Sunday, 9 August 2015

Film review: Fantastic Four

Cast: Miles Teller, Michael B Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell
Director: Josh Trank
Released: August 2015

Where to begin with this film? It seems that the Fantastic Four have had a troubled history with movie adaptations, the 2003 and 2007 versions weren't well received and the trend has continued with this outing.

Most reviews have been primarily negative, commenting on the lack of a second act and how rushed the ending feels. I hate to be one of those people but they're right. The buildup is 60% of the film and then it feels like everyone realised they didn't have much time left to make a believable bond and have the team win their fight against Dr Doom. So they completely aborted the bonding and skipped straight to the end of the fight.

While certainly not the worst movie in history (which is, like everything, an opinion and one that changes depending who you ask) Fantastic Four did have a lot of problems with its pacing and storyline, which ultimately came together in a standard superhero flick with nothing to set it apart from films like Ant Man or X-Men Days of Future Past.

As an origin story, it does its job and introduces the heroes and villains. As a superhero film, its very predictable. As a Fantastic Four film? Fails miserably.

All those negative points aside, it does have its merits. The acting is wonderful, even with a slightly clunky script and cheesy dialogue, and the cast seem to work well enough together that its not a stretch to see them as a team. Theyre likeable, completely in character and did the best they could with what they had. I know I keep mentioning it but the pacing was non-existent.

Fantastic Four could have been good, it had a lot going for it but was let down by a combination of factors including executive meddling and bad judgement. If you dont go in with high expectations then you may enjoy this film but dont go in and expect the most amazing Fantastic Four ever, because this is not that film.

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