After all this time—how many delays has it weathered? Four, I think. And then with it being far from certain that we’d even get to see it at all, much less in the theater—was it worth the wait?
You’re damn right it was. I loved it.
I’m not surprised to hear that Normie hated it. Normie wanted capes and tights and quips. This isn’t that movie. This is a Horror movie that happens to have superheroes in it. Pay no attention to Normie, per usual. Normie’s opinions are never to be trusted.
The movie isn’t perfect. We get to see Wolfsbane in her lupine form far too infrequently. And, because they were required to aim for that PG-13 rating, they couldn’t show much in the way of blood. Also, the villainous doctor is kinda bland, as far as Big Evils go. (That’s because she was supposed to play second banana to Mr. Sinister, whose presence is omnipresent, though he does not appear in the movie, via the shadowy Essex Corporation.) And I would have liked to have seen more of the Demon Bear. Everything else works, though, and the acting is overall quite good. Charlie Heaton, in particular, along with Maisie Williams and the smokin’ hot Anya Taylor-Joy, delivers a terrific performance.
I left the theater with the sense that there was supposed to be an after-credits scene (there was), but it probably got scrapped when Disney bought out Fox and put any potential for a sequel to this one in limbo (it did). Darn shame, because THE NEW MUTANTS lays a strong foundation for a follow-up.