JT Film Review

62 – Fantastic Four (2005)

Fantastic Four: Extended Cut REVIEW

2 /5 stars

Director – Tim Story

Cast – Ioan Gruffund, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Julian McMahon



Fantastic Four starts out well. That’s pretty much the best I can say about it.

The beginning had me interested; it was snappy, fun, and was all about the fun and awe that a superhero comic book may have given. Chris Evans perfectly embodied the brash hot shot who becomes the Human Torch, and Michael Chiklis was deserving of our sympathy as The Thing. After that… if you’ve ever wondered what a superhero soap opera would look like, this is it.

The movie focuses on the characters, not action, which in theory is admirable. Too many movies, especially superhero movies, focus on action over content.

However while this movie does have some interesting points, it treats its emotions with cliche and all the subtelty of a sledgehammer. And it’s BORING. This is coming from a guy who puts 2001: A Space Odyssey ( an extremely slow-paced 2 hr 20 min) and Lawrence of Arabia (3.5 hours) as being two of the best movies ever made. How does a movie about a stretchy man, a human flying fireball, an invisible woman, and a troll-like rock of a man end up boring? By helming a superhero movie with the same director as Taxi (Tomatometer of 11%), that’s how.

To put it simply, throughout the whole movie I was dying for an action scene. But when we are served up an action scene or two it is either over too fast, full of bad CG (as in whenever Mr. Fantastic stretches), or just, again, boring.


Fantastic Four tried to do a good thing by focusing on its characters, but in the end its heavy handed treatment of such drags the whole thing down. While its opening is snappy and fun, all energy is quickly lost. Add in a cookie cutter visual design and villian, and this movie is sunk.



“Fantastic Four” on other websites:

IMDB —– Rotten Tomatoes —– Wikipedia



November 10, 2009 - Posted by | 2 Stars, Film Review, Genre - Superhero, Year - 2000-2009 | , , , ,

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