A new spinoff of the popular Disney ‘X-Men’ is coming to theaters soon. The superhero film ‘New Mutants’ needs to undergo screening first to garner reviews from film publications and critics, but the industry authorities are refusing to do so without safety precautions.
The AV Club, RogerEbert, and Boston Globe have all expressed their stands on their refusal to review the film within this week when the production studio did not provide links to screen the movie or arrange press screenings following safety protocols so that it may be conducted in a safe manner.
Disney gave no other alternatives aside from a public screening which is a risky move and in violation of safety guidelines for Covid-19. Theaters that have opened allow their audiences to not wear masks for eating and drinking.
As stated in the public statement released by the AV Club, going to the cinemas poses a grave danger, and it is not a risk that the film publication is willing to take.
”There is no scenario in which going to a movie theater is a good idea,” Dr. Anne W. Rimoin, professor of epidemiology and director of the Center For Global And Immigrant Health at the University Of California said.
AV Club also announced that the publication will be officially adopting a new policy during this time of a pandemic. Their reviewers will only attend screenings where social distancing is applied with only minimal press attendees, or via digital screening platforms. It will be mandatory for all their writers even those who do not mind taking the risk.
Brian Tallerico of RogerEbert.com also tweeted their refusal to review New Mutants because of the lack of a safe option but will do so once presented with one, or when it is available of VOD screening platforms. Ty Burr of Boston Globe also shares the same sentiments.
We also will not have a review of The New Mutants because there’s no safe way to do so. https://t.co/U3BzQ5uaPU— Brian Tallerico (@Brian_Tallerico) August 25, 2020
Same. https://t.co/v67MULhooi— Ty Burr (@tyburr) August 25, 2020
Film studios usually do advance screenings for film critics, especially ones whose titles make it almost an impossible thing to get good reviews. In the case of ‘New Mutants,’ being a recent spinoff for a franchise that has been going on for two decades now, beginning with the very first X-Men movie that dates back to 2000. If it wasn’t for the pandemic, holding the screening would not be a hassle.
The Warner Bros. Studios were able to carry out press screenings for the movie ‘Tenet’ in London and it led to some reviews posted online just last week. Reviews from the LA Times and IndieWire included disclaimers that safety protocols were followed during the event and that audiences should also abide by these guidelines set by the CDC and other health authorities.