Director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) has confirmed our worst fears. The New Mutants movie will be rated PG-13. I know, I know; this might not be a terrible thing. There are quite a few horror movies that have done extremely well with a PG-13 rating. And Boone confirmed that it will be a hard PG-13, perhaps the hardest.
“This movie is probably the hardest PG-13 ever made. I mean, we’ve pushed it. The horror is pretty dark, but there’s also an emotional core, too. If I can scare you and make you cry: that’s the goal,” he explains.
It’s true that this will be a very different avenue to channel a superhero movie through. I mean, this past year we had Logan, and we see how well that turned out. I suppose there is hope after-all, then.
Unlike many, I do believe that filmmakers in the superhero genre, especially when it comes to MPAA ratings, should be free to do as they please. If the final product is R, then that’s the cut you make; and vice versa. I’ve heard others exclaim that Disney had a hand in the final rating for the film. But remember, this movie was supposed to be released this year, and they wouldn’t have owned the rights to it yet.
So why get involved? I’m not sure why the initial test screening didn’t go as planned and you can speculate as you wish. What I am sure of, though: I want a good movie. If that means it gets pushed back by a few months, that’s fine. The director, and the trailer for that matter, made it very clear that we won’t see any costumes; another problem some audiences/fans have with the movie.
How do you feel about superhero movie ratings? Should this have been R-rated? Will it be the super-horror film we’ve all been hoping for? We will have to find out on February 22, 2019.