror mount in this white-knuckle thrill ride directed by Josh Boone and co-written by Boone and Knate Lee.

Directed by Josh Boone from a script he co-wrote with Knate Lee, The New Mutants stars Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Blu Hunt, and Henry Zaga.

The New Mutants is currently scheduled to be released in theaters on August 28th. Stay tuned for all the latest news on The New Mutants and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Source: THR

Eammon Jacobs

Eammon Jacobs

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