Lacks Any Chemistry
Directed by Josh Trank
Stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B Jordan
20th Century Fox have been working on their reboot of their first family for almost ten years now, since Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer bombed at the box office in 2007. So at last we have Fantastic Four directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle), a film that has attempted to revamp the origin of Reed Richards, Sue Storm and her brother Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm, turning them into younger characters who are irrevocably altered when they end up, with their friend Victor von Doom (Toby Kebbell), in an alternate dimension. The four all acquire powers (Richards (Teller), Sue (Kate Mara), Johnny (Michael B Jordan) and Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell). I almost don’t know where to begin. Fantastic Four is poorly written with no chemistry between any of the characters and some truly awful special effects. Doctor Doom looks as if he’s just stepped out of Doctor Who and none of the characters have any personality at all. For a film which is only one hour and forty minutes long, Fantastic Four seems to last a lot longer – it is turgid, tedious, and terrible.
The Fantastic Four comic channelled the joy and optimism of science, whereas this film is dull, lifeless and devoid of either invention or inspiration. It manages to be even worse than its three progenitors, so perhaps the rights will revert back to Marvel. I can’t see it doing very well at the box office and Marvel might get it right on the fourth attempt. At the time of writing Rotten Tomatoes has it at 11%, down from 18% on preview night. Roger Corman’s FF, made in 1994 solely to establish copyright would probably rate higher…