The Fantastic Four

Comic books movies are pretty common ever since 911 happened. Although Spider-man was essentially already filmed, it too fits in with the trend Hollywood started, and so we got DareDevil, Spider-man 2, X-Men, Elecktra, The Hulk, etc. In all, except for The Punisher, comic book movies are a very good distraction from real world problems, like terrorism and politics; it is easier to make a movie that requires suspension of disbelief, because even if a theme is controversial, it is not analyzed as much since it is coming from a super hero that isn’t real. Most comic films though tend to be feel-good movies anyway, so there is not much serious thought to begin with. This leads us to Fox’s rendition of The Fantastic Four. A film that disappoints on the most important level of all, the action movie category!

The plot is pretty simple, good boy scientist and his best friend tough guy want to further their research but they are broke. The solicit the help of an old school friend who allows them to take a trip to his personal space station where they have to work together with his chief scientist and her brother. Everyone knows eachother and of course the space cloud they are suppose to study arrives early and the situation leads to a freak accident that gives them superpowers.

The rest of the movie is made up of the four main characters ironing out their personal conflicts, and of course the birth of Dr. Doom, which is a tad underwhelming.

For the most part the acting is not terrible in Fantastic Four, the special effects are neither disappointing, and even the dialogue does not suck. So what’s wrong with this movie? Why did the critics hate this movie? The answer is that the film is too nice! Unlike X-Men where the bad guys are really bad (even cool), and the main character Wolverine is not nice all the time, Fantastic Four has no dark side. The characters are mostly nice to each other and have good manners, with the occasional clumsiness of The Thing, nothing really happens in this film. Dr. Doom turns evil, but even his transformation could be explained as not being rooted in evil.

This all leads to a final battle, which is really the only battle! and then you realize you have watched an entire movie just to get one real good versus evil fight! Even Spider-man fought the Goblin a few times before he really kicked his ass.

Kids may enjoy this movie, I know my kids did, but older kids and adults may find the Fantastic Four lacking in the action department, and for a comic movie to lack action, is simply unforgivable.

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