Daniel’s Review (13/11/2015):
‘Fantastic Four’ is the 2005 superhero film based on the popular Marvel comics, starring Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis.
‘Fantastic Four’ sees Dr. Reed Richards and astronaut and best friend Ben Grimm to join Dr. Victor von Doom to travel in outer-space, as he seeks to test his theory of evolution with a rare sighting of cosmic energy clouds. However, things don’t turn out as planned, after getting hit by these cosmic clouds, with Sue and Johnny Storm aboard, and the five gain superpowers, each sharing their own unique ability.
The 2005 version of ‘Fantastic Four’ is lighter in tone, and sports more as a comedy than a straight-out action sci-fi flick than the 2015 version was. Despite that, the humour is mostly laugh free, with the story weak and a mess at times, with lack of character depth; surprisingly, the 2015 version has more character than this version of the film.
What the film does right, is the action – and yes, the visual effects seem outdated, however, the action was at least the most fun to watch in this hallow, uneven film.
The arc that has the most potential is Ben’s plot, as the film tries to provide some heart to The Thing, unfortunately, lack of development of Ben’s marriage, making the wife seem shallow, however, for this reason alone, Ben is the most likeable developed character out of the four.
The ‘Fantastic Four’ tries to have heart, and tries to be fun, but it is a lackluster film with a story that’s bland and the characters mostly forgettable.
Rob’s Review (13/11/2015):
Not so ‘Fantastic 4’ stars Chris Evans, Ioan Gruffudd, and Jessica Alba, and was directed by Tim Story.
The story revolves around Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd), and Ben Grimm (Michael Chiklis) having to go and observe cosmic clouds to prove evolution started on earth due to these clouds. No this was not explained in the movie, this is based off my actual research into this movie.
This movie has a few good points like, some of the jokes were funny, and I felt a little bit of a connection with the characters as if I was on this adventure with them, and the small relationships they built with each other. But that is about it to say the least the story was a mess, from the get go, no information on how the characters knew each other, what their motivations were, why they were doing what they were doing. The plot is slow, and when it does actually pick itself up and go, we get the most abrupt climax. Some of the characters where clique.
The visual effects, while impressive, just did not live up to expectations after a re-watch, while this movie was done with a smaller budget and released the same year as ‘Harry potter and the Goblet of Fire’, but the visuals in that are amazing, even after a re-watch but the visuals in this, while impressive in some spots where not up to date with the time.
Overall this movie is alright, and I had a little bit of fun with it, but perhaps Fox has two options, either merge the 2005 ‘Fantastic Four’ with the 2015 reboot (as that actually has character development, motivation, it doesn’t have much of a plot, but better than this one), and make something better in the future, or give the rights back to Marvel where they belong.