So I watched Fantastic Four last night. Thanks to media embargoes, you’re going to have to wait until next week to read my full review, but I will give you a little teaser: I really liked some stuff and really didn’t like some other stuff. Now that might not be much of a revelation, seeing as how most of us tend to feel that way about the majority of movies. But with Fantastic Four the difference in quality, tone and thematic realization between the good stuff and the bad is so vast and dramatically jarring that you would swear you’re watching two different movies made by two completely separate entities. And that’s because it apparently was.
As the movie hits US cinema screens today on the backs of an overwhelmingly negative critical drubbing, director Josh Trank took to Twitter to seemingly distance himself from the movie we saw, implying that Fox meddled with his cut of the film to produce the uneven mess we have now. He then backpedalled and deleted the tweet almost immediately, but the internet always remembers! (via Variety)
And you know what? I completely and utterly believe him. The portions that I enjoyed feel exactly like the type of movie that would come from the guy who made the great Chronicle. They’re not perfect, by a long shot, but imply the existence of a solid, entertaining flick that would certainly have washed out the crappy taste of the previous two Fantastic Four films. Guess we’re going to have to live with that crappiness even longer though.
Fantastic Four opens locally next week on Friday 14 August.
Last Updated: August 7, 2015