20th Century Fox has done a phenomenal job with the ‘X-Men’ films not directed Brett Ratner, though clearly the credit belongs to the writers and director. It was an accurately bad omen when the promotions for this new ‘Fantastic 4’ cluster of footage said “From the studio that brought you ‘X-Men; Days of Future Past.’” Studios are essentially large corporations with distribution rights rather than creative teams. This most recent ‘Fantastic 4’ big screen adaptation feels like Fox was trying to make it as quickly as possible just to keep the rights to the characters. They decided back in 2007 not to make a sequel to ‘Rise of the Silver Surfer,’ so they’ve had quite some time to develop an awesome film. There has to have been a ‘Fantastic 4’ super fan somewhere who could have written a great script because he or she wanted to tell a great story. There’s no excuse whatsoever for the sloppy production.
The characters are flat and forgettable. The story is boring and contrived. The special effects look incomplete, as does everything else related to post production from the editing to the sound. It feels like the crew just got up and walked away months ago in the middle of their work and some studio head desperately tried and failed to scrape something competent together. It just feels like a bad adaptation of a great book, where the studio tried to change several things to make the story more edgy and lost the original spirit and essence of the story and characters. None of the characters in this movie feel like characters created by Stan Lee, they don’t feel like a team, and none of the plot points have any actual development. There is a section where the team members are held in a government facility. The Thing goes out of missions that are shown on a TV screen and look like bad CGI in front of a crappy green screen. They basically just mention that it happens. That is what everything feels like: a series of things that are mentioned, but never actually developed. The filmmakers clearly felt that the audience should just go with it.
There are better ways to spend time and money. At best, this movie is worth checking clips out on Youtube out of curiosity. It’s not worth any more time and effort than that. Hopefully the crew, who probably spent a lot of time working really hard on this get better work some day, but even the most hardcore fans should only give the amount of effort the studio put into developing it, and that is very little to none. To to executives of Marvel and Fox studios: please do not make another ‘Fantastic Four’ movie until someone actually has a decent script. It may be one of the most iconic Marvel properties, but if it doesn’t have a good story on the screen, it will lose money. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ proved that source material does not need to be well known if the adaptation is awesome.