Flash Movie Review: Fantastic Four

One of the quickest ways to bond with another human being is to share an event together. Whether it is an occurrence filled with celebration or tragedy, there is something about being a part of the same occasion that cuts through the preliminary chitchat and creates a quicker path to friendship or possibly something more. One of the first health clubs that hired me to teach aerobics had an all female staff. I always assumed I was hired because of my teaching skills and style, hoping that I did not get the job because I was a novelty. It was a year later when another man was hired on staff. The two of us quickly bonded, sitting near each other during staff meetings and traveling together to fitness conventions. Now do not get me wrong, this was in no shape a battle of the sexes type of thing or a testosterone competition; we just happened to have a similar mindset towards teaching, with the same type of humor. And do you want to know something; we have remained friends all these years. I could share other examples of how people bond but the events may cause you to become sad and I would rather we all try to stay upbeat with tonight’s movie review of this science fiction, action adventure film. Β  Β TELEPORTED to a distant world, the four space travelers returned to earth changed in unusual ways. They would have to learn to work together to overcome their differences if they wanted to save the world from an evil force. Having gone to this viewing with no prior knowledge of the film, my shock and confusion about what I was watching was a surprise to me. With competent actors Miles Teller (Whiplash, That Awkward Moment) as Reed Richards, Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station, That Awkward Moment) as Johnny Storm, Kate Mara (127 Hours, Shooter) as Sue Storm and Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot, King Kong) as Ben Grimm, I was stunned at how poorly they came across on the big screen. The reason started with the script and anyone else involved with this film who was not familiar with what it took to make a superhero movie. The first half of the fim was utterly boring; with no action, no humor or fun surprises. I could not remember a recent time where an entire cast looked like they were sleepwalking through the picture. As for the evil aspect to the story, it was simply dull and did not provide any thrills. The fact that there was no extra scene at the end of the credits spoke volumes about how poorly managed this project was from beginning to end. On the plus side a group of us stopped in the theater lobby after the movie to talk about our similar negative reactions to this super dud.


1 1/2 stars




About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on August 10, 2015, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. From what I’ve heard, its not good. Glad I didn’t see it.

  2. My husband and a dad friend took our combined six kids to see it on Sunday. The dads had read reviews saying it was a reeking turd of a movie but the kids were adamant so they went. Lowest of the low expectations meant they were surprised it was not quite as wretched as they anticipated but both dads agreed it was terrible and the kids were poking holes in it too. When a 6 year old can describe what was wrong with a movie, you know some executives’ heads need to roll. They should have seen Shaun the Sheep which was the alternative.

  3. Ugh, thanks for the heads up. I’m not a big super-hero movie fan to begin with, so your review and commenter’s reviews cements it in that I’ll never see this one.

  4. Thanks for the heads up.

  5. Why can no one ever do a decent Fantastic Four picture? The elements are all there: the Thing, tortured as someone trapped in a monster’s body – as well as the best villain in comics, Doctor Doom. I quite liked the trailer for this one but everyone agrees with you that it is a poor movie. What a shame.

  6. well, its fail movie I’ve heard. I don’t wanna watch it.

  7. Well, my daughter think that without Jessica Alba, it is no fun.
    The kids were disappointed that they were not the original characters at all.
    I have to tell them that the other Fantastic Four are too old for the new movie. LOL πŸ˜›
    But they still want to go with their Dad. πŸ™‚

    • LOL, yes the original four are a bit old for this film and I am sure they are feeling relieved they were not part of it. Thanks for your comments.

      • But still, Jessica stays young, fit & sexy more than ever. hehe …

      • So true. Granted having help with the family and enough money to allow one to work out for hours is a big plus; not that I am hating here, just those with a full time job have a harder time spending hours at the gym. Thanks for the comments again.

      • People always think that the life of the Superstars are rich and fine. But they do work hard for hours torturing themselves to stay fit and stay in good form, and having to force oneself to swallow bitterly unfine diets … Not really a fine life despite the glamour, big houses or mansions, big & fast cars … To have a good life, one has to work hard for it … A lot of pain and sacrifices … Ugh!

      • Yep, there certainly is no easy path to success and hard work I believe makes one appreciate what they have more. Thanks for your views.

      • You are welcome! πŸ˜‰

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