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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".

Plot

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

  1. The movie was only made so 20th Century Fox could hold onto the Fantastic Four film franchise and not lose the rights to Marvel Studios/Disney.
  2. The character design for The Thing is just terrible. The Thing doesn't even wear pants like in his previous incarnations, for some reason.
  3. Poor CGI and special effects.
  4. Poor editing.
  5. Poor acting. The acting has no real direction.
  6. Speaking of poor acting, the cast has no chemistry whatsoever even though this is a film about a family of superheroes. In one scene, when Sue and Johnny Storm do talk to each other it's just relatively brief. Another scene is when Reed and Sue (who are a married couple in the comics) sit down and talk it's not even convincing. The only moment where there is any real chemistry between the four are the Chinese lunch scene even then there not talking to each other.
  7. Very poor grasp of the source material. Dr. Doom is nothing short of a complete, total and utter monster, contrasting his comic characterization gravely. It also takes itself far too seriously, and is very dark, which is a far cry from the comics and even from the previous movies.
  8. Jamie Bell was miscast as The Thing/Ben Grimm.
  9. Even the director, Josh Trank, hated the film.
  10. Slow pacing, the main characters receive their powers within' the first forty minutes.
  11. Michael B. Jordan was a major controversial miscast as Human Torch/Johnny Storm.
  12. Paper thin and underdeveloped characters.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Scenes that clearly show studio-mandated reshoots, be it for trying to clear up\hasten the plot or appearance (i.e. Kate Mara's hair having a different color due to using a wig).
  19. Many scenes that were included in the trailers were deleted in the final cut of the movie. In fact, this film is an infamous example of how studio interference ruins films.
  20. Dull ending.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Good soundtrack.
  2. At least the actors were trying
  3. Thankfully, Fox did the right thing and gave the Fantastic Four film rights (along with the X-Men and Deadpool movie rights) back to Marvel Studios/Disney as part of a deal made on December 14, 2017, when it sold 20th Century Fox. Hopefully, there will be a good film based on "Marvel's First Family".

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