|Not so Fantastic|
Well, it could have been worse. The movie could have had a stupid plot. The actors could have been lousy. The special effects could have been lame. The Thing could have had a dumb looking costume/suit. They could have had appalling jokes and one-liners. They could have had a joke of a super-villain as their opponent.
Oh wait, the movie DID have all of that.
It was one of the worst and most pitiful superhero films that I have seen. It’s really bad when Brad Bird’s homage “The Incredibles” is actually of better quality than the Not-So-Fantastic Four.
The storyline was boring and horribly pointless. There didn’t seem to be much in the way of a logical story structure. And the actors! I will say that Chris Evans (Johnny Storm) was probably the best one in the entire movie. He was affable and obnoxious—but a funny sort of obnoxious. But the rest were only so-so or barley adequate in my opinion. I could sense absolutely no charisma from Ioan Gruffudd (Reed Richards) and no spark between him and Jessica Alba (Susan Storm), they might as well been a pair of cardboard cutouts.
And as special effects … well, they were pathetic. I mean, they managed to come out with a decent looking CGI Hulk a few years earlier ... but the Thing still looks like some stupid and incredibly fake costume for pete's sake! This is Marvel's First Family! They couldn't give them a little dignity? They couldn't pony up for some better special effects?
But I think that the worst disappointment for me was their rendition of Dr. Doom. I mean really? That was what they scraped together? That was it? The Doom from the comics was someone strong, powerful, and deadly; not whining about how the bank is taking his business from him. He was an inventive and scientific genius who was said to be near equal to Reed Richards. But he goes and steals a heat seeking rocket for one of his elaborate “death traps”. I mean—just wow. That was it? I mean, sure go ahead. Steal a rocket. But at least steal a couple of them, don’t be cheap about it. Maybe you could oh I don’t know, shoot more than one?
But that is how the entire movie feels. Cheap. Like it’s operating on a shoestring budget. The entire movie is about showing the characters, showing their powers, giving them cute nicknames. But little in the way of character development and little-r in the way of plot.
By the time it’s over, I felt like yawning and wondering: "was that it?" and realized yes, apparently it was. The entire movie really was that boring and not very entertaining at all. In fact, one could say it’s not that fantastic.
Video Feature: Marvel Films of the Past
Alex takes a painful look back at the Marvel movies of yesteryear. (video not for the faint of heart)
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