DNA has been changed"
While studying cosmic phenomena on Victor Von Doom's (McMahon)
space station, scientist Reed Richards' (Gruffudd) miscalculation leads
to Sue Storm (Alba), her brother Johnny Storm (Evans) and Reed's best friend
Ben Grimm (Chiklis) been exposed to a cosmic rays. When they return to Earth,
the four start to exhibit strange new abilities. Reed can now stretch his
body, Sue can become invisible, Johnny can control fire and Ben transforms
into a super strong creature made of rock. As the press and public become
aware of their new powers after they work together to save people involved
in an accident, they become known as 'The Fantastic Four'.
One of biggest comic book series hits the silver screen but
can 'Fantastic Four' be as good as 'Spider-Man', 'Batman Begins' or the
Since 'Blade' made comic book movies viable again after they
were virtually killed off by the old 'Batman' franchise, the genre has been
getting better and better. Now we have respected big name directors and
stars getting involved with these adaptations to produce not only great
comic book movies but films that redefine how big budget commercial blockbusters
should be made. Bryan Singer's 'X-Men' movies, Christopher Nolan's 'Batman
Begins' and Sam Raimi's 'Spider-Man' movies are exceptional pieces of entertainment
that embrace the stories and most importantly the characters, to take you
into the comic book universe. It is a shame that 'Fantastic Four' forgets
about all this.
For a series that lives on larger than life characters to
be so devoid of any kind of development is almost criminal. The script by
Michael France and Mark Frost lacks action and totally misses the mark were
the five major characters are concerned. Mr Fantastic/Reed Richards, played
by Ioan Gruffudd is a dull science geek with absolutely no charisma or leadership
qualities. Sue Storm/Invisible Woman, played by the beautiful Jessica Alba,
does nothing but look pretty and whinge all the time. Victor Von Doom/Dr.
Doom, played by 'Nip/Tuck' actor Julian McMahon, is nothing like his comic
book counterpart and shows no real motivation why he would turn so evil.
The only two main characters that come off well are Ben Grimm/The Thing,
played by 'The Shield' star Michael Chiklis and Johnny Storm/The Human Torch,
played by Chris Evans. They both bring something more to the production,
with Ben Grimm struggling with his new appearance and Johnny Storm the only
one thinking that his new powers are cool. These two are not enough to save
the movie however.
The major falling down point is the story. With only three
action main action sequences in the entire film, you'd be mistaken in thinking
that the rest was given over to character and story development. Instead
we have the Fantastic whingers, with the exception of Johnny Storm, moaning
constantly about having these new abilities and trying to find a way of
getting rid of them. With no scientific explanation of how Reed Richard
who go about this or where he got the money to fund his research, we are
lead to believe that he can recreate the accident in the lab. It is points
like this and the exceptionally bad dialogue that make the movie such a
chore to watch, even for fans of the comic and the cartoon series.
Comic book fans expect more from these adaptations and this
movie is a return to the bad old days. The choice of Tim Story as director,
the man who gave us 'Barbershop' and the awful 'Taxi' remake is probably
the worst decision producer Avi Arad and Marvel Comics have made, as it
is pretty obvious that he can't handle a film of this magnitude. When you
throw in some dodgy visual effects that make the movie look cheap and the
fact that the film was made for a younger audience and not the fans, 'Fantastic
Four' is a decidingly average take on what could have been a fantastic movie.
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1 with Dolby Digital 5.1, the
movie is presented well highlighting the visual effects.
(SINGLE DISC VERSION)
Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis and Ioan Gruffudd come together to talk
about the making of 'Fantastic Four'. The trio (Chris Evans is strangely
missing) provide a chatty and fun commentary. It is clear that they enjoyed
making the film and they reveal many behind the scenes secrets from the
shoot. They talk about the dynamics between the characters, the suits
and the problems with making a movie that is very dependant on special
effects. This is a good commentary from three people who really enjoyed
making the film.
The Fantastic Tour (23.45 mins)
Sue Storm herself, Jessica Alba records a video diary during the worldwide
promotional tour for Fantastic Four. With interviews and fun with Chris
Evans, Julian McMahon, Michael Chiklis and Ioan Gruffudd, we see all the
press junkets, premieres and TV and Radio appearances the four have to
attend as they visit, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, Britain
and the US.
Watch promotional music videos from the 'Fantastic Four' soundtrack including
'Everything Burns' by Ben Moody and Anastacia, 'Come On, Come In' by Velvet
Revolver and a trailer for the Soundtrack CD.
Inside Look (1.50 mins)
Producer Avi Arad talks about the plot of 'X-Men 3', showing some storyboards
from the production. This is extremely disappointing as there is no footage
from the third movie at all.
Previews of 'Perfect Catch', 'Oliver Twist', 'Robots' and 'The Simpsons
As a single disc set, this version of 'Fantastic Four' is a good package
for those who are not really interested in how the movie was made. A collection
music videos and Jessica Alba's video diary add to value and the commentary
track is very good. Fans of the film should buy the extras fill two-disc
very however but for those who are not big fans of extras this is a decent
'Heroes Are Born - The Making Of Fantastic Four': a feature length "making
of" covering each of the main characters and scenes
'The Baxter Building -Declassified': the film's associate producer David
Groder takes us around the art deco home of the Fantastic Four team. He
guides us around the set and describes the key elements, with cutaways
to the movie scenes showing how they appeared on the big screen
Animatic comparison: computer animation side by side with final finished
Deleted scenes that didn't make it to the final cut of the film, including
one where Mr. Fantastic morphs into Wolverine as Sue Storm describes her
'The Making Of Fantastic Four': a fun and fast paced featurette introducing
the franchise and characters, touching upon their powers and the special
'Fantastic Four -Making A Scene': a detailed guide to the creation of
special effects used for a scene in the movie
'Fantastic Four - Casting Session': a collection of audition sessions
involving each of the final cast members shot during pre-production of
Theatrical teaser trailer, Theatrical trailer & TV spots
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