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Fantastic Four (2005) -- Starring Jessica Alba and Chris Evans

Dec 15, 2005
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Pros:Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis

Cons:not enough action, bad dialogue, too slow in developing

The Bottom Line: This was a below average film that could have used a lot more work on the script and less money on the advertising.


Fantastic Four

Released in 2005

Directed By Tim Story

Main Cast:

Ioan Gruffudd as Reed Richards
Jessica Alba as Sue Storm
Chris Evans as Johnny Storm
Michael Chiklis as Ben Grimm
Julian McMahon as Victor Von Doom


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Well it took years and years for the production of a Fantastic Four movie to finally hit theaters. The ideas had bounced around for years, and finally technology caught up to the point where they could pull off showing the characters in a fashion that would bring action rather than laughter. Special effects have come a long way, and it's a good thing, because they were really one of the main selling points of the film. Being something developed from comic books, there was going to need to be a lot of explaining about the concept of the characters, and how they developed into who they are now. For that, it often takes a large amount of time in the first movie to showcase their special attributes, and develop their personalities for the audience. With films like Batman Begins, X-Men, and Spiderman, you have a blueprint for what works. But somewhere along the way, Fantastic Four kind of lost site of one of the most important elements of the development stage, and that is to keep the back-story interesting while everyone is finding their roles.

For $100 million dollars, I expected more to come out of this film, but I think it ended up going into making the characters seem more exciting, rather than giving us something to behold visually. Yes, there were a couple of sequences that keep your attention, and make you say wow, but you also don't want to be able to single them out from the rest of the film. When you are forced to do that, the movie loses something. Now the story itself is about Reed Richards and Ben Grimm, who want to go up into space and study a phenomenon that will occur regarding an energy wave passing through space. After being turned down by NASA, they approach Victor Von Doom in the hopes that he will let them use his company's space station. Owning a space station shows up front just how powerful that Doom is at the time, and also provides us a glimpse at how much money he has. Working for Doom now is Reed's Ex played by Jessica Alba. Granting Reed's request to go up, he requires that he take along Sue Storm (Alba) and her brother Johnny, as well as Doom himself when the wave is expected to hit. The wave is supposed to provide insight to a huge energy source, and being able to study it up close could provide a lot of new information to the studies that Reed and his partner are conducting.

Needless to say, something goes wrong in the space station, and the wave hits far before it is expected to. Not only that, it is more powerful and causes the 5 people on the station to start going through some changes at the genetic level. Each of them start to develop different problems, which in some cases can be seen as "super powers." One can harness electricity, one can move and stretch like rubber, one has complete control of fire at will, one can turn invisible and create forcefields, and the last turns into a 700 pound man made of rock. They all have problems adjusting to their new selves, and it is a while before any of them has a handle on exactly what their bodies can do now. The unfortunate part is that Doom (you should have seen this coming from his name) turns evil when his corporation starts to struggle, and he wants to take it out on Reed who must be the cause of it all. That leads to the first rivalry of the other 4 characters, who soon become known as the Fantastic Four. From there the movie is about showing off what each character can do, and developing the evilness of Doom in everything that he does.

Due to the development of the characters, Fantastic Four gets really slow at parts, and you find yourself wondering when the next action sequence is going to happen. With characters like these at the base of the story, it is an expectation that action will happen. When the movie fails to deliver upon that promise it seems to drag at times, and at other time it attempts to fill the extra space with dialogue that just didn't work for the actors playing the parts. Chris Evans was very interesting as "The Torch", and Michael Chiklis was as good as I have seen him, but it seemed like Jessica Alba was just out of place in her role. She is one of the hot commodities in movies right now, but I really didn't see her in this role, and I don't think she really pulled it off. Also, Julian McMahon (you know him from Nip/Tuck) just didn't seem all that believable as the villain of the movie, and I couldn't buy him being evil. Bad yes, but not bad enough to do what this character was capable of. In short I really didn't think that the Fantastic Four movie succeeded in being a great action movie. It was sub-par in most aspects, but one thing that could help the franchise with, is that everything boring is out of the way now. If they make a sequel now, they can go right into the action, and provide some new bad-guys for the team to fight against. I will be there to see it if it comes out, but as far as this one goes, I don't recommend seeing it unless you really need a super-hero, comic-book film fix.




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