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Fantastic Four

A movie directed by Tim Story

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About what I expected - which wasn't much

  • Mar 28, 2007
Rating:
+1
Pros: Cool to see the Fantastic 4 in action

Cons: Basically a movie for character development (sort of); Jessica Alba

The Bottom Line: I can understand why it didn’t sit so well with the public, hence it could have been dealt with a little better.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot.

When I saw the previews for The Fantastic 4 I was excited. I didn’t know much about them aside from the fact that it was 3 guys, a girl, and what their powers were. Not like I knew X-Men. But I still wanted to see it, especially since the actor playing Johnny (aka the Human Torch) looked pretty awesome. Except then I heard not-so-good things about the movie. Then I was busy. Then I just never saw it and didn’t regret it all that much. My little sister, however, insisted I see it – especially since they’re going to come out with a second one.

So I did the best thing there is to do when you sort of want to see a movie and aren’t motivated enough to pay for it. I got it from the library. Boo-yah.

Dr. Reed Richards has problems with his research and financial situation. He’s brilliant, but still has issues. With his friend Ben Grimm at his side, they turn to Victor Von Doom (with a name like that you know he’s bad), rich and successful and with the means to get Reed back on his feet. Reed has theorized that a strange cloud of interesting make up might have caused a boost in evolution on Earth millions of years ago and now another one is about to orbit around Earth again. So what do you do when a strange space cloud will be floating nearby? Get to a space station and study it of course!

Coming along are Johnny Storm (pilot of said mission) and Sue Storm, Victor’s assistant and love interest. Apparently Sue and Reed have some past history – but they’ve got a job to do right now. The problem lies in the calculations Reed made; the cloud suddenly speeds up and rolls right on through the station, leaving all five people on board with some interesting side effects. From there we get the Human Torch, the Invisible Girl, Mr. Fantastic, and the Thing. Oh, and don’t forget Dr. Doom…

As the movie rolled away, I could easily see why it didn’t receive such a big reception. You don’t just have one superhero like Spiderman or Superman discovering their new powers and realizing what to do with them; you have four prominent people with different personalities trying to figure out how to handle being on fire, being able to go invisible, stretching great distances, and being a huge, plated thing. On top of that you need your bad guy to go from jerk corporate guy to seriously bad dude. It’s a lot of ground to cover and it takes some time. The four have to deal with being in the public eye, Ben Grimm as the Thing has to deal with his wife leaving him (what a wench), and in general, it’s a lot of character development…which actually didn’t develop them all that much (but we’ll just call it that for the sake of having to call it something).

Johnny/Human Torch (Chris Evans) was definitely the most likeable next to Ben (Michael Chiklis – perfect as Ben Grimm I think), in that he actually enjoyed his new powers. Frankly, I think most of us would get a kick out of being able to do some of the things they can, which is why I liked Johnny. Instead of whining and complaining (Ben had every right to, so that was okay) and wanting to go back to normal, he tried to learn how to use them. Sure, he was cocky and did get a little annoying at times, but he was still fun. Overall, the casting was good, though I wish Julian McMahon (who played Von Doom) was a little more diverse. I’ve seen him as a bad guy in a suit too many times, though that made it a little more fun when he put on the mask because then you just get his velvet dark voice behind this evil façade. Mmm. At first I found myself iffy about Ioan Gruffudd as Reed, but I soon decided he was right for the role and had the look for it too.

The one person I wasn’t a fan of was Jessica Alba as Sue Storm. Her hair drove me insane half the time (what’s with the poofyness??) and in general she just looked too young and her acting wasn’t all that convincing. She seemed pretty 2D to me, despite all the time for character development. She was too busy pining after Reed and shouting after Johnny or Ben to either “Stop!” or “Come back!” Boring and unimpressive. I guess the casters were going for “young woman who appeals to men” instead of “someone who looks good in the costume and can act well.”

Aside from all the characters, the movie itself was pretty decent. The special effects were quite nice with one of the best parts being when the cloud passed through the space station. Sweet visuals there. The only problem I saw was that all the time put into character development took away from the bad guy reaching for his lofty aspirations. I never quite got what he wanted after he went all Norman Osborne on some of his board members/investors. World domination? Just New York? To get back in his groove? No clue. At least he didn’t waste any time attacking the Fantastic Four when he decided they would be roadblocks in his way. That was cool, I’ll give the movie makers that much. The fight was, sadly, quite short, but at least it was good while it lasted. Hopefully when the second one comes out, there will be a lot more superhero fun to go around.

Nice try, probably could have been done better, should not have cast Jessica Alba, better luck next time.

NT

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December 19, 2010
Yeah this could have been so much better.
December 23, 2010
I didn't like this one at all.
December 24, 2010
Yeah. Big bummer. Yet for some reason they always show it on the FX channel. I always flip it on and think, "Ugh! Isn't there anything else they can put on here?"
 
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Fantastic Four (titled Fantastic 4 on the DVD/Blu-ray release) is a 2005 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics comic Fantastic Four. It was directed by Tim Story, and released by 20th Century Fox. This is the second live-action Fantastic Four movie to be filmed. The previous attempt, a B-movie produced by Roger Corman only for the purpose of retaining the film rights, was never intended for a theatrical release.

The film was released in the United States on July 8, 2005. It was the third superhero film of the year, after Elektra and Batman Begins.

Marvel Comics' first family of superherodom, the Fantastic Four, hits the big screen in a light-hearted and funny adventure. It begins when down-on-his-luck genius Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd,Horatio Hornblower) has to enlist the financial and intellectual help from former schoolmate and rival Victor Von Doom (Julian McMahon,Nip/Tuck) in order to pursue outer-space research into human DNA. Also on the trip are Reed's best friend, Ben Grimm (Michael Chiklis,The Shield); his former lover, Sue Storm (Jessica Alba,Dark Angel,Sin City), who's now Doom's employee and love interest; and her hotshot-pilot brother, Johnny Storm (Chris Evans,Cellular). Things don't go as planned, of course, and the quartet becomes blessed--or is it cursed?--with superhuman powers: flexibility, brute strength, invisibility and projecting force fields, and bursting into flame. Meanwhile, Doom himself is undergoing a transformation.

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Cast: Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Kerry Washington, Gina Holden, Kevin McNulty, Ioan Gruffudd, David Richmond-Peck, Nicole Muñoz, Tony Alcantar, David Parker, Dave Holmes, Peter Bryant, Brian Deegan, Leonard Thomas, Stan Lee, Daniel Bacon, Andrew Airlie, Doug Abrahams, Michael Chiklis, Julian McMahon, Hamish Linklater, Laurie Holden, Maria Menounos, Penelope Corrin, Aonika Laurent, Paul Belsito, Morgan Reynolds, Danielle Dunn-Morris, Bobbi Bysouth, Marlaina Mah, Tre Verhoeven, Juanita Mirehouse, Stefanie Singer, Jamie Little, Barbara Christabella, Sanja Banic, Jason Kaufman, Preston Peet, Steven Fulani Hart, Maurice Tyson, Jaimie Mcvittie, Jenni Squair, Lia Salmond, Ellen Ewusie, Ylenia Aurucci, Michelle Kulas, Kate Mullan, Georgia Dewson, Sienna Rose, Hector A. Leguillow, Benedict Mulroney, Jon Brady, Taryn Winter Brill, Sara Edwards, Heidi Eng, CB Hackworth, Sam Hallenbeck, Mike Waco, Marian Etoile Watson, Richard Ho, Andrew Hunsaker, Taylor Johnson, Bonnie Laufer-Krebs, Lisa Fuller Magee, Bret Martin, Liam Mayclem, Scott Patrick, Shaheem Reid, Maria Salas, Devon Soltendieck, Anthony Toscano, Terry David Mulligan, Kenny Bartram, Sam Rubin, Patrick Stoner, Lorena Gale, Jason Schombing, Michael Kopsa, Colin Lawrence, Mark S. Allen, Douglas Weston, Brenda Crichlow, Jim Ferguson, Peggy Gormley, Ed Hodson, Deejay Jackson, Ron Chartier, G. Michael Gray, Ronnie Renner, Donavon Stinson, Bethann Schebece, Jason Diablo, Jennifer Lothrop, Pascale Hutton, Louise Lemoine Torres, Lauren Sanchez, John Speredakos
Director: Tim Story
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: July 8, 2005
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: December 6, 2005
Runtime: 1hr 46min
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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