Friday, August 7, 2015

Fantastic Four

Hey you comic books geeks, it's time for yet another Marvel super-hero reboot.  For those who don't recall, the last Fantastic Four films came out in 2005 and 2007, but weren't well received to say the least.  So a decade later they're giving it another go with a completely different cast.  And yes, this is another origin story.  And that's two major problems with this movie.  One, do people really want to see another Fantastic Four movie?  And two, do we really want to sit through yet another origin story?  I know my answer to both questions is a resounding no.  Though I must admit I didn't think I wanted to see an origin story about Ant-Man, and that was actually quite entertaining.  So the lesson learned is, it's not what property you use, it's all about how you use it.  In this case, it's pretty blah.  The cast is decent, with the Four made up of Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell.  And there's nothing technically wrong with it.  But overwhelmingly there just isn't anything to love or even like here.  There's no comedy.  There's no sense of danger.  Dr. Doom is a classic Four villain, but he just doesn't shine here like, say, Magneto in the X-Men films.  In short, this movie isn't terrible but it is boring.

Grade: C

Who is this movie for?  Only die hard Marvel comic fans need bother.  The rest of you should pick something else for your weekend movie.

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