Fantastic Four (2015)

By Jill - AV

January 1, 2016

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The most recent attempt to tell the story of the classic Marvel superhero team, The Fantastic Four, has a lot going for it.  The long-running comic book series has a large following and the film features a very talented young cast portraying scientists Rex Reed (Miles Teller) and Sue Storm (Kate Mara), Sue’s hot-headed brother, Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan) and Rex’s childhood friend, Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell).  In this version of the story, Rex and Sue are working alongside Victor von Doom and other scientists to perfect inter-dimensional travel to a world that they call Planet Zero.  In their enthusiasm, they do not take enough precautions before testing their new machine, and as a result all five main characters experience drastic physical changes after their encounter with a mysterious green goo on the new planet.  After Victor is left behind on Planet Zero, the others must learn to use their new superpowers to defeat his plan to destroy the Earth in retaliation.  The problem with this film lies in the storytelling.  The film is dark, meaning it is not well lit and it is hard to see what is happening.  The tone is similarly dark, but also inconsistent. Once the four team members start to develop their powers, it begins to feel like a horror film with terrifying examples of the changes to their bodies.  Due to the slow explanations of the work the scientists are doing, the characters are confined to rooms where they stare at computer screens all day.  The story suddenly jumps ahead one year and the rushed action sequences at the end seem tacked on in order to make this look like a typical “superhero” movie.  The film is disjointed, boring, and devoid of humor or warmth.

Overall Rating:  D-

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