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The New Mutants – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 87

“Within all of us, there are at least two bores. One of those bores is this movie.”

Daniel and Corky put away their old mutants in anticipation of reviewing Josh Boone’s franchise non-starter, The New Mutants. A movie that no one wanted, The New Mutants suffered through a tortured post-production before getting a perfunctory pandemic release. Bland and pointless beyond belief, The New Mutants is two-thirds traumatic backstory monologues and one-third CGI-on-CGI fisticuffs. It wants to be so many things and ends up being absolutely nothing.

Elsewhere, Daniel and Corky discuss skeevy Slendermen, purple dragons, laser swords and fear bears.


Ava (Caroline Hostetler)


Daniel’s craft spirit: Patio29 Twin Mischief Dark Rum (45% ABV)

U.S. theatrical release date: Aug. 28, 2020

Domestic box office: $23 million (production budget: $70-80 million)

Critics scores: 35 on Rotten Tomatoes; 43 on Metacritic

This week’s darer: Matt Barnes

Why did Matt dare Daniel and Corky to watch The New Mutants“I saw this at the drive-in when indoor theaters were closed. It’s always hard to see what’s happening on the screen from inside my car, but I don’t think an indoor theater would have helped. This movie with several release dates features several different genres: Marvel action flick, horror flick, young adult romance flick, and succeeds at none of them.”

IMDB synopsis: “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.”

This week’s referenced movies: the X-Men franchise; Point Blank (1967); the John Wick movies; A Christmas Story 2; the Marvel Cinematic Universe; Hercules in New YorkThe Fault in Our StarsThe Breakfast ClubA Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream WarriorsThe Long Good FridayIt (2017); Sucker Punch; WatchmenOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s NestThe Incredibles365 DaysDeep Blue SeaThe Wizard of Oz

Ratings: Daniel – Dare; Corky – Dare


Original theatrical trailer for The New Mutants

The first two minutes

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