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)
THE NEW MUTANTS FACTS AND FIGURES
Daniel’s craft spirit: Patio 29 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 York; The Fault in Our Stars; The Breakfast Club; A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors; The Long Good Friday; It (2017); Sucker Punch; Watchmen; One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; The Incredibles; 365 Days; Deep Blue Sea; The Wizard of Oz
Ratings: Daniel – Dare; Corky – Dare