FANTASTIC FOUR early buzz – Updated with official critic reviews

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Fantastic-Four

Out of the 3 major comic book movies being released in 2015, the one that I’m actually most eager to see is Fox’s new Fantastic Four reboot.  With the other superhero entries being Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man, that may seem a little strange, but my eagerness is purely to find out whether all the crazy press the movie received during production – ranging from misguided fanboy hate over casting to reports of director Josh Trank’s alleged tirades – would actually get flipped on their head if the movie actually turns out to be good.

Well according to some folks, that’s actually exactly what has happened as they’ve got to see the movie and loved it. Bleeding Cool first reported on the fact that several early screenings were happening over in Europe and USA, and managed to get some social media reactions from folks in attendance.

Now it must be pointed out that these are just everyday audience members and not film press – the US press only see this movie this afternoon, while we only watch it tomorrow evening – so you should gauge their reactions accordingly. That being said, the general feeling is very positive towards the film that Trank, producer/screenwriter Simon Kinberg and their cast have come up with.

 

We thoroughly enjoyed the #FantasticFour #ATL screening tonight! #advancedscreening #Cinebistro #Marvel #datenight

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Fantastic Four was AWESOME!!! #fantasticfour #atl #screening #media #blogger

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99/100?!! Woah there, Captain Hyperbole! I actually have pretty good expectations of the movie, but let’s not get carried away here! Now I have to reiterate that these are casual moviegoers who just got treated to a free movie (apparently hosted/attended by major hip hop stars like Big Boi and Ludacris), so don’t get put too much stock in their reactions yet as they could just be feeling the buzz from the event more than the movie.

But this is an extremely talented young cast, I really loved Trank’s previous film Chronicle, and I’m actually a huge fan of “Ultimate Fantastic Four”, which this movie is drawing most of its inspiration from, so I’m still going into it cautiously optimistic.

UPDATE: Since writing this article, the first few full reviews for the movie have sprung up online, and they’re not looking good at all. THR calls it “maddeningly lame and unimaginative” while The Wrap declares that director Josh Trank has “assembled a quartet of engaging, charismatic performers and stranded them in a miasma of exposition and set-up that sinks the movie”. Ouch. Variety is a bit less harsh, but still describes it as “not an embarrassment, but an experiment that didn’t gel”.

Fantastic Four stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell and Reg E. Cathey. It releases locally in 2D – not 3D! – next week Friday, 14 August 2015. And to feed your appetite until then, here’s the latest extended trailer, which also features a special appearance by a certain Merc with a Mouth.

Last Updated: August 5, 2015

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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