The New Mutants - Five Reasons You'll Love It
A lot has happened since the start button was pushed on the development of The New Mutants.
When it was first announced in the early months of 2015, it was billed as a dark spin-off from the X-Men universe, with director Josh Boone, fresh off megahit The Fault In Our Stars, taking charge.
The X-Men franchise was riding high on the success of Days Of Future Past and owners 20th Century Fox were looking for every possible angle to expand things.
Since then, everything has changed. While a hit, Days Of Future Past follow-up X-Men: Apocalypse didn't repeat the success of his predecessor, and after the muted performance of 2019's Dark Phoenix, the X-Men universe is now scheduled for a total reboot.
As well as this, Fox is now the property of Disney, meaning the rights to the X-Men characters, sold by Marvel to Fox back in 1994, are now back with Disney and can be folded into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
All of which makes The New Mutants not only the last film of its kind, but has also seen it suffer heavy delays with behind the scenes shenanigans.
First billed for release in 2017, it has slipped over and over again, but finally is in cinemas now.
Starring Game Of Thrones' Maisie Williams and Split's Anya Taylor-Joy, the film follows five young mutants, all of whom are just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will. Together they will fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.
Williams plays Rahne Sinclair, a girl struggling to reconcile her religious beliefs with her power to turn into a wolf, while Taylor-Joy is Illyana Rasputin, a Russian mutant with immense sorcery powers.
Newcomers Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt and Charlie Heaton play Sunspot, Moonstar and Cannonball respectively, while Elysium star Alice Braga plays Dr Ceilia Reyes, a mutant and medical doctor who acts as a mentor for the new mutants.
Now, of course, for plenty of people who sit down to watch this film, all the delays and comings and goings will be meaningless. The only question is, does the film hold up in a franchise which has run for 20 years, with plenty of big, big highs in that time?
We sat down to watch and came up with five reasons why you'll love this action-packed drama...
It's full of action...
The trailers have made this feel a little like a brooding teen drama, but it's far more action-packed than that. There are epic set pieces and plenty of explosion action.
But it's not for the faint-hearted...
It's not quite a horror, but there are plenty of truly wince-worthy moments, which earn the film its 15 rating.
It's a short, sharp shock...
At a tidy 93 minutes, this film doesn't outstay its welcome. With five new characters to introduce, openings are handled swiftly and we're straight into the action.
Anya Taylor-Joy steals the show...
As Illyana Rasputin, a mischievous, rebellious Russian, the Split star is having a lot of fun here. It's great to watch.
The ending is spectacular...
You'll get no spoilers here, but there is one hell of a final fight. It's a CGI marvel to behold.