At long last, ‘Fantastic Four’ will hit theaters on Aug. 7, which means reviews are rolling in faster than Susan Storm’s ability to bend light. So, what’s the verdict?
In the highly anticipated Fantastic Four, Kate Mara, Miles Teller, Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan make up the tag team of youngsters, granted superhuman abilities which they can use to change their appearance in very supernatural ways. With its A-list cast, the film (which has been rebooted from the 2005 movie of the same name) has been generating buzz since long before its debut, but will it leave audiences vastly disappointed? We’ve rounded up some reviews for you!
Fantastic Four feels like a 100-minute trailer for a movie that never happens. At this point in the ever-expanding cinematic superhero game, it behooves any filmmakers who gets involved to have at least a mildly fresh take on their characters and material, but this third attempt to create a worthy cinematic franchise from the first of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby‘s iconic comic book creations, which can genuinely claim to have launched the Age of Marvel, proves maddeningly lame and unimaginative.
All told, the movie feels like a protracted teaser for a more exciting follow-up that, depending on whether audiences warm to this relatively low-key approach, might never happen.
There’s been uproar over the race change of a key character, rumours of costly reshoots and horrifically awkward promo interviews. In the face of all this pressure [Josh] Trank has responded by pulling himself to bits in an attempt to make a film both intimate and impressive. The result is a dawdling indie drama, gussied up in superhero garb.
Truth be told, there is 1/3 of a good movie sprinkled here and there throughout. The opening sections show genuine promise, with strong acting from our leads and a nugget of Amblin-esque wonder hinting at Cronenbergian horror to come… But the movie as a whole is a mess, with the halfway decent first 45 minutes or so giving way to a stupefyingly generic and wrongheaded superhero origin story that squeezes itself into what amounts to yet another example of a franchise that makes the Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins mistake.
Eesh. From the sound of these reviews, Fantastic Four may not be so fantastic. Still, it might be worth checking out. Do you plan to give the reboot a shot?
— Casey Mink