Saturday, December 12, 2015

Say What?

FANTASTIC FOUR (2015)

Producers: 20th Century Fox, Marvel
Director: Josh Trank
Starring: Miles Teller, Michael Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, and others
Pros: Good VFX, good script
Cons: Poor narrative, boring story, confusing
Rating: ** of 5 (2 of 5)

Another superhero movie, and he cesspool just expands. This coming from someone who actually likes such movies, and who chose it among many others on a 13 hour flight. The fact is, there has been such an explosion of these movies recently that very little though is being put into them by the directors and even the producers - far less thought than the original comic book creators put. And that leads to sloppy movies. Which brings us to Fantastic Four, an origins movie that was best left to the comic books.

Of course, all's not amiss with this movie. The visual effects were good, although with improving technology this is becoming relatively easier and therefore less noteworthy. The script is also surprisingly good, avoiding too much jargon and too much talk, in general. The director does a good job in using that to the movie's benefit. However, the good stuff more or less ends there, because a bad story can only be pushed forward so much by an able director. The plot is confusing and it can become onerous for the audience. That's not a bad thing - Interstellar did just that - but in this case it's asking the audience to understand fake Physics instead of real Physics.

And then there are so many twists and turns, and a needless parallel timeline, that it quickly becomes difficult to remember who does what. A sure sign that a plot is becoming needless is the introduction of characters who don't have a central role to play but get plenty of screen time nonetheless - and that's exactly what happened. So, instead of trying to wrap your head around this, I'd give it a pass. (OTFS)

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