Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Fantastic Four Review
Fanastic Four on paper is the perfect opportunity for Fox to create a world that is similar to the Avengers. The Fantastic Four comic books are a well-liked series of comics for comic lovers. You have four young people who come across super powers that are quite fantastic. One of them has the ability to stretch like rubber. Another has the power of fire that he can use for a lot of things, one of them being flying. A third has the power of invisibility combined with the ability of using force fields. And the final one is a huge rock person who is extremely strong. There's a lot that could be done with this franchise. It has the potential to be extremely fun. But for some reason, no one can do it right. We had a straight to video version of the movie in the 90's that is apparently really bad. We have the fun, light-hearted version in 2005 where they spend 95 percent of the movie arguing about what to do with their powers instead of actually fighting. We have the extremely cheesy and hard-to-watch sequel to that 2005 film that came out two years later in 2007. And now we have a movie from this year where it is painfully obvious that there were a lot of strong personalities butting heads the entire time that resulted in everyone involved giving up halfway through, leaving us with a final product that can barely be labeled as a movie. I kid you not when I say this.
Needless to say, I sat there during the credits being absolutely dumbfounded. I had just watched a movie where the first act was over an hour, the second act was 15-20 minutes at best, and the final act couldn't have been any longer than 10 minutes, half of which being the resolution. Not only that, but everything about the final two acts was complete garbage. Plot points made no sense. Character arcs became extremely rushed. A villain is suddenly just the villain with like no explanation. Even worse is the fact that the villain the worst looking villain like in the history of ever. Then this seemingly unstoppable villain gets defeated by the fantastic four in like five minutes in the most unconvincing way. Then you have moments of CGI that were the lamest and weirdest CGI that I've seen in some time. There's only one conclusion that I could come up with that explains all of this in my head. They gave up. THEY. GAVE. UP. It's incredible. In a bad way. A very bad way. I don't even know what to compare this to. In all the movies I've watched, I don't think I've ever seen a movie where it was so obvious that everyone involved just threw in the towel. You don't even need to read about all of the production issues to come up with this. But when you do, it will all make sense. Director Josh Trank had this to say on his twitter on the night of release:
"A year ago I had a fantastic version of this. And it would've received great reviews. You'll probably never see it. That's reality though."
That says a lot about this movie. Then you go and read about all the chaos that happened during this production and that statement makes even more sense in context. Apparently Josh Trank had an idea of where he wanted to take the movie. But Fox didn't like his idea, so they butted heads. They wanted to fire him apparently, but instead just hired some people to re-write the script. During all this, it was reported that Josh Trank had been hired to direct one of the Star Wars anthology films, but was dropped after Lucasfilm and company did some investigating. I've heard lots of stories about how horrible Josh Trank was on set. Some say he came to set drunk on a regular basis. Others say that he butted heads with like everyone, actors included. I don't know what is true and what is fiction, but something wasn't right. I just read an article on EW.com about all of this. Check it out:
I really hope that everyone involved in this can make a recovery. Josh Trank is only 31 years old and he already has the movie Chronicle on his resume. I loved that movie. I hope he can put this disaster behind him, learn what he can from it, and continue to make more movies that are as good as Chronicle. I hope Fox can recover from this. I love what they have done with X-Men recently. I'm excited for X-Men: Apocalypse. I'm even intrigued by this Deadpool movie. What Fox needs to do is cut their losses with Fantastic Four. Don't go forward with that sequel. Let Marvel earn the rights back and continue with everything in the X-Men universe. Speaking of which, a lot of Marvel fanboys are happy with the idea of Marvel getting the rights back to Fantastic Four. Why? Are we really wanting yet another attempt at Fantastic Four after all previous attempts have failed? I say Marvel should get their rights back just for bragging rights, but then throw this franchise in the closet for good. Kill it. There are so many good comic book characters that deserve movies, why do we need to keep trying on this one over and over? Certainly not to blame for all of this are the actors that I mentioned earlier. Despite all the drama, this group does their best with what little is given to them. Casting them in these roles was perhaps the only thing that was done right with this project and because of that I'm not giving this my worse grade, but I'm close. My grade is for this disaster is a 2/10.