Fantastic Four 2015

Fantastic Four 2015

After a long time, I finally watched Fantastic Four 2015; a movie that before being released, caused tons of negative opinions and memes. It symbolizes the battle between the Marvel Movie Universe and the other Film Companies that have bought rights for Marvel characters when Marvel was in bankrupcy.

Fantastic Four 2015

 

Most of the critics I read were concentrated on the color of the actor doing Johny Storm (The Human Torch) and the poor script of the movie. I have to admit that it’s way easier for the kids (and for the grown-ups) to acknowledge that Sue Storm and Johny Storm are siblings just by watching their ethnicity rather than a much more confusing plot where Dr. Storm (a male black character) adopted Sue as a daughter. But, well, I think overall, Michael B. Jordan is playing an excellent role as the over-confident Johny Storm, perhaps the only superhero in Marvel Universe that loves being a superhero.

Michael B. Jordan as Johny Storm (The Human Torch)
Michael B. Jordan as Johny Storm (The Human Torch)
Kate Mara as Sue Storm (The Invisible Woman)
Kate Mara as Sue Storm (The Invisible Woman)
Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm (The Thing)
Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm (The Thing)
Jamie Bell as Billy Elliot
Billy Elliot before turning into a giant rock hero.

The new Thing is amazing and this time it looks really menacing (Compared to the giant orange puppet of previous F4 movies). For those of you who don’t know, Jamie Bell, alias Billy Elliot, is in charge of being Reed Richard’s incondicional friend. By the way, I’m missing Reed Richard’s white hair but to be honest I think this movie exploits more his reputation as a nerd and one of the world’s top scientists which is more accurate to the comics version. If all of your body can turn into a plastic bubbleball and still you are most known for your brains, that means you´re goddam smart. This is exactly what happens here.

Miles Teller as Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic)
Miles Teller as Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic)

The plot is not really that bad although you won’t be surprised at all for it’s creativity as it is focused (again) on the origins of the superheroes. I liked though that their powers were adquired after their first travel to another dimension known as Planet Zero, but that is a clear reference to the Negative Zone in Marvel Comics. If Marvel was not fighting so much with 20th Century Fox, we could see the Negative Zone on the next Civil Wars movie. (On Comics, the Negative Zone plays a crucial role as the place where they are sending the metahuman prisoners)

This time you won’t have to look for Stan Lee as a Hot Dog vendor or as a janitor as he seems to be part of the people complaining about the movie. Instead you will see Dan Castellana, the original voice of Homer Simpson, as Reed and Ben’s intollerant science professor on their high school.

Dan Castellaneta in Fantastic Four
Dan Castellaneta in Fantastic Four

In overall, the movie lacks action scenes which is really the kind of stuff that appeals to the youngs although when I have read the comics, I’m more amazed by all the non-action ocurring with this fantastic family. But I think this movie was very bad treated by fans, (and by Marvel itself). I’m sure we won’t see many toys or videogames coming from this movie just as we saw with Spiderman 3 or Iron Man 3, but I also think this movie was not as bad as these two were. And speaking about two”, you won’t see in this movie, a glance of Invisible Woman’s Fantastic Two, or tons of jokes about Sue Storm becoming naked by “accident” (I’m not sure if this is good or bad for you)

Jessica Alba, the previous Invisible Woman, had lots of gags to show her fantastic two.
Jessica Alba, the previous Invisible Woman, had lots of gags to show her fantastic two.
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