Fant4stic Four already had a lot against it.
When the standard consumer wonders why a film series is getting rebooted, you’d probably start rethinking about your game plan from there. Instead we receive a film that feels very laboured in background politics, uncertain creative choices and acts that are as sporadic as the heroes powers.
Retelling the story once more of a group of young adults who are imbued with cosmic energies, Fanta4stic Four throws actors Miles Teller, Jamie Bell, Kate Mara and Michael B. Jordan into the respective roles of Reed Richards, Ben Grimm, Sue Storm and Johnny Storm. Tasked with trying to make something of the retelling, which for the most part tells a tale closer to that of the previous attempts, the film loses itself in flat dialogue and lack of conviction.
Richards as always is the protagonist who wishes to push the boundaries of science, and is joined by Victor Von Doom (Toby Kebbell) in a manner that makes his untimely turn as the “Big Bad” more believable, the movie finds itself falling apart in-between plot points trying to intersect with one another in way that’s “gritty” and “real”; elements given impetus after the success of Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. This makes the film all the more laughable considering the success that the Marvel Movie Universe has had with films which ride as close to the comics universe as they can, while this universe loses itself in dull blues and greens.
With a third act that surprisingly closes the film in an exciting manner, it’s unfortunate that Mr. Fantastic’s elastic powers couldn’t wrap around the story to give it more cohesion. The film had potential with some nice action and wonderful actors, but it fails to live up to it’s moniker in a way that would make Dr. Doom disappointed enough to simply say: “You know what…I give up.”
Failing to make itself fantastic, Fant4stic Four takes its potential and simply allows itself to disperse instead of generating something worth watching.