Fantastic Four (stylized as FANT4STIC) is a 2015 reboot of the Fantastic Four film franchise, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. Fantastic Four was panned so hard by critics and audiences, it's even been called "a good candidate for the WORST movie of 2015". It even became one of two winners (the other being Fifty Shades of Grey) of the 2015 Razzie Award for Worst Pictures of the Year. It has since been grouped with the worst movies of all time and one of the worst superhero movies ever made.
The movie suffered from numerous production issues, ranging from director Josh Trank (of Chronicle fame)’s unprofessional behavior on the set to Fox taking over the movie from Trank in an attempt to salvage it via re-shoots. Also, many of the people who worked on the movie, including Trank, have since disowned it. In a deleted Twitter post (written just before the movie’s release), Trank said that "[he] had a fantastic version of [this movie] that would've received great reviews. You‘ll probably never see it though".
Reed Richards (Miles Teller), Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell), Sue Storm (Kate Mara), and Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan), get teleported into another universe which alters them and gives them superpowers. They must use their new abilities to stop Dr. Victor von Doom (Toby Kebell), a former friend turned enemy.
Why It Sucks
- The movie was only made so 20th Century Fox can hold onto the Fantastic Four film franchise and not lose the rights to them from Marvel and it shows!
- The character design for The Thing is just terrible. The Thing doesn't even wear pants like in his previous incarnations, for some reason.
- Poor CGI and special effects.
- Poor editing.
- Poor acting. The actors are, at the very least, trying, but the acting has no real direction.
- Takes itself too seriously, and is very dark, which is a far cry from the comics. Even The Fantastic Four (the unreleased 1994 film), Fantastic Four (the 2005 version), and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (the 2007 sequel to 2005's Fantastic Four), while not perfect movies, at least respected the original comic's cheesy, cosmetic and light hearted tone.
- Relies too much on exposition.
- Very poor grasp of the source material. In the comics, Doctor Doom only used his intellect and technology to fight the Fantastic Four, he didn't have any superpowers. But in this film, Doctor Doom has superpowers.
- Paper thin and underdeveloped characters.
- There is only one action scene in the entire movie, where the Fantastic Four face off against Doctor Doom near the end of the movie, which is absolutely inexcusable for any superhero or action movie. Even Hulk (2003) had more action and That Was AWESOME Compared to This Garbage.
- The storyline suffers from unbelievably poor pacing. The first act progresses so slowly (taking up a huge chunk of the movie’s running time, of which there are 100 minutes) that the second and third acts ended up moving at an incredibly fast pace.
- The story itself is also pretty poor, with several subplots in the first and second acts (like Ben Grimm's rivalry with his older brother, Johnny's connection to being a street racer, the Fantastic Four gripping and dealing with their new found super powers etc.) being forgotten as soon as they are brought up.
- Aspires to become, to quote Trank himself, a "David Cronenberg superhero" movie. It does feature body horror akin to The Fly and stars superpowered people, but fails miserably in combining them.
- No cameo from Stan Lee, unlike other Marvel movies. Apparently Fox didn’t consult him, even though he was available to talk with the production crew. (see "Disrespect with source material")
- Scenes that clearly show studio-mandated reshoots, be it for trying to clear up\hasten the plot (see pacing and exposition above) or appearance (i.e. Kate Mara's hair having a different color due to being a wig).
- Many scenes that were included in the trailers were deleted in the final cut of the movie.
- Josh Trank's career will probably never recover from this disaster. For starters, he's been dropped from the Star Wars anthology series.
- Dr. Doom is nothing short of a complete, total, and utter monster, contrasting his comic characterization gravely.
- Awful ending.
- Good soundtrack.
- The race lift of Johnny Storm actually makes sense.