Fantastic Four (2015)
Reed Richards (Miles Teller) has always been a brainiac and inventing unique things since he was a young boy. When a government agency wants to use Richard’s latest teleportation prototype in order to aid their own device, he joins a team with Sue Storm (Kate Mara), Victor Von Doom (Toby Kebbell) and Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan). After the team successfully builds the teleporter, Victor, Johnny, Reed, and Reed’s best friend Ben (Jamie Bell) refuse to let “trained subjects” be the first to use their machine so they decide to go for a ride in their new toy. What lies on the other side is a strange and dangerous world that ends up altering each of their physical forms forever.
I want to start off by saying that this movie isn’t as bad as the rating make it out to be. I agree that this version of the Fantastic 4 doesn’t come anywhere close to the Marvel movies in the Avengers universe nor is it better than the 2005 movie of the same name, but it is still “watchable.” However, what does make it bad is the lack of heart and action. Fantastic Four rushes from scene to scene with little development or story. The dialogue is scripted with no charm and the actors are “mailing in” their performances as if they didn’t even want to be there.
What made me realize the truly disappointing nature of this movie is when the superhero action never shows up until the end. Superheroes fight! They do heroic things! The only real fight is at the end when we see the group, for about 10 minutes, fight against Dr. Doom in another dimension. Speaking of Dr. Doom, he is the one bright spot of the movie and he doesn’t show up until the last 30 minutes. He adds the tension and destruction to the film that we wanted to see, but that is short lived.
At the end of the day, this is a superhero movie full of characters that aren’t heroes. The only people who will find this appealing are kids under the age of 10 because they probably don’t know any better. A quote from Sue Storm sums this movie up perfectly, “These aren’t super powers, they are physical abnormalities.” This is the attitude of this movie and it shows. Co-starring Reg E. Cathey, and Tim Blake Nelson.
4/10 Stars – Plain, lackluster and has no heart. Only younger kids will find this entertaining because they simply don’t know any better.