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Fantastic Four
Review written on: October 16th, 2005

Fantastic Four Review

I’ve never liked comic books. And occasionally I end up hating movies made from comic books. However, this time I wasn’t too upset over this comic book turned movie. Given, the idea of the “fantastic four” would make it seem like the whole movie would have been more Superman-esque. Saving the innocent, and helping the unfortunate, etc. But that wasn’t the case here.

After the four members of the “team” were infected by this pseudo-virus, they spent the whole movie trying to figure out how to reverse it, and get back to normal. Which in itself, is fine. But that’s not what I wanted to see. I wanted more explosions, more fights, more saving of inncocents. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a decent share of all of those things. I just expected more from a movie that was so highly anticipated, and expensive to make.

The cast was good in their roles. Ioan Gruffudd (Reed Richards), Jessica Alba (Sue Storm), Chris Evans (Johnny Storm) and Michael Chiklis (Ben Grimm) were the four major roles, playing the good guys. While Julian McMahon did his damndest to incorporate every trait that we love from his role on “Nip/Tuck”, into the evil character of Victor Von Doom. I suppose it’s tough to put forth an award winning performance for a movie based on a comic book, so I can’t hold it against any of them, that I don’t think they should get any awards.

Same goes for the screenplay writing. Though Stan Lee is a comic book legend, I’m sure his final say on the screenplay made it suck less than it could have. I’m not sure how true to the comics this movie stays, as I’ve said, I never really liked comics. So that I can’t tell you, for sure. If you’re a comic buff, and this movie’s way off track, you’ve got every right to be mad as hell. I’m sure I would be, if I cared about comics.

Overall, it wasn’t a bad movie. Was sort of a let down, but not a huge one. I’m glad I saw it, but it’s safe to say, this one’s definitely one for your Netflix queue.

 

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