The return of Fantastic Four to the big-screen has been met with quite the backlash, as many fans have been unhappy with casting choices and changes to the original comics. But even the usual hate turned surprise can't save this bland reboot...
Directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle), the revamped Marvel first-starters revolves around a much younger Richard Reeds (Miles Teller, Whiplash) than the one we saw in the 2005 version who is constantly struggling to prove his experiment to another dimension is the next major discovery. Luckily a few believe in his dream, including his best friend Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell, Snowpiercer), studious Sue Storm (Kate Mara, Iron Man 2), Doctor Von Doom (Toby Kebbell, War Horse) and Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station).
While little changes have been made to the original, such as Sue and Johnny's family heritage and the way the dynamic four gain the powers, the plot still feels all to familiar with this reboot adding little to nothing to what was already displayed in 2005.
Complete with constant fade-ins and fade-out transitions, the superhero reboot is incoherent in structure and feels like a poorly thrown together and rushed film. It's a shame, really, as the film attempts to provoke some engaging concepts – the idea of a new dimension and the possibilities of it all (which was missing in the original), but it just fails in execution.
Seriously though, what is with the budget? The visual effects were quite off-putting and did not help the already unstructured plot.
Also another thing in this Marvel outing is that it tries to venture away from its other major blockbuster counterparts by not sticking to typical heightened blockbuster factors and does not rely on city battle sequences. So you win there Fantastic Four! Except I'm not too sure if this is a good thing really, as superhero flicks tend to feel much more whole than this one does.
Fantastic Four is now playing in theaters across the globe!
Shabaz Malik is a staff writer for Movie Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.