Sunday, August 16, 2015

Fantastic Four (2015)
Released August 7th, 2015
1 hr 40 mins
Rated PG-13
Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy


Director: Josh Trank
Writer: Jeremy Slater, Simon Kinberg, Josh Trank

Miles Teller as Reed Richards / Mr. Fantastic
Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm / Human Torch
Kate Mara as Susan "Sue" Storm / Invisible Woman
Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm / Thing
Toby Kebbell as Victor von Doom / Doctor Doom
Reg E. Cathey as Dr. Franklin Storm
Tim Blake Nelson as Dr. Harvey Allen

Review by Stephen M.

Quite possibly the best Fantastic Four movie released this year, I won't go into detail as far as how bad the many critics and movie goers have made it out to be.  This version of the movie follows the comic book series Ultimate Fantastic Four which features a totally different origin story.  From there however, the comic book and movie completely diverges with little character development and chemistry and ridiculously CGI heavy, short epic battle scene that you lets you down as much as Dr. Doom does.

From the beginning of the film you can appreciate what the filmmakers are trying to do especially if you're a fan of Ultimate Fantastic Four.  But aside from the chemistry between Reed and Ben early on, all of this is pretty much thrown out the window along with any other idea of building up the family chemistry that we know and love of any iteration of Fantastic Four teams.  Case in point, we don't see the friendly rivalry between Johnny and Ben until perhaps the last 5 minutes of the movie for about a 1 minute dialogue.  

Overall, I would only recommend this film as a case study for future filmmakers on how to ruin a Marvel film.  Taking Dr. Doom for example, while I know that the Ultimate version is not quite the same as the regular Marvel Universe (616)'s Dr. Doom, you can't help but shake your head and say what the heck as he is revealed.  Again with little in terms of character developments instead to say 1 year later do we see that the group of four would be heroes are able to come together in a foreign universe that is now apparently breathable to take on Doom with God-like powers.  Hey, they had to finish the film in a hurry, to get the piece of poop out, so let's not bother with explanations.  Let's hope that the sequel in 2017 will start off with Jessica Alba as the Invisible Woman waking up to a bad dream that was 2015.


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