Fantastic Four


Seemingly trapped forever in cinematic mediocrity are the films based upon the Fantastic Four. This 2015 effort is the third attempt by 20th Century Fox at making these films a hit, and it is also the third time they have failed.

The first Fantastic Four film rolled into cinemas in 2005, with a sequel arriving in 2007, and both were relatively financially, if not critically, successful. Both films arrived at a time when the superhero cinematic landscape was changing and suffered for it.

Director Josh Trank has tried to do something a little different with his incarnation of the Fantastic Four. The first half hour builds character and friendships and attempts to move the film into more emotionally charged territory. Indeed that does work for a while, but just after the half hour mark, his film loses its way.

Trank has been open about the studio interfering here, but no matter where the blame lies, the rest of the film is an incredible mess. What starts as interesting soon descends into the sort of silly fluff that plagued the original films. And despite having a fine young cast, the development of each character is a monotonous journey with an all too familiar outcome.



2 thoughts on “Fantastic Four

  1. Good review yo. The strange thing was that I didn’t mind th film the first time I saw it, I mean it wasn’t great by any means, but it wasn’t one of the worst things I’d ever seen (like Catwoman, Hulk or X-Men Origins Wolverine). Though the more I thought about it, the more annoyed I got and considered how much of a mess and a disappointment the end result was.

    It sucks because the Fantastic Four are a great superhero team and now more than ever they’ll never get the chance to have a good live-action adaptation because Fox have failed 3 times (4 if you count that 90’s one that never got released).

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