Fantastic Four Review

Fantastic Four poster
Fantastic Four poster

Last night, I got to attend the first showing at the Alamo Drafthouse Lubbock, of Marvel’s Fantastic Four. Now, if you didn’t know, it is a Marvel movie, produced by 20th Century Fox. There’s a lot going on between Marvel and 20th Century Fox. With Marvel becoming it’s own studio, it doesn’t like receiving a small portion of profits now. It wants the bulk of profits, and it feels it has every right to feel that way, being that the characters are its studios. The thing is, before it became a studio, it licensed out rights for X-Men & Fantastic Four to 20th Century Fox and Sony got the rights to Spider-Man. Earlier this year, Sony, not happy the direction it’s Spider-Man series was headed, made an agreement with Marvel for it to co-produce Spider-Man and take the lead as to what direction it goes, in return, Marvel would get rights to use Spidey in it’s own cinematic universe (i.e. Captain America: Civil War). Marvel was hoping that Fox would come to some sort of similar agreement, but to no avail. So Marvel went on the “offensive” so to speak, taking out some of the marketing (CLICK HERE and HERE to read more on that), including comics and some of the marketing tie-ins that studios normally do (notice there are no McDonald’s, Subway, Burger King or similar tie-ins leading up to the rebooted Fantastic Four!).  All of this and then there’s the issue of director Josh Trank. There have been issued that have come up during filming, even allegedly bringing in someone else to do the reshoots (it was said that Matthew Vaughn directed the re-shoots, director from Kingsman: The Secret Service). Then Josh Trank was relieved of duties by Disney/Lucasfilm on their upcoming Star Wars project. And then yesterday, Josh Trank tweeted the following:

Director Josh Trank's tweet
Director Josh Trank’s tweet

Which was captured by Variety. The tweet has since been removed, but we all know how the internet works… once it’s out there, it’s out there forever!

My Review of Fantastic Four: All of everything above being said, Fantastic Four is nowhere near as bad as people are making it out to be! It is solid as a foundation in the first two acts. Now, the end leaves something to be desired. But the cast is put together extremely well:

Miles Teller as Reed Richards
Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm
Kata Mara as Sue Storm
Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm/The Thing
Toby Kebbell as Victor Von Doom/Dr. Doom
Reg E. Cathey as Dr. Franklin Storm
Tim Blake Nelson as Dr. Allen
Dan Castallaneta as Mr. Kenny

Everyone fits their role very well. This movie does, however, change the way the crew gain their powers. There’s not really much to “spoil” here, that’s not already known. I like Marvel and pretty much all of their movies. I also know this is “business” and “nothing personal” as far as Marvel trying to sort of sabotage 20th Century Fox with the no marketing and/or comic book thing. But I sort of want to see this succeed nonetheless. Reed Richards is a child genius and shows it from the very beginning of the movie, when asked what he wanted to be when he grew up and had to share it in front of the class. Ben Grimm notices his potential and then helps Reed when he was found at his families salvage yard, trying to scrape up some of the missing pieces he needed to finish his project. Ben witnesses Reed’s genius at work when he transports a car and subsequently causes a power outage. The “dream” continues to be followed by Reed and Ben in high school. Where they have entered into the science fair and show that their project works. This is where they meet Sue Storm and Dr. Franklin Storm. They explain they were working on the same “concept” but had no idea how to bring back whatever is “teleported” and ask for Reed’s help. Victor Von Doom is brought back into the fold, as the original concept was his idea, at a much younger age than Reed as well. The movie takes off from there…  If you like comic book or superhero movies, then this will fit what you like! I took my 9 & 16 year old sons and my 12 year old daughter with me. There were plenty of laughs throughout the entire auditorium. And just so you know ahead of time, THERE IS NO POST CREDIT SCENE! 3/4 of the theater stayed til the film went off of screen, just to make sure there wasn’t a post credit scene!

Fantastic Four synopsis: a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

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