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Fantastic Four (2015)


Any person looking to direct movies one day, stay away from Marvel.

Ever since he was a young kid, Reed Richards (Miles Teller) has always wanted to use science for the greater-good of the world and one day, during his high school’s science fair, he finally gets the chance to do so. When Dr. Franklin Storm (Reg E. Cathey) walks up to Reed and propositions him with the idea of working for him, in his laboratory, on a full-time scholarship, Reed has no chance but to accept the offer. Reed soon joins in with the likes of Storm’s two children, Johnny (Michael B. Jordan) and the adopted Sue (Kate Mara), and an intelligent recluse by the name of Victor von Doom (Toby Kebbell). All of these intelligent brains combined, work on a teleportation device that takes them to a dark and scary world full of clouds, rocks, and lava. Eventually, their project works, but one day, when they decide to travel out into the world on their own, things go awry with everyone involved. Reed becomes a floppy man that can stretch any part of his body, Sue can become invisible and create force-fields, Johnny can fly and light himself on fire, Reed’s childhood buddy, Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell), becomes a huge, rock thingy, and von Doom, who sadly gets left behind, is able to control things using his mind and power. After this incident, none of their lives will ever be the same.

Why we're people pissed-off at this casting-choice.....

Why we’re people pissed-off at this casting-choice….

So yeah, there’s already been lots and lots of problems surrounding Fantastic Four and mostly all of it can be chalked up to the fact that, once again, Marvel and a director of their choosing, don’t seem to get along. In this case, it’s Josh Trank who had to suffer from all of the chipping, chopping and rules of Marvel. Which is a total shame because Trank’s first flick, Chronicle, was a fun, entertaining, and surprisingly smart superhero movie that fell back on its genius ways of telling a story, rather than relying on a big brand-name that people can spot on any billboard from a mile away. And while it would make sense that Trank getting a chance to make another movie about young people becoming superheros would be another home-run, sadly, that doesn’t happen.

Except it’s not always as bad as it may have been said to be.

For at least the first hour or so, Fantastic Four seems like Trank’s movie full and through. It takes its time building characters, showing their relationships with one another, and giving us a certain amount of time to get used to them, the story they’re involved with, and get a chance to see just what may occur once everything goes South (as we know these movies tend to do). This earlier-portion of the movie is where Trank’s, Simon Kinberg’s, and Jeremy Slater’s writing seems to be at their best; not only does it seem like we’re going somewhere with this story, but we’re getting a chance to get a feel for these characters so that it’s easier for us to connect with them and relate. It may take awhile to get where it needs to get, but it’s funny, entertaining and, at the very least, interesting.

Then, things go awry.

After the gang goes to this parallel universe lazily titled “Planet Zero” and everybody’s got their own, respective super powers, then something strange happens to the movie. For some reason that I can’t explain other than the mandatory re-shoots that were needed for this project, the government somehow gets involved, Reed Richards runs away, and out of nowhere, Doom finally comes into play and starts blowing up each and every person’s heads. Why that is, we never get a chance to know, but when we see Doom get put back into the story after being away from him for about a half-hour, it’s as sinister and as scary as scenes with Dr. Doom should be.

..when they should have been pissed-off at this one?

..when they should have been pissed-off at this one?

But then, all of that seems to go down the drain once we get an eventual battle with Doom and the Four, and eventually, it becomes as clear as day that he’s so easily beatable. Rather than feeling like a film where an opponent seems to get the better of his rival(s), whoever edited the final-half of this movie make it seem like a boss fight in a video-game. Before defeating the bad guy and beating the game, you may have to go back and restart the level a few times, trying different combos and buttons out, all before you do get the chance to beat him and moving on with your day as if you have truly accomplished something revolutionary.

I’d expect that with a battle between Mario and Bowser, but not Dr. Doom and the Fantastic Four.

And it’s a shame too, because with the ensemble that Trank was able to get together for this, it seems like a missed-opportunity that he wasn’t able to get more out of each and everyone of them. Don’t get me wrong, everybody here is fine and seem like they’re on the same page when it comes to reading the script and performing it, but each and everyone of their own talents get lost in a mess of a final-act that doesn’t know how to wrap itself up. In the end, everything that happened before makes it feel like it was all just a lead-up to next week’s episode, where the Fantastic Four will, once again, battle against a certain evil, have problems along the way, break-off, get back together, and once and for all, beat the super, duper villain.

And even though there’s already a sequel planned for this, something tells me plans may get scrapped. Which, to be honest, isn’t something I want. To me, deep down inside, there seems to be a good, entertaining, and relatively smart Fantastic Four movie just lurking around somewhere in the darkness. But because the powers that B from Marvel got involved, everything went to shit and we’re instead left with an incredibly mediocre superhero movie that serves more as a cautionary tale, rather than a celebration for the fans of these comic book characters getting to see them on the screen once again.

Only time will tell though.

Consensus: After about the first hour or so, Fantastic Four becomes the trainwreck you’d expect it to be, but for a good while, it’s entertaining and compelling, until all of the fun times go away and we’re left with plenty to be desired.

5 / 10

So, what else can he stretch?

So, what else can he stretch?

Photo’s Credit to: IMDB, AceShowbiz

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13 responses to “Fantastic Four (2015)

  1. ninvoid99 August 11, 2015 at 5:13 am

    Actually, it’s not Marvel that was in control of the production. It’s 20th Century Fox.

  2. Rodney Twelftree August 11, 2015 at 8:02 am

    I agree – this isn’t the wreck I expected. It’s certainly not Catwoman bad, that much is certain. Strangely, I actually enjoyed this more than I hoped – nay, dared – to enjoy it, and aside from the issues you mentioned, it wasn’t totally terrible. Certainly not “great” or even “average”, but it’s not the dog’s breakfast the online community has been screeching about these last few days.

  3. legobear August 11, 2015 at 8:23 am

    It was Fox that made the changes to the movie and not marvel. Fox still own the rights to FF and X:Men. I agree with you it was good to start with but it seemed to be over before it begin and I was thoroughly disappointed and gave my first real bad review. I wanted to like it but couldn’t.

  4. jeroenadmiraal2015 August 11, 2015 at 8:51 am

    This wasn’t Marvel, Dan, It’s 20th Century Fox. I think they made a remake to keep the rights to Fantastic Four from falling into the hands of Marvel. And now people are saying that they want Marvel to make a FF movie next because they would do a better job.

  5. MyTinyObsessions August 11, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Fortunately Marvel has absolutely nothing to do with this movie, 20th Century Fox has the rights to X-Men, Deadpool and Fantastic Four. Marvel’s productions have been consistently good and nothing like this.

  6. Ulkar Alakbarova August 11, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    I fell asleep at movie theater… and once i woke up I realized that my dream was much colorful than Fantastic Four. I did not even bother writing about it… 🙂

  7. ianthecool August 11, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Yeah, I’ll probably skip this one. Sounds like you thought there was potential though, too bad.

  8. Keith August 12, 2015 at 3:17 am

    You got more out of this that I did. I kinda hated it. Poor characters, underdeveloped relationships, lame “action”.

    Good review.

  9. Mark Hobin August 12, 2015 at 3:38 am

    I actually didn’t think it was a trainwreck. The first two-thirds are decent sci-fi. It’s in the final third where it all falls apart.

  10. Jordan Thornell August 12, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Glad you gave it a reasonable review! It definitely wasn’t the best Marvel film by far, and the reboot/remake seemed kind of pointless, but it was entertaining enough. Nice review!

  11. Paskalis Damar AK August 14, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    The finale was the face of ‘Doom’ itself for the whole movie. Reed once said it to Harvey, “you made it ugly.” Seems like he knew what the filmmakers chose to make.

  12. Connor August 15, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    In my opinion, 5/10 is too good for this movie but I agree with what is good in the film. The first half is a decent introduction and build up. The casting is good although incredibly under utilized and not well developed. I thought they were a little indecisive on the tone, I think if you’re going away from the campiness of the 2005 movies, you go all the way and almost make this have a sort of horror feel to it. The main problem I had with this film is how much potential it had. It had a good cast, good visuals, and its made by the same studio that has put out some great films that have potential to create an entertaining larger universe. The future of this movie could have been great and now I’m not totally sure if it has one. Even if the movie rights end up going back to Marvel, it has poor chances of going over well based on how many times its been rebooted

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