'Fantastic Four' (2015) Review - Indie Director Transitioning from Low-Budget Films to Blockbuster

The film is based on the Marvel Comics superhero team 'Fantastic Four' and distributed by 20th Century Fox. The ‘Fantastic Four’ film franchise (Reboot) was directed by Josh Trank, with the screenplay by Jeremy Slater. The film stars Miles Teller (Reed Richards) who starred in "Whiplash" “Insurgent” and “Divergent’, Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm) “Chronicle’ , Kate Mara (Sue Storm) “House of Cards”, Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm), Toby Kebbell (Victor von Doom) “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”, Reg E. Cathey (Dr. Franklin Storm) “House of Cards”, and Tim Blake Nelson (Dr. Allen).

“Four young outsiders teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe which 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.”

Fantastic Four had a production budget of $122 million.  The film initially was going to be shot in Vancouver, Canada, but ended up being filmed in Louisiana due to a tax incentive. The film premiered in New York on August 4th, 2015, and was released in theaters on Friday August 7th. Who doesn’t have great memories of ‘Fantastic Four’ from watching the cartoons on TV or reading the comic books growing up? This weekend was the release of 20th Century Fox’s reboot of the comic book franchise Fantastic Four’ from director Josh Trank. The sequel is scheduled to be released on June 9th, 2017.

Lamentably Fantastic Four has been the subject of media scrutiny and overwhelmingly criticized. After watching the Fantastic Four movie you’ll find yourself more than ready to watch the sequel and learn more about the characters. The storyline of ‘Fantastic Four’ (2015) isn’t totally open about the characters' background which I find particularly interesting and would like to learn more about in the sequel. The film shows down to earth characters with deep emotional issues and sensitivities who are also young people with nerdy personalities. They find themselves by accident with strange superpowers after teleporting themselves without permission or supervision. Unfortunately, the superpowers are so difficult to deal with and they are like having a dangerous terminal illness, the group of four is isolated by the government in order to figure out the best way to cure or deal/use with their powers. The film doesn’t have the overpowering action like most superhero movies and instead it is a little slow, but smooth enough to enjoy and easy to digest. The movie isn’t terrible or boring. The movie is honest, light, and casual for the new generations of kids who have been spending the summer bombarded by action movies at the theaters. The audience probably would have liked to have more humor in the movie and a romantic touch between Reed Richards (Miles Teller) and Sue Storm (Kate Mara) and the addition of some sexual tension between the two would have made the film more enticing for teenagers and adults. 'Fantastic Four' has a different plot and it is indeed very different from most of the other superhero movies out there with fights, explosions, and special effects.  On this reboot of Fantastic Four’ the characters are getting to know each others and their powers and it’s more like a psychological thriller.

‘Fantastic Four needed a reboot with new faces and new characters. Fantastic Four comic books are very fun and since the early 60s, these four heroes have entertained us with crime fighting, earth saving, and defending us from aliens, but all the action seems to be expected in the sequel. We didn’t have too many action moments during ‘Fantastic Four’ (2015). Also we can't really compare this summer's 'Avenger movie' with the 'Fantastic Four.' In the 'Avenger's movie' the characters had their power for a long time and had already formed a team with a solid friendship; on the contrary the F4 characters are just getting to know each other, and their powers are new to them. The Fantastic Four film would  have been a better fit for a younger audience, since kids are dreamers and achievers, and our kids live in a world of fantasy and surrealism. Reed Richards is a kid genius who made it to adulthood to make his dream come true with his fantastic invention.

We have had  several memorable blockbusters this summer 2015 from the spectacular "Avengers: Age of Ultron,' the action masterpiece "Mad Max: Fury Road,' the unforgettable "Jurassic World,"  the mind-blowing  "Ant-Man," the  surprisingly quintessential action star Tom Cruise with "Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation." 'Fantastic Four' has to compete this summer with the creative universe of action movies made by the most magnificent and marvelous directors in the Hollywood blockbuster. Honestly a tough world out there, but It has been fun to watch different styles of action movies, ‘Fantastic Four’ also was directed by a director who has been having a fast-tracking career by accepting a major franchise (transitioning from low-budget films to blockbuster). 'Fantastic Four' is different and we can’t wait for the sequel and expecting of course all the rush of the Fantastic Four “action.” just like in the comic books.

The character of Miles Teller (Reed Richards/ Mister Fantastic) explored the world with experiments in his garage after school. After after being transformed by one of his experiments, he gains the ability to stretch his body into different forms and lengths. He is a smart kid, determined and knows what he is able to do and be a role model, but is also the weird kid.

Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm / Human Torch) is the guy who likes the cars, thrill and speed and gets in trouble. He is the young guy coping with some issues and he needs to find a meaningful way to make a living, and he is guided by his father who is Dr. Franklin Storm (Reg E. Cathey)

Kate Mara (Susan "Sue" Storm / Invisible Woman) She is a down to earth woman, smart, independent who is adopted with a troublemaker African American brother. When she gets her incredible powers she is able to generate a force-field protection in combination with her invisibility.

Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm / Thing) He is Reed’s loyal, sensitive and honest friend. He is always there to help and support Reed’s experiments . After he gets his indestructible superpower of being the powerful and strong rock man, and he is dealing with his awful appearance.

Toby Kebbell (Victor/ Von Doom / Doctor Doom) Victor is computer scientist. At first bright, lonely and becomes angry and vengeful after being in contact with the “Negative Zone” and  he becomes Von Doom / Doctor Doom.  He was part of the team at the beginning of the movie, but he got transformed into the villain.

Reg E. Cathey (Dr. Franklin Storm) He is biological African American father of Johnny Storm and adoptive father of Sue Storm.

Tim Blake Nelson a(Dr. Allen) A scientist who works for the government, and takes part in training the members of the team to hone their abilities.

The perception of the film has a realistic feel, the audience will feel the characters grounded with totally different personalities, emotions and visions. We would say that has a different pace if we compared 'Fantastic Four' with other mega franchises from Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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