‘Fantastic 4’ wasn’t exactly fantastic.

Fantastic Four follows four young scientists who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe that alters their physical form in shocking ways. The four must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

I remember watching the “original” Fantastic Four film at the cinema starring Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Ioan Gruffudd, and Michael Chiklis. Even if it was cheesy, corny, and had a few one liners that made you cringe and snort at the same time,it was actually a decent film and audience’s will remember it as something fun but not great from the early 2000s. It’s something, at least, rewatchable.

Unless you want to torture yourself through the last half of the 2015 remake with flat expressions from the majority of the cast and completely and utterly emotionless delivery from Kate Mara’s Sue Storm – which is a shame because she pulled off a brilliant performance in Netflix’s House of Cards.

Director Josh Trank attempts to put a darker take on this attempt of a remake of a superhero movie and tries to pull together a grittier plot than it’s significantly more light hearted predecessor. While it’s attempts may be honest, it’s still evident that it’s a desperate attempt amongst a previous string of successful Marvel films (including Ant-Man, which was a decent film but still underpar compared to the filmography on Marvel’s list).

I must not be the only one whose started to feel the superhero fatigue as a constant stream of superhero films constantly barrage our movie screens and it would be easy to disregard this new adaptation of Fantastic Four apart of this fatigue, but there are a few things that you just can’t blatantly ignore. At least with the first half of the film, where the Fantastic Four and their “villain” gain their powers, it made sense. After that, the narrative went out the window. It was unfocused, it’s pacing was out, and the character development seemed to be separated into two halves without any connection. What I mean is, in the first half, our leads were one personality, and in the second half, they were completely different people without any proper exploration of why they truly changed. And can I also mention the fact that the villain isn’t even on screen enough to make enough of an impact. And not to mention, his character development was abysmal and didn’t seem to be of any interest in the first place. It felt like he was just there for the sake of being there.

The CGI within the film, especially in regards to Reed Richards//Mr. Fantastic, were gimmicky and laughable. I had to physically restrain myself in the cinema from not laughing out loud, very loud, at whenever we saw him stretch himself across the screen.

In the end, the film nor story neither the heroes or the villain were particular fantastic. Give it a miss.

Film-O-Meter: 2/10.


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