First Reviews for Fantastic Four Are Just as Bad as You Imagined

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 - 5:13PM
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Tuesday, 04 August 2015 - 5:13PM
First Reviews for Fantastic Four Are Just as Bad as You Imagined
Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot has been getting so much flack since the very beginning, long before anyone had seen any footage from the movie. This is clearly biased and silly, so we'd love to tell you that the naysayers were wrong. But unfortunately, and contrary to those early Twitter reactions, Fantastic Four is probably just as bad as you think it is.

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In the face of such bad buzz, it's hard not to feel a little sorry for the finished product, which is a harmless and endearingly cartoonish throwback to more simple comic book movie times. But whatever strengths Fantastic Four has, it does not feel like a movie directed by Trank (who made such a striking debut with 2012's bold anti-superhero fable Chronicle) or for that matter by anyone. It's a muddled and underdeveloped origin story which segues jarringly from light-hearted adventure to heavy-handed grit, grasping for a gravitas that it hasn't earned.
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Digital Spy

All Build-Up and No Pay-Off



The sequel may very well be better, but will anyone care?

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Fantastic Four feels like a 100-minute trailer for a movie that never happens... This third attempt to create a worthy cinematic franchise from the first of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's iconic comic book creations... proves maddeningly lame and unimaginative.
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-THR

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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.
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-Variety

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It's one thing for a movie to leave you wanting a sequel and quite another to make you wish you were watching that sequel instead. "Fantastic Four"... offers glimmers of good things to come in its final moments, but only after the audience has slogged through yet another dispiriting origin story and yet another Earth-rescuing battle in a bland, CG-created nowhere land.
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-The Wrap

The Last Act Is a Mess



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It's build-up to...nothing at all. A sense of heaviness, gloom and complete disappointment settles in during the second half, as the mundane set-up results in no dramatic or sensory dividends whatsoever. Even if lip-service is paid to some great threat to life on Earth as we know it, the filmmakers bring nothing new to the formula, resulting in a film that's all wind-up and no delivery.
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-THR

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Where many recent superhero movies have risked overstaying their welcome, "Fantastic Four," at 100 minutes, actually feels a tad rushed at the end, with a hasty climax that nevertheless produces some solid moments - at least a few of which, given the slow pace initially, probably should have come at least a half-hour sooner. Instead, filmgoers are treated to a lot of science, with the central characters gazing intently into computer screens.
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 -Variety

The Cast Is Criminally Wasted



I was only excited for this film to see the cast, especially Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan, but apparently the film doesn't take advantage of its best asset:

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Beginning with Teller and Jordan, who have done such promising early work, the cast is utterly wasted here with mostly rote explanatory dialogue and little conflict or nuance to work on a dramatic level.
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-THR
 
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While comicbook aficionados will likely welcome the seriousness of tone, the near-absence of humor and lengthy emphasis on building the interdimensional portal largely handcuffs the cast, with only a hint, for example, of the ebullience Johnny gleans from his newfound powers.
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 -Variety

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Director Josh Trank, whose debut feature "Chronicle" put a smart new spin on superhero tropes, has assembled a quartet of engaging, charismatic performers and stranded them in a miasma of exposition and set-up that sinks the movie. So much time is spent putting the pieces on the board that there's barely any time to play with them.
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-The Wrap

Some say that the cast chemistry was a highlight, but that still sounds like wasting their talents.

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The scenes that work best are those that require no effects and minimal action, when the film's appealing young cast are given free reign to play off one another – Teller and Jordan being, unsurprisingly, the charismatic standouts. Even with relationships as surface-deep as the ones here, there's something endearing about their interactions and the film's emphasis on friendship.
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-Digital Spy

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If the screenplay by Trank, Simon Kinberg ("X-Men: Days of Future Past") and Jeremy Slater ("The Lazarus Effect") wanted to eschew superheroics in favor of character development, they wound up bringing neither to the table; it's only the inherent charm of the lead actors that make these otherwise archetypal cardboard characters of any interest.
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-The Wrap

Fantastic Four comes out in theaters on Friday.
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