Film Preview: The New Mutants (2020)

Page Revisions:

(October 15, 2017) Original
(January 12, 2020) New Trailer (#2) / New Poster (#1) / New Release Date (changed from (4/13/18)
(July 26, 2020) New Trailer (#3) / New Posters (#2-#4) / New Release Date (changed from 4/3/20)
(August 23, 2020) New Posters (#5-#13)

Release Date:

August 28, 2020


From IMDb: “Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.”

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Review: (#1) So many horror movies have used this kind of trapped souls motif as part of a scene in the film, but for a poster it’s not that interesting.

(#2) Based off the original design of faces trying to press through the canvas, this design marks one of the weaker entries in the Japanese-styled efforts for the Asian markets. (#3) Starting at one point towards the bottom, the title looks like it might be an x-ray of each character, but as it progresses through the characters, it becomes less specific and more generic. (#4) This design doesn’t make a lot of sense, especially since all of these mutants don’t have glowing eyes in the comics.

(#5) The reflected image having their powers slightly displayed is a nice touch, but everything’s too small and limited in color. (#6) Looks quite a lot like designs from the 1980s from A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors to Fright Night. It’s an interesting aesthetic, but not terribly instructive. (#7) Weird color combinations and poorly arranged character images, this design is rather lackluster. (#8) A combination of designs 6 and 7, the combination doesn’t embellish nor diminish the impact, sitting firmly between the two. (#9) Poorly drawn and dull in both composition and coloration. (#10) Hideous colors and the Predator-style heat signature doesn’t impress. (#11) It looks like a paw print with the characters as fingers/toes. The numbers don’t fit and the colors and distressed elements look ugly together. (#12) Another dully arranged design with colors and a tagline that aren’t that compelling. (#13) More poor color choices and arrangements with the shadows symbolizing captivity without inspiration.

Trailer Rating: B+ / C+ / B

Review: (#1) There’s a new breed of X-Men film in the works and it looks wholly unlike anything else we’ve seen in the universe. That it is vaguely reminiscent of A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors only makes me more interested.

(#2) Delayed two years, this latest trailer is nothing if not a disappointment. The creepiness of the first trailer and the promise of a unique twist on the superhero universe was superb in that original outing. Now, after two years of sitting on the shelf, Disney has managed to cut a trailer that’s oftentimes unappealing and almost entirely confusing.

(#3) Showing off the powers of the mutants might make this film look a little more interesting than the second trailer would have suggested. That said, the first teaser is a lot more fascinating and still does a better job setting up intrigue than this one.

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