I’m just going to go ahead and say it, I kinda enjoyed Fantastic Four. Despite the many many flaws this movie has, as well as the childish attitude of the director Josh Trank, this movie is not horrible nor an embarrassment to all comic book movies. This movie is just… meh, but I liked it… kinda, and I would not recommend seeing this movie more than once or buying it on blu-ray. All I can recommend is seeing it once and then put it out of your mind.
Now on to the rest of the review, and like my previous reviews, I will try to avoid major spoilers.
Let’s start with the with what was good about Fantastic Four. Not a whole lot, haha. Seriously though, there are some good moments in this movie, but they are (in every essence of the phrase) few and far between. And most of them take place within the first 15 minutes of the movie. The scene that enjoyed the most is when Reed Richards (played by Miles Teller) meets Ben Grimm (played by Jamie Bell) for the first time. I really enjoyed their friendship. Along with that, another aspect of the film that I enjoyed was Johnny Storm (played by Michael B. Jordan), which is a surprise, a really big surprise. I was one of the many naysayers that thought Michael B. Jordan should not be Johnny Storm, but my issue wasn’t with his skin color it was with the fact that Johnny Storm and Susan Storm (played by Kate Mara) weren’t actually related, Sue Storm was Johnny’s adopted sister, and to be honest, that doesn’t make the least bit of sense to me. I’m all for the diversifying of characters, and if they cast Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, they should have cast a black actress as Sue Storm, and I’ll touch more on that when I get to the bad aspects of the film. And now on to the last good thing in the movie, Victor Von Doom (played by Toby Kebbell). What? Surprised? I thought so. Well let me be more clear, I absolutely hated Dr. Doom, but what I absolutely loved was the fact that they did not use that dumbass name “Victor Domashev”. I am beyond overjoyed that they used his real name Victor. Von. Doom! And that my friends concludes what I enjoyed about the movie, now on to the part you’ve all be waiting for.
Now you’re probably wondering what I disliked about the movie, well you now know what I enjoyed, so through a process of elimination you can come to the conclusion that I really really disliked everything else, fortunately there wasn’t a whole lot that happened. And that brings me to my first issue, the story. I will go to the movies, read books and comic books, watch various TV shows, and you will learn that I love a good story, and so with that said, when it comes to my reviews on this site, the last thing you want to do is fuck up the story, and that is exactly what you did. Pardon my language, but I thought that word was fitting in regards to how I’m feeling right now. FOX and Josh Trank, you guys really dropped the ball here, and your audience is not happy. I won’t reveal too much, but I will say that for the most part the story made no god damn sense whatsoever. And that is a HUGE no-no with me. Aside from the story, we have the characters, and I’ll say, Reed Richards, Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm are all safe from my wrath, they did fine. But is that all of the characters? Of course not! We have Sue Storm, who I did not hate, I just didn’t like her, personally I find her sister Rooney Mara to be far more talented. I thought Sue Storm was just boring, which is usually the case with the many other roles I’ve seen Kate Mara in. I was hoping you’d surprise me Ms. Mara, I am disappointed. And now we have Victor Von Doom, and I’ll say again, I love that they decided to use his real name. Here’s the twist, he’s only Victor Von Doom in name. I don’t know who the hell that character was, but he sure as hell was not the Victor Von Doom we know and love to hate from the comics. Josh Trank, I want to slap you in the face for what you did to Dr. Doom, you moron! Doom’s motives made no sense whatsoever, his costume was just plain stupid (and that is something you really do not want to mess up, Dr. Doom’s costume is iconic), and the fight scene between him and the Fantastic Farce (oh I’m sorry, I mean Fantastic Four) was not only anti-climatic, it was short. Aside from all of that, and from what I enjoyed from the movie, there isn’t much else to say, I’d either be spoiling too much, or it would be something not worth mentioning at all and so now ladies and gentlemen, that concludes what I disliked about Fantastic Farce err I mean Fantastic Four.
For my final notes, I’ll say this, if you really want to see Fantastic Four, no one will stop you and no one here at Geeks of the Round will judge you, personally I won’t ever see this movie again, and I would recommend you only see it once, this movie is definitely not worth renting or buying.
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