August 7, 2015
Dir. Josh Trank
Prod. Simon Kinberg, Matthew Vaughn, Hutch Parker, Robert Kulzar, Gregory Goodman
Based On: Fantastic Four by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
Starring: Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Reg E. Cathey, Tim Blake Nelson
I thought remaking a film was meant to make the film better. Apparently that’s not the case with Fantastic Four. I saw this film yesterday and it was honestly a huge disappointment. My friend described it as ‘50% poorly reworked back-story and 50% bad CGI’. This is a pretty accurate description.
Now don’t get me wrong. It definitely wasn’t the worst movie I’ve ever seen, that spot is still held by Cloverfield, but this one is definitely up there.
I know a lot of people didn’t like the other film version of Fantastic Four (2005). Personally, I didn’t mind it or it’s sequel, The Silver Surfer (2007). They weren’t cinematic masterpieces, but I actually did enjoy them. I think that fact just made the new movie even worse.
It’s been ten years since the first FF so theoretically they should’ve improved greatly when creating the new one. In ten years they could’ve figured out what it was about the original that everyone hated so much. They have access to better technology so this movie should’ve looked great!
Instead, I spent two hours bored and unimpressed. I’ve seen some of the actors in other projects and they’re great, but none of them really seemed believable in their roles. I spent a good portion of the film trying to figure out how old each of the characters were supposed to be and what their relationships were to each other. They just all seemed really awkward, but I think this had more to do with the super corny and awkward dialogue.
Seriously, the line at the end, when Ben says “fantastic” and that’s how Reed comes up with the name ‘Fantastic Four’. Oh. My. God. I cringed so hard it was ridiculous. That’s so cheesy! Like, in the 2005 version, Johnny comes up with their superhero names and that’s super cheesy, but it’s funny. It’s supposed to be funny and kind of dumb because Johnny’s doing it deliberately. This was just bad.
Something else about this film I was disappointed with was the CGI. It wasn’t terrible, I’ve seen some really poorly done CGI babies, so to create an entire planet with computers they did alright. But it is 2015 and while my hopes weren’t high, I don’t think they could’ve done any worse.
I also spent quite a lot of time trying to figure out if Doom’s beam was a rip off of the beam in “Mass Effect” or if it was just a coincidence.
Overall, the new Fantastic Four isn’t the worst movie I’ve ever seen. It’s not even the worst remake I’ve seen. however, it’s not a movie I’ll voluntarily watch again. I’m hopeful that if they decide to do a sequel they’ll take everything they did wrong here and do the opposite.
They had the chance to make a great film and, unfortunately, it flopped. However, since it’s Fantastic Four I’m hopeful that they’ll redeem themselves. One day. Maybe in another ten years. After they sell back the rights to Marvel.
Have you seen Fantastic Four? What did you think?