It’s the Fantastic Four.
Four individuals who were born normal people, but after their little trip into space they return as superheroes. They are Mister Fantastic (basically a guy made from elastic rubber), the Invisible woman (who does exactly what her name suggests), the Human Torch (the hottest guy on the planet) and the Thing (a strong beast with a body that literally ‘rocks’).
In their first movie they face a very powerful opponent, named Victor Von Doom. He was also struck by the cosmic wave which gave the Fantastic Four their powers. But unlike them, Doctor Doom – as he likes to call himself – turns to the dark side and slowly succumbs into a very dangerous individual. One who would use his power to suppress the weak and destroy anyone who gets in his way.
What originally started as a physical transformation where patches of his skin turned to some form of steel, Doctor Doom’s real power lies within the fact that he can generate electric fields and even hurl electricity as bolts of pure energy.
Fantastic Four was made before Marvel put his grotesque scheme into play, you know, the one where all superheroes eventually come together in one epic super-battle. This scheme started with Iron Man in 2008, but back in 2005 – when this movie was made – Marvel Studios had no special strategy at play. They were just releasing one superhero movie after another.
Which is why there’ll be a new version of Fantastic Four, one who re-introduces our 4 friends, so as to implement them in Marvel Studios’ outline of interconnected superhero stories. If and when we will see the Fantastic Four join The Avengers is only a question that time will tell …
(right now, we now that the new Fantastic Four was a fiasco … and we’ll probably never seen them again!)
Fantastic Four is a popcorn movie, plain and simple. The story is so simple you can summarize it on a single sheet of toilet paper, but that’s OK. Movies like these are only meant to sit back and relax. There is no need for telling a complex story.
Pity is how there aren’t too many action scenes. It takes quite a while for the team to adjust to their new life style – and where one embraces his powers, the other is trying to uncover its mystery. But even so, Fantastic Four is a very enjoyable ride from end to finish with little or no boring moments.
Most recognizable face on the lot is without a doubt Jessica Alba who stars as the Invisible girl. Not a lot of room here for acting, but she still pulls it off beautifully. Or am I being charmed by those looks again?
Further on the spot you’ll find Michael Chiklis who rose to super-stardom in the world of television for his amazing performance as Vic Mackey in The Shield. He is not nearly as energetic in this movie as he was playing a dirty cop, but seeing him in a different role is satisfying by itself.
Leader of the group is actor Ioan Gruffudd (I’ll give you 10 dollars if you pronounce his name without any stutter) who, just one year earlier stood at the side of King Arthur in the movie with the same name.
He plays Mister Fantastic a.k.a. Mister Rubber Man but – like all four – little room is left for any real acting or realistic interpretation, so he does what he can … and it works!
Last one is the hottest guy of the movie (literally!)
Unknown at the time but on the verge of becoming world famous due to his role of Captain America is Chris Evans – a man who had only enjoyed one real success prior to this movie (Cellular) but who plays his fiery character with so much charm that you wonder why Hollywood didn’t pick up this guy any time sooner.
Did you know?
For most of the shoot, Michael Chiklis was terribly uncomfortable in the hot Thing suit. The final street battle, however, was filmed in Vancouver in December, leaving Chiklis as the only comfortable one of the four (the rest were in the skintight blue uniforms).
Give it to me straight:
Fantastic Four is a marvelous (get it? Marvel …) yet pretty straightforward comic-book interpretation of four heroes taking on one bad guy. The special effects are impressive, yet nothing out of the ordinary. The acting is about as well as you can expect in a popcorn movie, which is to say, some do better than others, but all in all it’s an enjoyable feat. And the story – although childishly linear – does what it’s supposed to do, which is, entertain.
Fantastic Four does not fit into the grand scheme of things Marvel Studios has planned (the new FF might if it succeeds), but that doesn’t take away the simple fact that this movie is a very fun and amusing blockbuster. It would’ve been nice to see a little bit more action. More than half the movie is about our heroes trying to figure out where to go next and since this isn’t an Agatha Christie-mystery, the story could have benefited from a little less talk and a little more walk.
As it stands though, Fantastic Four is a good movie … but hardly ever fantastic!