Fantastic Four 2015
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The FANTASTIC FOUR make a triumphant return with MARVEL s next generation of heroes four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate universe, their physical forms altered in shocking ways. Their lives changed forever, Reed Richards ( MR. FANTASTIC ), Sue Storm ( INVISIBLE WOMAN ), Johnny Storm ( THE HUMAN TORCH ) and Ben Grimm ( THE THING ) must harness their incredible new powers and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy, the infamous DR. DOOM.
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And yet, this movie had the potential to be something far greater than it was. Through it all, I felt bad for the actors, none of whom did anything to deserve being in this ruination of cinema. They did their best with the script they were given, but couldn't manage to save it. They just weren't strong enough actors to attempt to carry this load of crap. The visual effects were done rather well, and may be the highlight of this film, but even that couldn't save it. The costuming was decent. Fox likes to do that "gritty, realistic, all black" nonsense, and it's on display here, as well. The movie is dark, visually and contextually. But why?
Fox seems to have once again rushed this film in order to hold onto the rights to the characters. That's fine, but in doing so, they completely ignored the source material, outside of the four scientists getting super powers thing. And whatever they did to Doctor Doom. Honestly, it's no wonder Marvel shelved the F4 title just before this was released. They didn't want their name associated with this flop. Shelving these characters in the comics for a few years until everyone forgets about this terrible flick is probably the best business strategy Marvel could have come up with. Seriously, Fox, just let this property revert to Marvel so they can put out a truly great F4 film and make the franchise relevant again.
Honestly, just avoid this movie, unless you're a glutton for punishment. I LOVE b-movies and cinematic schlock of all kinds, but this...this was a whole different level of god-awful.
That said, the critics actually got this one right. This is easily the worst version of the Fantastic Four that I have ever seen on film. The versions of the main characters this time around are not at all compelling, and the plot is too predictable. It probably *could* have been better had 20th Century Fox and Josh Trank not been in conflict over the direction of the film, but I don't think that we will ever know how much better.
This is Fantastic Four pretty much in name and broad concept only. Sure there are 4 people with roughly the same powers as in the Comic... but beyond that, the source material was pretty much ignored. As usual... that was not a good thing.
The casting was terrible. Generally these are competent actors, but they have been asked to play so much against type that it just doesn't work. Michael B. Jordan, might come the closest to pulling off a convincing Johnny Storm, but the material is so poor, one simply cannot be sure.
I don't think the writers or director have ever seen or read any Comics and all they knew about Dr. Doom was his name...
Anyway... the story is a jumbled mess. It is both cliched and jumbled all at once. Plot holes make up more of the story than actual plot. Characters are wildly inconsistent and behave in whatever fashion moves the next plot point forward rather than how they would actually behave.
Anyway... if you are fan of awful movies that are so tragically flawed that there is no redemption in them... This movie is FANTASTIC... for what it is...