How can 20th Century Fox keep screwing this franchise up? It was them, along with Bryan Singer, who gave us The X-Men movie in 2000 which really kicked off the superhero movie renaissance, but for some reason they can’t seem to figure out what to do with The Fantastic Four.
going to lay some of the blame on the dark and gritty Nolanverse that
some studios think is what’s needed to make a comic book movie palatable
for modern audiences, but Marvel Studios have had an amazing track
record doing the exact opposite so I’m not sure why Fox and director Josh Trank decided to go with grim and miserable instead of fun and exciting.
Miles Teller) and his best friend Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell)
as they try to crack the science behind teleportation. How did super
genius Reed become friends with junkyard kid Ben Grimm? Well you see
Reed needed some parts for his machine and Ben’s parents owned a
junkyard, instant friendship. This pretty much sums up all of the characterization we get in this movie; Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan) is a dickish street racer who is pissed off at his dad for reasons the film doesn’t bother to explain, Victor Von Doom (Tony Kebble) is a disillusioned jerk that may have feelings towards Sue Storm (Kate Mara)
so we get a bit of unneeded jealousy plot thread that goes nowhere, and
Sue herself is almost relegated to the girl who gets the coffee in
those 50s sci-fi movies.
Reg E. Cathey)
and Sue discover Reed’s work at the High School Science Fair he is
given a full scholarship to the Baxter Institute, and Ben goes back to
working at the junkyard. Yeah screw Ben, he doesn’t actually have a
character so no sense bringing him along. Victor Von Doom is cajoled
into returning to the Baxter Institute because Reed has finished what
Victor started and so he must..something, something ego..who cares. No
Latverian ruler here, just a sour faced git who eventually becomes the
worst looking Doctor Doom in film history. And I’m counting the Roger
Tim Blake Nelson)
steps in to inform our “heroes” that their services are appreciated but
no longer needed, and it’s now time for the big boys to do the actual
exploring. Pissed that some government astronaut is going to take the
credit for their achievements, just like that asshole Neil Armstrong
stole from those NASA scientists back in the Sixtiess. So Reed, Victor,
Johnny, and for some reason they call Ben, and they all decide to go
ahead and make the trip to Planet Zero on their own. What about Sue you
ask, well screw her, this is guy stuff were talking about here!