Yes, it’s in there. Yes, it’s prominent. But it’s portrayed tastefully, sans titillation, offering neither glorification (i.e. virtue signaling) or condemnation. In other words, it is handled exactly the way it ought to be handled. It’s just one component of the overall story, not more important than any other. It feels genuine. Real. It isn’t forced and doesn’t come off that way. It’s probably the best portrayal of a gay relationship I’ve ever seen in a movie. No exaggeration there.
Look, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN was amazing and heartbreaking. But the whole point of that movie was the relationship. That’s usually the case with any movie involving a gay romantic relationship. In THE NEW MUTANTS, it’s treated as nothing special—and because of that, it’s something very special. Director Josh Boone not making a big deal out of it is itself a really big deal. It’s like the movie is saying, yeah, these two girls are in a gay relationship. So what? That’s precisely how it should be. The coupling is treated no differently than the hetero hook-up between Magik and Sunspot. Not that those characters ever get called by their comicbook names in the movie. And not that it’s really Magik in the skinny-dipping scene with ‘Berto; it’s a dream projection of his fears. But you get what I’m saying.