Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Not THAT Bad…
This film was selected from ‘The 250’
In 2012, The Avengers was, more or less, the first of its kind in the world of Superhero films. We’re talking multiple movies working together for one collective project…now everyone and their mom wants to follow suit. Back in the early years of the new millennium, we didn’t have many films like that. Instead, we got things like Fantastic Four, which whether you want to accept it or not, was the closest thing. There may not have been multiple films leading up to this point, but this is a movie with a lot of superheroes with different abilities working as a team to fight off one common enemy. So…admit it. It’s not as bad as people put it out to be. But before we get too far, let’s talk plot.
There isn’t much in term of plot, actually. You obviously have four main characters, scientists, who all take a trip to outer space to do some tests on a strange cosmic storm. Well, the storm hits them pretty hard, and changes their molecular level – transforming them into physical representations of their own personalities. Johnny Storm was a hot guy, and he turned into the Human Torch, Sue Storm had a lot of insecurities, and she turned into Invisible Girl; Reed Richards was always reaching for the sky with new developments, and he turned into Mr. Fantastic; and Ben Grimm was everyone’s rock and muscle, and he turned into The Thing.
Standing in their way is Dr. Doom, the business wolf that was overseeing the project – also in space. The storm turned him into a metallic, evil guy that just wants destruction for the Fantastic Four. Them being out of his way paves way for…other evil things he could do, I suppose.
People really don’t like this franchise, and in a way I can understand, but at the same time…I really don’t think it’s all that bad. I loved it as a teenager, and I still think it’s a pretty decent movie. Like I mentioned above, Fantastic Four is one of the only superhero movies out there that have different heroes working collectively as a team, and to see that teamwork is always a lot of fun – but of course it’s not without faults, so I’ll try to say what those are.
The main faults of the movie, I’ve found, were on too much character development. I usually love character-centered movies, but this was simply too much. The entire movie was literally an origin story. The main event happens, and then throughout the film, they are discovering what they can really do. Then, the last ten minutes is the end fight scene, which in all actuality feels rushed. So there’s a lot of potential for caring for the characters, but superhero movies need that man vs. man/good vs. evil element. It was there…just not enough. If I was forced to pick out a plot of the movie, it would be on fixing The Things’ insecurities about being a rock man.
I do want to say that I dig the initial event. Hello, cosmic space storm? No dead parents, no radioactive spider or whatever feels cliché now…a cosmic space storm that alters the human DNA sequence. That is unique and something I can look forward to in a reboot. It’s just really cool. Also, the visuals in the movie are actually really good in some parts…not so good in others (primarily…Mr. Fantastic scenes). I think they can do better at making The Thing look more like actual rock, because his suit did look substantially fake. Other than that, I had no problems with the visuals.
The acting could have used a little help. I don’t think anyone was horrible, but a lot of the acting just felt mediocre at best – as if they weren’t trying as hard as they could have. At that point in time, a superhero movie was a superhero movie and what was most important was superpowers, but believe me when I say – it needed better acting than what we were given.
Fantastic Four is not as bad as people put it out to be. It is still one of the only superhero flicks that have a team of superheroes with different abilities collectively working together to fight off one common enemy. It also has a really cool origin story and a diverse group of heroes that feel very unique and original in the world of film.
It’s still a little goofy for a superhero movie, and some of the acting and visual effects could use some work – as well as the writing. There needed to be a better balance between character development and actual story progression.
Paul Walker was considered for the role of Johnny Storm.
Hugh Jackman was offered the role of Reed Richards.
Scarlett Johansson was considered for the role of Invisible Woman
James Gandolfini was considered for the role of The Thing.