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This is not just a reaction to the recent spate of Darker and Edgier comic book movies or the reboot I haven't seen and don't plan to. This is an honest and long-held opinion: these movies get way too much hate.
Yes, they spend way too much time trying to chase trends in the genre. Yes, their version of Doom sucks, lacking both the charismatic menace and interesting backstory of his comic counterpart, lack of magical powers aside. And, yes, they are very silly films that generally don't have great climaxes.
But, at the end of the day, that doesn't make them terrible films. They've got a wacky, campy sense of humor to them. All the characters have, over the course of both films, a recognizable arc. Even the worst actors don't give unwatchable performances, and, like everyone else, I must give props to Michael Chiklis's heartfelt and charismatic performance as the Thing.
First as a kid, then as an adult, I, rightly or wrongly, came to associate the Fantastic Four with the campy kind of comic book stories. And that's what this movie is: a story about a bunch of loveable fuck-ups who just want to help and sometimes do. The jokes are usually quite genuinely funny. The sitcom-like antics the cast get up to seem like the kind of thing that would happen in the Fantastic Four media I was familiar with. And while the action isn't groundbreaking, it is at least well-shot and well-lit, welcome virtues in an age when directors seem allergic to putting the camera on a damn tripod and turning on the lights so we can wee what's going on.
No, the story-telling isn't very good, and no, the movies never quite manage to put together a good third act, but they at least all feel like complete films in and of themselves, rather than the clumsy, ham-fisted attempts to ape the Marvel Cinematic Universe everyone seems to engage in these days.
And I really like this interpretation of the characters and their Personality Powers. (Reed is literally spineless, Sue's a wallflower, Ben's a brick, Johnny's a hothead, etc.) It feels very comic-like in the best possible sense. And, unlike the often-static characters from other movie series, whom corporate overlords are always afraid of allowing to change and risk losing sales, they all do develop and grow as people over the course of both films.
I won't pretend these are masterpieces of cinema, but they're exactly the kind of loud fun that the comic films of their time were. Back then, everyone was sick of that kind of thing and hoping for something more serious. In the future, perhaps, films like this one will do the same for modern, darker comic films. But, now and forever... these films will be there as silly, enjoyable bits of fluff. Sometimes, there's nothing wrong with having no ambition other than giving the audience an okay time at the movies.
Fantastic Four isn't the worst movie i ever seen, but it is not good either and here is a couple of reasons.
1: The Superheroes..ironically don't do anything. I mean most of the time, they are just glorified celebrities who mess around with their super powers. I can understand not so much action in an origins film, but I want superheroes actually doing superhero things.
2: While everyone else *with the exception of Michael Chikilis, who does the best from what he is given with* does a passable at best job, Jessica Alba is the worst. She can't really act at all, and it is hard for me to believe her as a scientist.
3: The final battle. The final battle was rather disappointing as well. The battle with Doom feels more like a curb stomp than anything else. When your heroes easily deals with your villain, than the tension isn't there.
If there is a positive in this film, it has to be Michael Chikilis. I think he captures the likeness of a man who considers his transformation as a curse, and is willing to do anything to return to a normal life. It is a shame that his talent was wasted on a boring film.
I would hope that the reboot will be better, but https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAgnQdiZFsQ shows me that It'll probably be worse.
Rights back to Marvel Studios please *Just don't give it to the jokers who made Iron Man 3 and their brilliant idea into ruining what could have been an interesting villain for a lame joke*
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