Fantastic 4, based on characters created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee: a Film Review


Dr. Reed Richards is convinced that his theory of the evolution of life on Earth is the correct one.  Having been triggered millions of years ago by clouds of cosmic energy from space he has studied and calculated when the next such phenomena is going to pass by the planet.  With the help of his best friend, Ben Grimm, he goes to a former MIT classmate of his for funding.

Dr. Victor Von Doom, an equally brilliant but incredibly narcissistic scientist, is the CEO of Von Doom Industries.  He agrees to help Dr. Richards out with the tests, including the use of the Von Doom Industries Space Station.  One condition of the use is that Victor brings on his chief of genetics research, the lovely Sue Storm. 

The group is joined by Johnny Storm, Sue’s younger brother and new astronaut studying under Ben Grimm, when they take to the station.  As they get to the station to set up Reed realizes he has made an error in calculations and the storm is approaching much faster than anticipated leaving Ben stranded on a spacewalk while Sue, Reed and Johnny try to save him.

Back on Earth, having barely survived the cosmic energy cloud, the group finds themselves on the other side of some very bizarre effects, each more different from the last.

What will they do with these new abilities?  Will Dr. Richards be able to find a cure?  And what exactly is going on with Dr. Von Doom who claims that the force field he closed to protect himself did just that?

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Origin Story

-Creator: based on characters created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee

-Length: 106 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (for mild sex and nudity, mild violence and gore, mild profanity, mild alcohol use and smoking, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Julian McMahon, Kerry Washington

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

I don’t know why I remember this and the second film being a lot worse than they actually are.

I was quite impressed with the movie overall.  It did a great job capturing the feel of the Fantastic 4 team.  There are real world problems intermixed with the science and background of the origins of the Fantastic 4.

While it isn’t’ the most spectacular of films it is a good movie overall.  The effects are pretty solid.  The acting is decent and the writing is done fairly well.  There really aren’t any negatives to the movie…other than the fact that I think the newer MCU and Marvel Studios could do an even better job.

But even if it isn’t fantastic… its really fun to see Chris Evans as the cocky Johnny Storm.  And I do think that Ioan Gruffudd was a great choice for Reed Richards.  Really the casting was pretty perfect…even Jessica Alba which isn’t who I would have thought would be a good choice for Sue Storm.

The little moments and trials were lovely too…like the budding relationship between Ben and Alicia.  As well as the ruined relationship between Reed and Sue.  And of course Johnny and all his general insanity.

If you like the nostalgia of the first superhero films that paved the way for later films in both the MCU and the DCEU then you shouldn’t skip this one.  Others sure but the Fantastic 4 duology is pretty solid.


Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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