Movie Review: Fantastic Four (2015)

Last night, Adam and I saw the Fantastic Four movie premier at Landmark Theater. Before watching this movie, we had noticed a lot of bad reviews online saying things like "It wasn't as good in comparison to the original movie/comics" or "it was dull and boring" etc. We decided to see it for ourselves. 

I, myself, came into this theater with no prior information as to what Fantastic Four is. I had not watched the movie or read the comics as a child, so I was going into this movie without anything to compare this movie to, which would allow me to make a biased opinion.


Overall Rating: ★★✩✩✩
Plot Rating: ★★★✩✩
Character Progression Rating: ★★✩✩✩
Action Scene Ratings: ★✩✩✩✩


What I Liked 

  • I found the emphasis on the science behind the teleportation very interesting. I liked how they showed Reed and Ben becoming friends and starting their years of work together in creating a dimensional teleporter. 
  • When Dr. Storm died, I cried. It was such a sad way for him to go and the way he tried to push the kids into working together as a team--as a family--touched me. I think that is what triggered in the group to finally work together, when trying to defeat Dr. Doom.
  • The editing to create the powers was well done. It made them seem as if they had great potential and strength, which is what I think they were aiming for. 

What I Didn't Like 

  • The attempt of character progression that they seemed to focus so hard on wasn't even really there. All the characters meet to work together, you barely see them even work together, the dimensional teleporter works, they try to use it, it didn't go their way, BAM here's some powers for you. Then it cuts to "One Year Later", showing that the characters are learning their powers while Reed runs away. 
  • Dr. Doom was pathetic. He was somewhat strong, but didn't even have much of a motive of wanting to destroy the Earth. Yes, he did say earlier in the movie that the earth deserves to die and he probably did have a grudge on his Reed, Ben, and Johnny for leaving him in that alternate dimension, but they didn't even emphasize that when he was creating a black hole to suck up the earth. It was like he had no motive at all except for wanting to be an uber jerk.
  • Most of the movie was dull and boring. It was so hard for me to sit through that movie and it was only about an hour and forty minutes. 

General Thoughts

I find they focused on the characters themselves and how they became the Fantastic Four more so than the characters as the Fantastic Four. I think they spent too much time introducing characters and attempting character progression that the movie lacked anything to set it apart from any other "action" film out there. To be honest, I don't even  know if I can consider it an action film because the only real fight scene, with Dr. Doom, only lasted probably 10 minutes tops and was the most pathetic superhero fight scene I have ever seen. Literally it was like the director and producers were like "Oh man, this movie is getting long, lets just pull from the best part of the movie--the MOST IMPORTANT FIGHT SCENE--and let each member of the Fantastic Four attempt to take him down, fail, then have a bright idea to work together and annihilate him in seconds". I can't even begin to explain my disappointment there. Then the movie just ends with them getting their own place to work as scientists. Okay. 

The movie, itself, was very hard for me to sit through. At some parts, I just wanted to take a nap until a cool fight scene would show up, but no cool fight scenes ever showed up and I couldn't find a comfortable position to sleep in, in the theater. It was just very dull at many parts. Yes, there were some really interesting and cool parts but to be honest, I think the most interesting parts were the parts when they didn't have their powers yet. That is kind of a shame since it is a movie called "Fantastic Four"--so shouldn't the most interesting part be when they are the Fantastic Four?

It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. I think they honestly should have invested more time into Reed, Johnny, Ben and Sue fighting together with their powers--especially against Dr. Doom. They worked so hard to emphasize these powers, how powerful they were in combat, and how they worked so hard to control them so why didn't they put those powers to use? Same with Dr. Doom. They put so much emphasis on how powerful he was; then made him so easy to kill, at the end of the movie. It was such a rush. 

Oh and there's no Marvel scene at the end of the credits this movie. Boooooo! We, and several other people in the theater, waiting for the scene for NOTHING. How disappointing. That is what we look forward to, after we watch a Marvel movie, because it introduces something new that may be added, but no. How disappointing. 

Nevertheless, you probably will have to see it for yourself to judge it. Adam said he liked it more than the original Fantastic Four, a little bit, but I thought this movie was okay. I guess it is all personal preference so you may need to go out and see it for yourself to be the judge of that.


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