So, as you probably have noticed, I tend to cover The New Mutants way more than is actually necessary. Some of you know that I appreciate novelty — sometimes to a fault. If a movie is able to shake up my own expectations and do something different from its peers, there’s a good chance it’ll make at least the slightest impression on me. It’s a big reason why I enjoy filmmakers like the Wachowskis and Zack Snyder, even if their actual narratives suffer from their ambition.
The New Mutants is exciting on multiple fronts. It’s a full-on horror movie being handed to us in the midst of the golden age of superhero movies, and it doesn’t look like it’s pulling any punches. It’s also a film that was produced at the tail-end of Fox’s solo career (can studios have careers?), and one that was poised to go through extensive reshoots before its release.
Those reshoots never happened, and at the end of last year, director Josh Boone started pushing it on his social media account, later on stating that we’d be getting the film in the originally intended form. But would it be any good?
“I have seen the final cut of the movie, which was really nice because Josh is really happy with it and it was just nice to get the gang all together again,” star Anya Taylor-Joy told Collider. “It felt like this imaginary friend that you keep telling people is real but other people haven’t seen it yet, and now I’m like, ‘No, I told you! It’s a real thing.’ I don’t really know how to feel about a lot of things right now. I have five movies coming out this year and I’m just trying to eat my vegetables and go to sleep and take care of myself.”
I imagine this is similar to how actors feel working on animated films. For many of them, they do the work and hop on to other projects for another three to four years before it even sees the light of day. Sure, they may have to go in and do extra voice work, but as with all things, it takes some serious time.
The fact that we’re getting this kind of story for The New Mutants — a live-action film — is pretty interesting. This was a movie, after all, that should have hit two years ago. In many ways, it seems like the kind of thing you’d expect from an indie film, not one from a major motion picture studio.
Anyway, what do you think of these comments from Taylor-Joy? Does it raise any red flags that she didn’t give her own opinion on the matter? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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