Fantastic Four: Film Review

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The reviews for this reboot of Fantastic Four have been terrible to say the least but I went into a screening with an open mind and the hope that I’ll see it differently – that was not the case. No matter how badly I wanted to be different to the critics, it was just impossible. There is SO much wrong with this movie that it has taken me three days to articulate my feelings properly.

You know the premise – budding scientists Reed Richards (Miles Teller) and Victor Von Doom (Toby Kebbell) create a machine which can teleport matter into another dimension and back with the help of Sue (Kate Mara) and her brother Johnny (Michael B. Jordan). Once they crack it, the group, including Reed’s childhood friend Ben (Jamie Bell), decide to test it themselves but they come in contact with a weird substance which give them superpowers, while Doom is left in the dimension to turn evil.

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The main problem is the story. I really enjoyed the beginning and it seemed so promising. It mainly focused on Reed and his science experiments and if the remainder of the movie had continued with this decent standard of dialogue and characterisation, the audience could have forgiven other blunders. However, the shit hits the fan when they get their powers. Everything is so rushed and we get glimpses of things all on a surface-level. We have no idea how these guys are feeling and how they are coping with their new powers. It time jumps forward a year so we skip out the more interesting section of watching them adapt to their new skills. I felt we were robbed of that. The time jump made no sense and from then on, it felt like a completely different movie.

The issue with Fantastic Four is also that the superhero powers kinda suck. I cringed every time Reed stretched, not just because it’s a lame power, but also because the CGI was AWFUL. It doesn’t seem any better than Ioan Gruffudd’s stretching in the 2005 version. I don’t understand why Fox didn’t invest more money into the effects. They really weren’t good and audiences are at the stage where it is jarring if the effects are obviously bad. The technology is so advanced these days that this should not a problem anymore – especially in a superhero movie.

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It is also very anti-climatic. There is no epic battle that we’ve come to expect from superhero movies. It is set in some unknown planet so it has no real-world implications and it is resolved far too quickly. They essentially each have an individual turn at defeating Doom before realising they work better as a team and after one teamwork attempt, it’s over. It is SO boring. There are no stakes and you just want it be over already. Also during this battle scenes, Teller gets lumbered with so much shitty exposition like ‘we must do this otherwise this will happen’ and the dialogue is just piss poor.

People expect a lot from superhero movies these days but it still surprised me how badly this failed. You just assume people behind those films get it right every time cos Marvel is just on a home run, but it is clearly a lot harder to pull off a good one than we think. The director Josh Trank has distanced himself from this version and it’s no wonder. It would be interesting to see his cut.

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