Fantastic Four (2015) Movie Review

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Recommended Audience: Fans of Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell and Marvel movie fans


Fantastic Four Movie Synopsis

Fantastic-Four-2015-full-teamFANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Fantastic Four Viewer Rating: 3.5/5 ***

Fantastic Four Movie Review:

There had been quite a lot of negative reviews when the film was out. I wanted to watch it myself and see how ‘bad’ it was. To be truthful, I thought the negative criticism was mainly because Fantastic Four is a Marvel film and the critics had wanted a Marvel-ous result. fantastic-four-miles-teller-2This would most probably have received better reviews if it hadn’t been a Marvel story. I like the focus on the scientific development, the initial character development of the friendship between Richard Reeds (Miles Teller) and Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell), and the subtle love-triangle between Richard Reeds, Sue Storm (Kate Mara) and Victor Von Doom (Toby Kebbell). It was difficult imagining Miles Teller to be the nerdy geek after his memorable performance in Insurgent and That Awkward Moment, but well, he was kinda getting it. Not exactly there, but still pretty believable.

TheFantasticFourStill7While I have little complains for Kate Mara’s portrayal of Sue Storm as a genius instead of a hot babe, her nose was really distracting! TheFantasticFourStill17Jamie Bell is “The Thing” with the least lines (and screen time), but yet, I thought he was the one with the most potential. Too bad, his role was underdeveloped and the focus was leaning heavily toward Richard Reeds.

Fantastic Four 2015While the whole world is complaining about Johnny Storm being a black guy, I thought the use of child adoption to weave the siblings together was not a bad idea. The one BIG problem with this film was how it was the climatic fight scene was too short and Doctor Doom died way too easily. While I love the time-lapse clip on how the machine was built, the time spent on the individual four when they received their powers were dreadfully short. TheFantasticFourStill13The finale resembles a Captain Planet cartoon or even Mighty Morphin Power Rangers episode where the “leader” shouts out how they should work together to fight thy enemy. It would have been great, if I was watching this 10 years, no, 20 years ago. Indeed, it is Fantastic For kids.

Do You Know?

Stan Lee has no cameo in this movie and there is no post-credit scenes.

Screen Shot 2015-08-07 at 22.07.25Michael B. Jordan ran into Chris Evans, who initially played Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four (2005) and its sequel, at an industry event. According to Jordan, they ended up talking about the role and Evans told him, “Man, I can’t give you anything. You’re great, you’re awesome. Just do your thing. And enjoy it. It’s gonna be fun.” Fantastic Four AuditioneesSaoirse Ronan, Allison Williams, Emmy Rossum and Margot Robbie auditioned for the role of Susan Storm/The Invisible Woman before Kate Mara was cast. Fantastic Four Auditionees 2Kit Harington, Anton Yelchin, Richard Madden and Jack O’Connell auditioned for the role of Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic before Miles Teller was cast. FantasticarA teacher jokes about young Reed building a flying car. In the comics, Reed Richards constructed the Fantasticar, a flying car that served as the Fantastic Four’s personal vehicle. fantastic-four-2005-posterMiles Teller is the first American actor to portray Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic; his predecessors, Alex Hyde-White and Ioan Gruffudd, were British. In contrast, Jamie Bell is the first British actor to play Ben Grimm/The Thing; his predecessors, Michael Bailey Smith and Michael Chiklis, were American. justice-league-flashpoint-paradox-cyborg-and-batmanThis is the second time Michael B. Jordan has portrayed a superhero, after voicing Cyborg in Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013)

that awkward momentMiles Teller (Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic) and Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm/The Human Torch) previously starred together in That Awkward Moment (2014).

Behind The Scenes and Interviews

Check out Fantastic Four official website and Facebook Page!
Fantastic Four is out in cinemas on 6 August 2015.

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21 thoughts on “Fantastic Four (2015) Movie Review”

  1. I actually like “That Awkward Moment” more than this film. Haha! Only the last part was exciting, then it was over, just like that. The whole buildup was very very disappointing. – Fred

  2. Every time a new superhero movie comes along, I clap like a child along with the whole world. It’s sad that this movie got negative reviews, so I will do as you did and watch it myself to see what the fuss is about.

  3. I’m going to watch this in the future but I was so surprised at how many people hated it! I was actually surprised by your rating! 😀

  4. You are actually one of those raters who gave good grades to this movie. I’ve read a lot of bad reviews with Fantastic Four so we didn’t watch it in the movie house. I guess i’ll just wait for my sister to get a downloaded version of this and watch it at home to see if it really sucked or not. :p

  5. I agree people may have already set the bar high in the first place. The cast though is not as star-studded as the previous one. I’ll probably check it out when it comes out on DVD.

  6. Louise ღ (@louisechelle)

    Sorry if I judged it even before watching it but honestly… when i first saw the trailer, I kind of didn’t like it already. It would have been better if they just used the same actors like the previous one. I somehow sensed the movie will be focused to the Reed’s character. I guess I made the right choice not to watch it.

  7. Finally, a review that’s not too scathing. It’s too bad that people judged it waaay too much because it is a Marvel movie. I like how you offered different explanations as to why people were so against the movie.

  8. I think I’ll just sit and wait for a bluray release. I’ve had it with remakes this year, there’s so many of them!

  9. I’ve read some very bad reviews since this movie came out. The cast of A-listers was a hard act to follow, which seems to be a factor as to why this movie was a flop at the box office. I myself wasn’t that enthusiastic to see it, I still prefer Jesicca Alba I guess.

  10. Debra Lord Daigle

    Im sorry but I did not like it. It was campy and predictable. The acting could have been better if the characters were a bit older and experienced. I would give it a 2 on a 5 scale and thats being generous. Im a huge Marvel fan.

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