STUDIO: 20th Century Fox
DIRECTOR: Josh Trank
RATING: PG-13 (for sci-fi action violence, and language)
STARRING: Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Tim Blake Nelson, Reg E. Cathey
GENRE: Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure
This week we are going to look at 2015 reboot of the Fantastic Four. Fox Studios, once again proves to be the Meg Griffin of the Marvel movie They put out something as awesome X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past and then give you Fantastic Four (not to be confused with their two horendously offensive to my nerd senses previous attempts at this franchise). They have their moment and it looks like they’re on to something but then Peter and the rest of the family (Disney in this case) just remind us that Meg (Fox Studios) just isn’t cool enough to take their spotlight. They just seem to not get how this superhero/comic movie thing works on a consistent basis.
With the amazing cast in place you’d think anything they threw out would be at least decent. You’d think that, but you would be sadly mistaken. Michael B.Jordan and Miles Teller are two of my favorite actors on the scene today with consistent strong performances in all they do. But the downright dreary and sad attempt at making this film more Dark Knight Return sesque in tone and sensibility is a detriment, not a help to the script and by extension the actors. Yes, there’s darkness in the source material but they seemed to skimp on the more fun aspects of Marvels first family. Ever since Nolan struck gold with his Batman films grittiness everybody’s jumping on the darkness bandwagon. It works for some but not all superheroes need to be depressing versions of their comic book selves with uber tragic back stories. It just drains the fun out of some things and that does not make for a good viewing experience.
The build up to the FF getting their powers took over half the movie it felt like. Then once they did we see them already in control after a brief moment of instability. I wouldve taken an 80’s montage of them learning to control their new found abilities. But no such luck. Then of course the villain is rushed in to an introduction with a plan already set in to motion immediately. The problem he presented was squealched in about five minutes by a dysfunctional team that not once used their powers to work together. Plus, Dr. Doom’s powers looked far more powerful than anything the four of them could throw at him. It just didnt make sense.
End of the day this reboot is trash. Not because of the actors but because of no real direction with the story,eye rolling continuity issues and (what seemed to be confirmed by Director Josh Trask on Twitter and quickly deleted) studio interference. Fox needs to either give up the ghost on these productions or for the love of God partner full time with Disney on these things as they haven’t missed this wide of the mark ever on a Marvel film. The characters they hold hostage (and the comic loving community) would be better served by an alliance of the two.