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Fantastic Chore - Fantastic Four Movie Review
Ooohhhhh!!!! Pretty lights!!!!
Studio - 20th Century Fox
Director - Josh Trank
Starring - Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Tim Blake Nelson and Reg E. Cathey
Run Time - 100 minutes
Budget - Estimated $120 million
This is without a doubt one of the most frustrating, taxing and downright boring experiences I've had at the cinemas all year.
You have a talented young cast which includes Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell. Also a young creative director in Josh Trank. Add 20th Century Fox who had their best year in 2014 at the box office. This should all lead to a home run for this film, well you would be very,very, very, very, very, very, should I add one more for you, very wrong!!!
Now granted we heard of rumblings of behind the scenes trouble for some time now and I do try to separate that from the finished product however after seeing this thing (no pun intended) its hard not to see those troubles on the big screen.
The plot of the film revolves around Reed Richards played by Teller, a child prodigy inducted into a program for gifted teenagers/young adults (how old are they in this film?) by Dr. Franklin Storm. Reed has cracked inter dimensional travel and helps create a machine for humans to travel into said dimension. He's assisted by Sue Storm played by Mara, Johnny Storm played by Jordan and Victor Von Doom/Domashev sorry Doom, played by Kebbell. Once they travel to the other realm under the influence, they're bestowed with powers, from the ability to stretch to becoming a huge rock monster.
As the tagline for the 2005 version (that no one liked, however personally never really had a problem with, don't shoot) 1 will be bad, 4 will be fantastic.
Reach!!! Mr Fantastic loves S Club.
Positives to be had, aren't many but for the sake of variety. Performances by the cast are solid enough, I liked Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm AKA The Thing. Also being someone who was never been really attached to these characters, I didn't hate the depiction of Dr Doom as much as everybody else. Toby Kebbell is a great actor and for me it wasn't so much his interpretation of Doom I hated, it was the word vomit that was coming out of his mouth from the terrible script.
Which leads onto the juicier portion of this article, the negatives. General pacing of the film, nothing happens for the first two acts its all exposition city, population this script. However once you get to the horrendous final act, you'll be wishing for the sweet release of.....OK I'm' getting dark now but you get the point.
I maybe nitpicking here but there are scenes which are completely left out of the film which were shown in the trailer. Ironically these were scenes that got me pumped to see this film in the first place and now I will have to wait for the Blu Ray which I will not purchase, to see said scenes if they do even include those scenes. What an anomaly right?
Where are the scenes? For the love of God, where are the scenes?!!!
At Comic Con a few weeks ago 20th Century Fox promoted their Marvel properties including this film, Gambit and Deadpool. If this is a part of some sort of shared universe Fox has in mind, a small part of me would like to see them have another crack at this franchise. I think due to the talented cast involved it would be a waste not to use them again.
I can't in good conscience recommend this film to anyone, maybe someone that owes me money, then they can waste their money on this rubbish and then I get the satisfaction of knowing they saw this. MUHAHAHAHAHA!!! OK I'm going off point.........................