The new Fantastic Four movie is not a good film.
Well, like most are saying, the first half is good. And then the damned monkey shows up, and that’s the beginning of the end for it. So it steadily gets worse after that, until you’re just like “what the what?” And then the credits come up, and you’re left sitting there, scratching your head, and you want a refund.
I wanted a refund, and I didn’t spend any money to see it.
I had a stance against this film. I wanted it to fail so that Fox would sell the rights back to Marvel. It’s failed, and while Fox is sticking to its guns in saying they’re still going to produce the already-announced sequel, it’s still early days and anything can happen.
I’m not going to do a film review. I’m just going to go through some things I had problems with:
The casting. Kate Mara. She’s not relatable as Sue Storm. She’s also not believable as Johnny’s sister—and not just because she’s adopted. They had absolutely no chemistry between them. They hardly interacted.
Michael B. Jordan doesn’t seem hot-headed (read: impetuous) enough for the character. And he’s black. As a black man myself, I think changing his race truly hurt the integrity of the character.
I had no problems with Miles Teller as Reed Richards. He’s believable. So is Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm. My only problem there is that Ben isn’t a jock/protector of Reed. They’re best friends, and that can be seen, but that dynamic of protector is missing.
There was a campaign of disinformation that was also detrimental to the movie. Saying that there was no Doom and that he basically was a blogger was terrible. I think it helped to hurt the prospects of the film. The guy playing Doom was okay. He wasn’t as self-absorbed as Doom, more interested in the world rather than having the world bend its knee to him. And he also had a thing for Sue.
There was no real rivalry between Doom and Richards.
The physics went to the fantastical without being explained. They sent the monkey to a different universe, but were able to monitor its vitals and get video signals. How? There was no way to do it. I love my science fiction, but it has to make sense. This doesn’t make sense, and as soon as you start thinking about what doesn’t make sense, you start wondering how this got through. Then you start to wonder how other things got through. Like the uber-powers of Doom, and why he didn’t kill the FF when he had the chance. And he had multiple chances.
And then the fight was over, and the lights came up. (Well, there was a little bit of “what happens after”, but it wasn’t that good.)
This film was a bad idea. It needs a better cast and a better story. Sell the rights to Marve, or do what Sony is doing with Spider-Man and do a co-production, and then let things unfold from there. Doom has been in three movies now. It’s time to retire him for a while. There are other villains that need to be used. Forget Galactus, too. He won’t translate well to film, and was done in the previous sequel.
Villains that can be used: Frightful Four, Puppet Master, Psycho-Man, Kang, Impossible Man (this would be really fun), Mole Man, Molecule Man, Namor, Red Ghost (which would also be fun), Terminus. There are more, but these would be very good for a reboot (get the origin done in the credits) set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
I don’t think I’m asking for a lot. I just want everything back in Marvel’s hands. I know that it won’t happen in the case of X-Men, but FF and their characters are really the last holdouts.
It’s time for Fox to just let it go.