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About the Film
THE FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
Too Dark For Its Own Good!
I went into this movie with hope and optimism and not put off by the negative light shone towards it. An hour and 40 minutes later, I left feeling empty and unsatisfied. Comic book films are supposed to make you feel inspired, but not this one. So what is wrong with it? One word chemistry. In any superhero team/ensemble there should be great character interactions and a feeling that these guys can effectively make a team, never mind a 'fantastic' team. The best team movies all have characters playing off each other as in the Avengers and X-Men. However, there is zero chemistry between any of the F4. We see an attempt at some early romance between Reed and Sue which doesn't go anywhere. Johnny Storm is billed as a genius but troubled kid however we never see why he has a high IQ, he is just shifted in to make up the numbers. We never see him form any sustainable bond with any of the others. Ben Grimm also appears as an outsider, brought in with little sense to the project to fill the final slot. The chemistry between the original F4 (2005) was much better where as here they feel like 4 individuals. The climatic battle takes place in the most boring environment that you can imagine. It is over within 10 minutes, with not much ingenuity to overcome a half decent attempt at Dr Doom, who at first seems very intimidating. This film will be quickly forgotten and the question isn't whether a sequel will be made or whether it will cross over with X-Men, but is the original Fantastic 4 film a better watch than this depressing, dull comic book movie!
Better than the critics say
This movie is a lot better than the critics say. The beginning and the middle are enjoyable, though the last third lets it down a bit.
Overall it's very easy to follow even for someone who doesn't watch superhero movies, however the villain fight is the biggest let down.
I'm hoping the older Fantastic 4 movies return to iTunes as I'm interested to see them now!
You know after all of the negative hype this is actually a good film I really enjoyed it. I don't know the comics but for me it's far better than the last two films.