“An absolute snooze” Fantastic Four review


FANTASTIC FOUR   (UK CERT: 12A)

Director: Josh Trank  

Music: Marco Beltrami, Philip Glass

Starring: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell


REVIEW AUTHOR: Adam Brannon

Copyright: Marvel & 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

Copyright: Marvel & 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

Here comes yet another superhero film. Ending Marvel’s year that has included the charming Big Hero 6, the overstuffed Avengers: Age of Ultron and the surprisingly excellent Ant-Man, the Fox produced Fantastic Four reboot has a tough job trying to get audiences to forget the horror that came before it.

It’s been a tough ride for the quartet of heroes, but does director Josh Trank’s modern day reimagining of Marvel’s first team do enough to change perceptions?

Not by a long shot. Despite some excellent special effects, this yawnfest of a film that was plagued by rumours of constant behind-the-scenes tension and last-minute editing doesn’t have an ounce of originality in its short 100 minute running time.

Miles Teller (Insurgent), Kate Mara (Transcendence), Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle) and Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) take on the roles of Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm respectively and are fine, if lacking in any real chemistry.

Fantastic Four is above all, an origins story as the four young adults try to crack interdimensional travel. Naturally, things don’t go quite to plan and they, alongside fellow colleague Victor Von Doom end up with an unusual set of powers – with Doom becoming the main antagonist.

Unfortunately, the plot, devised by no less than three writers is a complete bore. There is hardly anything of interest throughout the entire film as Trank pushes his cast from one underwhelming set piece to another.

When things do get tense, it’s only for a five minute scene involving Doom breaking out of a research facility. This is when we get to see what Fantastic Four could’ve been, a dark and brooding film with a disturbing villain at its core.

However, it seems this has been pushed back to make way for an unusually flat sense of humour and an uninteresting origins story. Marvel films live and die on their comedic elements and unfortunately Fantastic Four is as poor as they come.

Nevertheless, the film’s special effects are on the whole, very good. The other dimension looks fantastic and The Thing in particular is rendered using excellent motion capture animation.

Jamie Bell, Michael B Jordan, Kate Mara and Miles Teller. Copyright: Marvel & 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

Jamie Bell, Michael B Jordan, Kate Mara and Miles Teller. Copyright: Marvel & 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

An underwhelming climax wraps up a bitterly disappointing outing for the four heroes. Most superhero films end with a spectacular showdown of good versus evil but Fantastic Four has none of this. The ending is clichéd, short and has no real payoff.

Overall, expectations were already low for this reboot and despite director Josh Trank’s obvious talent for direction, this talent is nowhere to be found in Fantastic Four.

A cast that doesn’t gel together, a poor soundtrack and a lack of tonal balance ensures it will rest alongside X-Men Origins: Wolverine as proof that Marvel Studios needs the rights to all of its heroes returning to it.

Category Scoring
Story/Plot ⭐ ⭐
Acting/Vocal Performance ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Special Effects/Cinematography ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Soundtrack ⭐ ⭐
Costume/Design ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Script/Dialogue ⭐ ⭐
TOTAL                                      ⭐ ⭐ 1/2

6 thoughts on ““An absolute snooze” Fantastic Four review

  1. well Adam, you’re assessment review on ‘the fantastic four’ was spot on most fans of the marvel comic book heroes are really upset with what the director trank did with the origin story. i haven’t seen the movie yet, but judging by it’s weekend opening at it’s american box office results, it seems very doomed if you excuse my no pun intended, the Rumours of inside problems at the Beginning and during production really hurt the promotional side of this film. However as a fantastic four fan myself, i felt that the cast members were too young especially reed richards, and the costumes are out of place, and that observation was just by watching the trailer, fox studios needs to return the copyrights back to marvel studios.

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