Fantastic Four

Jays Rating:

Marvel reboots the story of the oldest team of super heroes in the history of comics in the action sci-fi film, Fantastic Four. This new story begins with genius Reed Richards (Miles Teller) and his friend, junkyard worker, Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell) teaming up to build a teleportation device for a science fair. When they teleport an object and it comes back, Dr. Franklin Storm (Reg E. Caehey) invites Reed to join the Baxter foundation to build a larger teleportation device. NASA is about to step in and possibly use the device, when Reed, Ben, and three other young scientists named Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan), Sue Storm (Kate Marrow) and Victor Von Doom (Toby Keddell) quickly use the device to teleport themselves to Planet Zero. Unfortunately, the trip alters the five young people’s physical forms and Reed, Ben, Sue, and Johnny have some issues with their disabilities and abilities. When Victor comes back he is also transformed, but he is mentally unstable and goes on a rampage. Now Reed aka Mr. Fantastic, Sue aka The Invisible Girl, Johnny aka The Torch and Ben aka The Thing, have to team up to stop Victor aka Dr. Doom before he destroys the world. I was interested to see if the modifications to the Fantastic Four story line would help or hurt this movie. Although the changes with the characters and story didn’t really hurt, they also didn’t help. Of course things like a slow start, no humor and very little action didn’t help either. The film had some great character development but it took almost an hour before we saw any physical changes to the characters. (Yes, I know I can’t see them but their attitudes change.) That may be okay but the movie is only an hour and a half long leaving about ten minutes at the end for the Fantastic Four to fight Dr Doom. This does excite me for the sequel and yes, there will be some kind of sequel and we shouldn’t need any more character development. By the way, the Fantastic Four should be crossing with the X-men at some point in the future for some real super hero action. All the lead actors did a good job, but there wasn’t any real chemistry between them and that will be needed in the future when they become a team. This may not be the greatest super hero film but it’s a good sci-fi movie and I’m giving it a C+ rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA