JEANNE'S REVIEW

 

"Fantastic Four" is a lot of things, but fantastic --- not so much. This happens to be one of the hokiest stories with a screenplay sounding like it was written by a two-year-old. But in reality, the writing credit goes to Simon Kinberg, Jeremy Slater and Josh Trank, who also directs, based on the Marvel Comic characters developed by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

 

Seriously, does the world need another version of this tired franchise? No. So why do the studios continue to remake these comic adventures? Don't know --- beats me. It would be one thing if the 2015 "Fantastic Four" possessed mind-blowing special effects and a clever script. But, alas, that is not the case.

 

The production and set designs are cheesy, and the teleporting effects are unimpressive. The young people chosen to take over the popular roles, Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Kate Mara as Susan Storm, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm/The Thing are uninspired and pedestrian. Even Toby Kebbell, who plays Victor Von Doom, a role which should have been a blast to play, is lifeless and boring.

 

I have nothing good to say about "Fantastic Four" --- so let's just leave it at that.

 

Opinion: Huge Don't Bother!

 

DAVID'S REVIEW

 

If you know a 12-year-old boy who likes science fiction, you might recommend "Fantastic Four", an unnecessary remake to the two "FF" movies preceding it. On the other hand, I suspect most 12-year-olds would see through the cheesy special effects and shoddy acting on display in this humorless version.

 

What a come down for Miles Teller off his brilliant work in "Whiplash". Of course, actors are only as good as the script, so we'll name the trio of writers who butchered the original story by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. They are Simon Kinberg, Jeremy Slater and Josh Trank, who also directs. You can find an earlier example of Kinberg's writing in the woeful "Jumper" (2008).

 

Trank stated he was trying to minimize the cost of special effects ---wow, does it show. That's hard to believe with a visual effects team numbering more than four hundred. But even so, "Fantastic Four" had a final budget of $122 million. Good luck to 20th Century Fox making that investment back.

 

Super hero movies should be fun ventures, thrilling audiences with exciting storylines, and characters you actually care about, even villains you abhor. "Fantastic Four" has none of this. I suspect it's becoming increasingly difficult to come up with original and creative ways to wow moviegoers. Don't waste your time with this dull, drab effort.

 

Opinion: Huge Don't Bother!