We have had a year full of fun and exciting films, from Avengers: Age of Ultron to the most recent Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, but unfortunately Fantastic Four wraps up the summer season with a weak attempt at a second chance. Let’s face it, the earlier versions of the Fantastic Four series didn’t exactly set the bar very high to clear, yet even with the bar that low this current reboot still manages to trip on the bar and fall flat on its face.
I seriously don’t even know where to begin with this review. I had hoped that this film could make up for the bad taste we had in our mouths from the past versions but all this version does is make me want to watch the old ones again. Let’s start with the cast…. There is no denying that the cast is a group of heavy hitters, from Miles Teller who just came off hit Oscar nominated film ‘Whiplash’ to Kate Mara (House of Cards) and Michael B Jordon (Fruitvale Station) who are also fan favorites. But unfortunately a cast is only as good as what they have to work with…. which isn’t much at all.
The story is weak at best. It’s no secret that they steered away from the comic source material to put their own spin on an origin story, but where they got their ideas for that different spin, who the f*ck knows. With a running time of around 106 minutes, almost 100 minutes of it makes up a convoluted, over-drawn character development that shows no development. We get introduced to these character, find out how they get their new abilities (SPOILER ALERT: They’re drunk… what?!?), then we skip a whole year’s time NEVER even seeing how they focus on them, adjust to them and learn how to use them. Um hello FOX, as comic book fans WE WANT TO SEE THAT!
As far as action goes, this is probably the one Marvel movie that has the least amount of action, namely barely any. The “climax” of the movie is barely that at all. It builds up to a weak final battle that comes out of nowhere and is also the first real action we see all movie only to fizzle out with a lack-luster conclusion that isn’t even explained how it’s done or what the hell even happens.
There is so much more to say about this film but I think I’ve gotten the point across. Die hard comic fans will go to see this movie no matter what the reviews are and while some may enjoy it, most will leave extremely disappointed like myself… and I’m not hard to please (See my review on Pixels). Bottom line, save your money and time and use it for something more entertaining… like watching grass grow or paint dry.
OFFICIAL REVIEW: 3 out of 10