After working a 14 hour day yesterday, my brain was pretty much dead, thus no blog. Anyways, Sunday I watched a low budget movie that was never released. Yesterday, I watched the big budget movie that did get released. Even though I like comic books and enjoy most of the movies that are based on comic books, I was hesitant about seeing this in theaters. Still, I had caught bits and pieces of it on TV so when I saw a used copy for sale cheap, I decided to pick it up. So on to today’s movie, Fantastic Four (2005).
The plot: Reed Richards, a brilliant scientist who has fallen on hard times, and his friend Ben Grimm have gone to see Victor Von Doom, a former classmate, to fund a mission to study a cosmic storm that will be occurring near the earth. Doom, enjoying being able to show up and humiliate Reed, agrees and introduces his chief genetic researcher, Reed’s ex-girlfriend Sue Storm. With Sue’s brother Johnny piloting the shuttle, the 5 people head up to Dooms orbital station to begin the experiments. However the cosmic storm approaches the station far sooner than Reed calculated and bombards everyone with cosmic radiation. After arriving back on Earth, Reed, Sue, Johnny, and Ben realize that their bodies were altered by the storm and that they now have fantastic abilities. Reed begins building a machine to help turn them back to normal, especially Ben who has been turned into an orange rock-skinned creature. But Doom was also changed by the storm and decides to use his new powers to take out his frustration at losing his company on Reed and the others. The four friends must put aside their differences and team up in order to survive this threat.
The critics were pretty negative about this film, claiming it to be a goofy and mediocre entry into the comic genre of film. This was shown by the 27% rating it received on Rotten Tomatoes, a score that is actually lower than what the unreleased film earned a decade before. Jessica Alba was actually nominated for two Razzies for worst Actress, one for this movie and the other for Into The Blue, but would lose to Jenny McCarthy. However, the audiences still went to see it as it would earn $330 million worldwide, making it a commercial success.
I was hesitant to see this in theaters because the trailers did not make it look good, and I was right. This had some good moments but overall, this is a bad movie. The effects were pretty good for the most part but the acting was terrible. Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis were the best parts of this movie, especially their interactions with each other. That was one aspect that stayed pretty true to the comics. Jessica Alba was terrible and Ioan Gruffudd and Julian McMahon were mediocre at best. For the “first family” of Marvel Comics to be reduced to this was simply tragic.
So if you want to watch a comic book movie, watch something else because this really isn’t worth watching.
Rating: 1 1/2 out of 5