Monday, August 10, 2015

Movie Review: Fantastic Four (2015)

IMDB Storyline: 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.

Critter's Corner: The 2015 Fantastic Four Movie was suppose to be a fresh reboot of one of the most successful teams in the Marvel Universe. Instead it will be remembered as this summer's flop that has left data dumps of collateral damage from the Director, Studio, and Actors. However, this fallout should not be a surprise to anyone including the fans. If you decide to create a movie in a black box or you do not utilize the comics for source materials then this is the end result. Josh Trank and 20th Century Fox wanted to create a new fresh look. However, there is always trouble when neither are on the same page and that is obvious throughout this film. 

Transported to an alternate universe, four young students (and another) gain superpowers as they have been altered from the travel. Students Reed Richards becomes Mr. Fantastic, able to stretch and twist his body at will, while his best friend Ben Grimm gains strength as the rock like creature they call the Thing, Susan Storm (SPOILER - who did not go), gains the ability to become invisible and objects that aid in flotation, projections, shielding, and invisibility of other objects, Johnny Storm (brother of Susan), can burst into flames, shoot fireballs and fly. Together, they have to stop a friend creating a global threat; Victor Von Doom. 

The movie gets no more complicated than that. The CGI was great watching the team evolve and getting control of their new powers. But that's about the best coming from this movie. The story was rushed, the actors had no chemistry among one another, and Dr. Doom was not well done at all! In fact, a couple of scenes produced laughter from the audience (not in a good way). The intimidating presence from the ruler of Latveria was more than a highly intelligent poor attitude rich student. Johnny and Susan Father (Head of the project) was more intimidating. 

There were a few reaches, interdimensional travel v. space, Susan was adopted and had little to no relationship with her brother Johnny, Love triangle between Reed, Susan, and Victor was invisible and the entire Baxter Building was a research facility. Jac said it best, "the movie was too fast." The FF would have been better as a Netflix Original chopped in 8 clips because that is how the movie felt. Scenes were rushed giving the impression a ton of editing took place. 

Final Thoughts: Wait for this one on DVD. Its an ambitious attempt to reboot FF and all it does becomes a great holiday rental - FLAME OFF - 2 1/2 Stars 

Post by The Dynamic Duo aka Critter's Corner aka - Jac and James

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