Monday, December 24, 2007

Fantastic Four Review

Fantastic Four

Year: 2005
Director: Tim Story
Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Julian McMahon
Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
MPAA: Rated PG-13

After the smash hits of previous Marvel comic turned movies like X-Men and Spider-Man, it was only a matter of time before one of our favorite comic book heroes were going to get the big screen treatment. When I first heard of this film getting made, I just kept thinking to myself who they would cast as the famous four. After all the casting and writing, the film made its 2005 debut in theaters and grossing over $300,000,000 million worldwide, but was the film actually any good? In short answer, not really.

Struggling scientist Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd) and his friend Ben Grimm (Michael Chiklis), convince Scientist Billionaire Victor Van Doom (Julian McMahon) to go in Space by studying the potential effects of a Cosmic Storm when it's approaching Earth. Along with Reed's ex-girlfriend Sue Storm (Jessica Alba) and her daredevil brother Johnny Storm (Chris Evens). But instead, they find themselves caught in the phenomena and affected by receiving unusual special powers. The group gets caught in the news after saving lives and are instantly received popularity by the public. While the group tries to find a cure for their disease, Dr. Doom is using his power for evil and trying to rule the world, but first, he has to destroy the Fantastic Four.

The story of Fantastic Four pretty much sucks. The story isn't actually fun to watch, I mean sure its pretty enjoyable for most people, but die hard fans will be disappointed. They obviously get the introduction of their powers right, but the other part of the story just isn't fun to watch. The whole movie is about them discovering their powers and at the same time, trying to get rid of it. Theirs no interesting plot to keep this movie going and its kind of boring. I'm sure most audiences will probably have a fun time watching the movie, but fans of the comics will be disappointed by its lack of story.

The acting is pretty poor. The cast is just not the right choices to play these characters. Sure Chris Evans plays his role just about right or Ioan Gruffudd looks alot like Reed Richards, but the cast just doesn't show enough emotion. There is absolutely no chemistry between Richards and Storm. Everyone just doesn't look like their really giving any effort in their roles. I don't know about you, but Jessica Alba is the worst choice to play Sue Storm. The only person that actually looks like hes enjoying himself is Julian McMahon, but even hes not that great in his role.

The special effects for the film is decent. I wouldn't say their mind blowing, but their not that bad. I was hoping that after seeing X-Men and Spider-Man that the special effects in Fantastic Four would blow both of those out of the water, but it doesn't. It looks like it wasn't quite finished. I think that it could have easily looked amazing if they had alittle more time, but I guess its not that bad seeing how the budget was only $100,000,000.

The music is not that great either. Fantastic Four doesn't really have its own score. I mean if Spider-Man can have one, why doesn't Fantastic Four? However there is some music in the film that to me mostly feels like a mixture of pop and metal. I was really disappointed that this film didn't have any memorable music that would excite you every time it came on.

In the end, Fantastic Four feels like a cheap Marvel adaption of a comic book to film. I was really disappointed by this movie. It looked like they had some of the things going on, but failed to deliver on its promises. If your a huge fan and that you want to see a Marvel movie no matter how bad the story or cast is, then by all means go ahead and see Fantastic Four. As for everyone else, Id advise you to be warned that your walking into this film with the problems mentioned above.

Rating: 6.4 / 10

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