Fantastic Four DVD Reviews

DVD Review by Jon E Clist

The Premise
FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel's original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

The Review
So it is kind of weird that a creative source such as Marvel would end up having their film cinematic outings separated over several major film studios. Especially there days when they actually have their own studio with Disney. With the previous Fantastic Four outings, Fox has shown they struggle with the super hero genre at times. It is interesting to note that the year they started production on this edition was the final chance to retain the rights. It's a use it or lose it kind of thing and there is always danger of pushing out something under par in order to get something out before a deadline.

So first let me say that I have sat on this review for nearly a week to check how the film sits post viewing. Over the years there have been films that directly after viewing I either didn't have a positive feeling about or perhaps even no strong feelings either way. Then after it had time to percolate within the elements began to fit better and the overall feel grew in a more positive manner. So yes, I have sat on this for a week in the hope that it would grow on me.

With a score of just 9% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes this has been a film that has been Universally slammed around the world. In general, I enjoyed this film and visually it has been crafted rather well. However there are some key cinematic elements that are missing or at best completely poorly formed. One part is that of the plot, while this film has moments of a good story, it certainly felt as though this was just an introduction to a larger overall story. While so much more of the story felt like background as characters were introduced but not developed into a well rounded characters. For example Victor von Doom as played by Toby Kebell, while the earlier moments showed parts of his character that would lead to his mega maniacal nature that would come through in his transition to villain, yet this extremely talented actor was never really let go to really develop the role.

The same could be said of Miles Teller and Jamie Bell. Not enough has been done to truly draw you into the characters and the emotional side of their plight. However that being said, this is a stunning film that shows just how far technology has come since the previous Fantastic Four films were released. The CGI effects used to show Reid Richard stretching his limbs. In fact all of the Fantastic Four were well put together visually and hence as images of superheroes, this film is rather good, keen if not as a standalone story. In the trailer for the film we heard this idea that as individuals they were a mess but as a team they could become a powerful weapon, yet the story didn't really have the space to show them really coming together as a team.

The Verdict
A great visual experience that has been held firmly in the starting blocks due to a real lack of concise, or cohesive storyline.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 9th December 2015
Rating: M
Duration: 100 minutes 
Genre:  Sci-Fi
Starring: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebell & Michael B. Jordan
Director: Josh Trank (Chronicle)

The Extras
Michael B. Jordan ran into Chris Evans, who initially played Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four (2005) and its sequel, at an industry event. According to Jordan, they ended up talking about the role and Evans told him, "Man, I can't give you anything. You're great, you're awesome. Just do your thing. And enjoy it. It's gonna be fun."

When Susan is tracking a signal, there is an IP address on a screen: "23.21.190.125". This will lead to online articles for Latveria, Dr. Doom's homeland.

May exist in the same universe as the "X-Men" franchise.

For the first time, the Thing will be created in computer-generated imagery rather than through prosthetics and make-up.

This is the second Marvel film for both Tim Blake Nelson and Kate Mara, who had both appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film series: Nelson had appeared in The Incredible Hulk (2008) and Mara had appeared in Iron Man 2 (2010).

This film was made so Fox could keep the film rights for the Fantasic Four. Fox waited the full 7 years they had, before going into production. Any longer, and Fox would have lost the film rights.

Josh Trank made the Storm family of mixed ethnicities to represent his view of 21st century families: "I have a mixed family. When I go home for Christmas, you'll see white people and black people; that's normal to me."


Michael B. Jordan was Josh Trank's first choice to play Johnny Storm.