CINEMA REVIEW: Fantastic Four (12A)

Fantastic Four is out now.
Fantastic Four is out now.
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Unfortunately for superhero movie fans, the Fantastic Four remake is a fantastic flop.

The reboot from 20th Century Fox fails to live up to its 2005 predecessor.

The film follows genius Reed Richards (Miles Teller) who has perfected inter-dimensional travel.

After visiting the other world with co-workers Victor Von Doom (Toby Kebbell), Johnny Storm (Michael B Jordan), and his pal Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell), an accident leaves them, and Sue Storm (Kate Mara) – who is waiting back on the other side – with super powers.

I loved the 2005 film, but I have to say that this one was just slow and tedious.

It’s one hour until they get their powers then another 40 minutes until anything else of note happens, and a lot of clock-watching in between.

The effects weren’t amazing either. They didn’t feel very modern and the film wasn’t even in 3D, a peculiar choice for a film of this genre in this day and age.

It was disappointing on the visual side, but also on an emotional level. I felt no connection with the characters. I didn’t care what happened to them and I wasn’t rooting for them either.

The usual light-hearted humour and charm that you find in a Marvel film was missing as well. I didn’t so much as chuckle, and it was disappointing to find there was no secret scene at the end.

Remakes often fail to live up to the original, but for me, this went way beyond that.

Remakes often fail to live up to the original, but for me, this went way beyond that.

Fantastic Four is fantastically flawed.

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