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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Fantastic Fiasco...


I haven't seen the Fantastic Four (or Fant4stic) and never really had any intention of going to the cinema to see it, anyway.

These days I tend to only make the effort to see the Marvel Studios movies on the silver screen (oh, and probably some little art house effort called The Force Awakens around Christmas time), so this was always going to be a home video purchase.

Because I'm a bit of a completist when it comes to superhero films (and I love, and have a long history with, the comic book Fantastic Four), I have pre-ordered the Blu-Ray even though the the release date has been bumped back from the end of this year to the end of next year (the actual price of the disc has almost halved since I clicked pre-order on Amazon).

I suspect this is just a 'holding date' anyway, and the film will turn up on my doorstep somewhere between those two dates.

As you are all aware by now, Josh Trank's take on the Fantastic Four was met with an avalanche of truly awful reviews and, according to the BBC, the film has officially 'flopped' at the American box office.

Hypable is reporting that audience reaction to the film has also hit a record low, for a superhero movie, netting itself worse feedback than Catwoman, Batman and Robin or Superman IV: The Quest For Peace.

That being said, I'd like to point out that two of my online friends have seen this latest Fantastic Four and given it the thumbs up.

Cal from Calvin's Cave Of Canadian Cool said: "It was a crackling science fiction adventure that took everything I know about the characters I love and put just enough of a twist on the tale to give it a real world believability".

And Tim at Gothridge Manor described it as "a fun summer movie" and added that you just needed to "check your expectations at the door and sit back have fun".

Guess I'll be waiting for the Blu-Ray to turn up before I can make my decision.

4 comments:

  1. I wasn't a fan, but I saw the preview in theaters and it didn't look like a bad take on Ultimate FF. Like you, I probably wasn't going to see it in theaters either so we'll see what its like when it hits my TV.

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    1. The trailers certainly make the inciting incident of their 'origin story' look as though it's taken from the Ultimate Fantastic Four run.

      I was never quite as sold on Ultimate FF as I have been - since I first picked up a comic aged around eight and read about about the FF fighting Doctor Doom - on the originals.

      It's such a pity that everyone else making superhero movies is so desperate to NOT be Marvel Studios that they think we want grimdark nitty-gritty.

      The only mainstream, non-Marvel Studios franchise that stands up well is Bryan Singer's X-Men (barring X-Men 3, which wasn't him anyway), which have also grasped the fun and levity of the genre, even when telling potentially dark stories.

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    2. Sadly, it isn't just a case of the movie people thinking that. My favorite comics are the fun comics and those are few and far between these days as well.

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