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The Fantastic Four Review (SPOILER FREE)

Howdy people of the internet and today I’m here to give you a review of a film I’ve been super curious about for AGES, I am of course talking about the 2015 reboot; Fantastic Four. Now this film has been controversial since the beginning, from the casting to the tone of the film to the story and the trailers. It has slowly been changing the minds of many detractors, but since hasn’t wowed a lot of the haters either. So yesterday night Cineworld gave us Unlimited Card holders a chance to see the film before its release on Friday and I couldn’t miss out on it. So is the film good or not? Well read on and find out! Oh and by the way there’s no spoilers so you can read it haha. 😀

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The story for the film can be described as the following:

“When four people teleport to an alternate universe, which alters their physical form and grants them new abilities, they must learn to harness their abilities and work together as a team to save the Earth from the friend turned enemy, Doom.”

The story in this film was decent, but it wasn’t great. This was a film about discovery, power-hungry individuals and tragedy with key themes of family and change. There were some interesting aspects with the early aspects of Reed’s story and life after the team gains their powers, but this film has a lot of familiar story beats and their not really executed in a fancy or unique way. You definitely get the sci-fi/horror vibe that was described by the producer and director (I think that’s who was saying that) and it is was an interesting angle to approach these characters, scenarios and powers, and there’s one point (which I won’t say when) where the film goes kind of hardcore with the horror and its great. However it doesn’t fully commit to those genre influences, however, what’s worse to me was the fact that this film lacked the superhero flair and charisma that is required. And furthermore I feel like the film forsakes the superhero elements for its the sci-fi/horror aspects and rather than making a genre fusion like The Dark Knight, Captain America: The Winter Soldier or the recent Ant-Man that felt different in genre but still had superhero elements, this film just wasn’t able to replicate that as well. In this day and age of superhero films you have to bring your A-game, the bar has been set to a really high standard and you have to deliver the goods if you want to be relevant in this ever-growing sea of comic book adaptations and Fantastic Four by the time it was over felt decent, but nowhere near as epic as it should have been. This is definitely the beginning of more to come, I just wish there had been more done with this first entry.

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As for the cast they do a good job considering the material they are given. Miles Teller as Reed Richards was good, he was smart, empathetic and awkwardly humourous. Kate Mara as Sue Storm was good, I liked how witty and smug she was and she had good banter with Reed too. Michael B. Jordan which most people took issue with because his race did well as Johnny Storm, Johnny was cool, brash, aggressive and humourous. And Jamie Bell was surprisingly good as Ben Grimm especially after he becomes the Thing, he was an enjoyable character and I liked the personality and relationship with Reed. As a whole the cast were decent and there were shades of the comic book personalities in their performances for sure, so there’s that at least.

And then there’s Toby Kebbell as Victor von Doom, this character is probably the most significant change in character from the comic book counterpart, he’s not very enticing character, however after he transforms he’s turned he’s a lot cooler and intimidating. Kebbell started to embody Doom’s personality eventually and he did alright, but Doom is SO much more in the comics and he kind of felt like an afterthought. Reg E. Cathey did a good job as Dr. Franklin Storm, he was the mentor and father of not only Johnny and Sue but sort of to the whole team as well. Tim Blake Nelson as Harvey Elder was your typical military official and he was fine but forgettable and finally it was random to see Dan Castellaneta as Mr. Kenny in the film and he was fun.

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When it comes to the presentation it is good for the most part. Visually the film is good, I liked the use of light, colour and the CGI for the most was very detailed. This film depicted all of the characters powers well especially when it came to Johnny and Sue Storm, the Thing looked good most of the time, but at other points he looked not nearly as good (especially in daylight). As for Reed Richards, well he’s a character who was always gonna have a problem translating to live-action because of his stretching abilities. For the most part the film does Reed justice, but at points the CGI used for his movements looked off and not as polished as the other visual effects. The action sequences were nice but not too memorable. Also the soundtrack by Marco Beltrami and Philip Glass was alright but it wasn’t nearly as impactful or memorable as a film with these kind of characters should be.

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In conclusion this new incarnation of Fantastic Four is alright, but it’s nothing mind-blowing. There are moments that I genuinely enjoyed, the performances were good and the action looked cool, however I feel like the film could have been so much more. The new approach to the story and genre is admirable but I feel like it took away from the usual superhero elements that make these kinds of films enjoyable. This feels like one of those films that people will either not care very much for or try a rip a new asshole, I thought it wasn’t a total disaster but it wasn’t amazing.

Rating: 5/10 (All in all decent, but nothing amazing)

So have you seen Fantastic Four and if so what do you think of it? Did you like it or were you unimpressed? Also how do you think it compares to other comic book films? Whatever your thoughts are drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: The Fantastic Four Trailer #2

Howdy people of the internet and welcome to another trailer review! Well I was having a nice casual day re-watching some Phase 1 Marvel studios films, and during a break I saw on ComicBookMovie.com that there was a second trailer released for The Fantastic Four. Now this film has been under fire from fans for the longest time, but after the first trailer dropped a good few people have changed their tunes about wanting to see this film. So what’s the second trailer like? Well read on and find out.

Check out the trailer below:

So my immediate thoughts after seeing this teaser? Well, I’m conflicted. On one hand the additional footage looks very intrigued and promising, while other parts left me not as impressed or as hopeful. But overall it is certainly making me interested in the film more so than before.

Now for this review I’m going to keep my thoughts as brief as possible since not too much has transpired in this trailer to make me go into full-on analytical mode, but I will highlight certain things that worth noting.

Firstly let’s talk briefly about the trailer as it does the following things:

  1. It establishes that there will be humour in the film (which I believe is necessary considering that these people will not only have to become a family, but also because humour is pretty much part of Johnny Storm’s persona)
  2. We get a little more background into the characters and their early interacts
  3. It is also made known that Sue is the adopted child in the Storm family AND that her father is the man behind the research that leads the team’s eventual journey
  4. These characters will travel to an alternate dimension/world (I know that was technically already known, but this trailer confirms it visually and verbally)
  5. The Thing is on display A LOT
  6. The powers of the characters are seen more so than before

The first trailer basically sets up a bit more of the story with us finding out that Johnny and Sue’s father has been researching into something to help understand and potentially safe the world. He’s been at it for a while, some people (probably the government) have been giving him a lot of money for the research and want answers, but it is due to Reed Richards’ intellect Dr. Storm and company have been able to take the one step further. The early appearances and interactions between the main four characters is interesting as it tells us what their personalities are and how they may butt head later on. It also looks like once these guys travel over to the other dimension, they are changed and it doesn’t look like the aftermath is good. These lot are on operating tables, showing off their powers in weird and violent ways, like a horrible transformation.

What I like about this trailer is the humour, that means the film isn’t all doom and gloom (thank god), the CGI for the most part looks very detailed, clean and has a strong art direction too especially for the other dimension stuff. I like how Sue Storm seems to be wearing something that looks very in line with the comic book costumes. Oh and the use of their powers is pretty cool with Reed stretching, Sue and her force fields and Johnny on fire and flying.

My only nitpicks are:

  1. Dr. Doom, we only get a glimpse of him and yet it looks so odd, like he has a melted metal face. I know changes need to be made and maybe the film will justify it with the plot, but for now I would have preferred the standard mask (for all it’s problems I actually like the look of the old Doom from the 2005 film, yeah I said it).
  2. The Thing, wow. Now I saw the images of The Thing released beforehand and he’s definitely taken a more detailed and more realistic approach, but seeing it in action is a totally different thing. At certain angles he looks kind of cool, but at other he looks hella ugly. I mean maybe he is meant to look bad to emphasise the horror of his transformation, but still he’s not that hard to ruin, and now I’m thinking I may actually like the big old orange version from the 2005 film (again, I’m saying it because I’m not afraid of the hateful comments!)

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In conclusion the second trailer for The Fantastic Four is pretty interesting, but I can’t say I’m totally sold on this film yet. There are things that I liked, but there are also things that I didn’t like or just left me wondering why such things are happening. That is not to say that I won’t watch the film, it certainly looks like it at least deserves a watch and if they get the core elements of the characters and mythos right then I shall forgive all of the radical changes in a heartbeat.

So have you seen the second trailer for The Fantastic Four and if so what do you think of it? And are you more or less interested in seeing the film than you were before? Whatever your thoughts are drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2015 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Fantastic Four Teaser Trailer Review – FINALLY!

Well the teaser trailer for the comic book film that’s been shrouded in secrecy for the longest time; The Fantastic Four has FINALLY dropped today and I finally get to talk about it.

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Check out the trailer below:

So my immediate thoughts after seeing this teaser? Not bad, this film, it has my interest. Now while it didn’t do anything to blow me away, it did paint a picture that I want to see more of. This trailer pretty much is here to give you an idea of what to expect in terms of the atmosphere and style of the film. This looks very different from the old FF films and possibly any of the recent comic book films that we’ve seen.

At first we get a very standard (and a bit generic) voice over that talks about humans’ need to build and invent and furthering those ideas on the younger generation, and obviously there’s talk of risks and sacrifice. So this guy’s monologue is a way of summarizing the outline of what the future holds for the heroes of this film. All while he is talking we see shots of a lab, Reed walking around, Ben playing baseball, Johnny fixing a car and Sue on a computer. There is a montage around two-thirds of the way in where the more interesting shots come in like Sue looking sad holding Johnny, an explosion in the city, Johnny flaming on in a hallway, what looks to be Dr. Doom dispatching some guards with electricity and Johnny’s fire against Sue’s invisibility force field. And that final shot of the four heroes together looking at that crazy light/portal thing in the sky looks menacing and flashy.

What I do like about this trailer is the tone. It feels very serious, realistic and falls in line very much with Days of Future Past or The Amazing Spider-Man. It seems like this will be one of those superhero films that is less comic book styled and more like an action drama with superhero elements thrown in.

So from what I can understand it seems like Reed, Sue, Johnny and Ben are all doing their own thing, possibly looks like they volunteer for some science experiment that goes wrong and then they all gain superpowers.

I like the look of this film, the special effects look pretty clean and the scope of the film (again like The Amazing Spider-Man) looks huge, not only in terms of locations, but the way this film is shot has so much wide and establishing shots of various locations. I’m also like the effects used for Johnny’s fire and The Thing’s rock form that looks more realistic than before.

My only concern is how much they will change from the comics, but even more so than that, how serious the film will be. I like dark and gritty films, but after the Christopher Nolan Batman films I was ready for something a little lighter. Guardians of the Galaxy was hella fun and showed that you could have a comic book film that didn’t need to be all moody, but instead could a balance between humour and action. I don’t want FF the dark edition, hopefully there is some fun to be found in this film.

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In conclusion the teaser trailer for The Fantastic Four is pretty good, it gives you just enough footage to give you an idea of what’s going on, but doesn’t overdo it with footage or spoil specific story details (SONY TAKE NOTE). I am now intrigued by this film, it may not be the FF that I remember, but I’m going to give this film a chance.

So ladies and gents what do you think of the teaser trailer for The Fantastic Four? Are you down with this more realistic approach or do you want something more in line with the comics? Whatever your thoughts are drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2015 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Apparently The Cast For The Fantastic Four Have Been Confirmed!

Howdy ladies and gents, time for an important news update in the world of comic book films. For the longest time now I and a number of fans have been worried about the upcoming Fantastic Four film set to come out in 2015. At first it was great when Josh Trank was signed on to direct, been the casting rumours started, the internet set ablaze with controversy spreading left right and center and with the recent story synopsis rumours floating around, that hasn’t done anything to dampen the fire.

Now according to some sources 20th Century Fox have confirmed the cast for the film and the end result has confirmed our worst nightmares.

The following news story comes from the ever-reliable superherohype:

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Twentieth Century Fox has cast Marvel’s First Family! Jamie Bell, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Miles Teller are Josh Trank’s The Fantastic Four. TheWrap broke the news, confirming months of rumors surrounding the involvement of Jordan, Mara and Teller and were the first to name Jamie Bell as the studio’s choice for Ben Grimm, aka The Thing. Bell seems to be the only one without an official offer on the table, but it is very much expected that he will be confirmed by the studio shortly.

Teller will play Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic), Mara will be Sue Storm (The Invisible Woman), Jordan is set to play Johnny Storm (The Human Torch) and Bell (likely through motion-capture) would be Ben Grimm (The Thing). Previous reports have suggested that Trank’s iteration of the story also involves Dr. Victor Von Doom, so expect more casting on The Fantastic Four very soon.

Filming on The Fantastic Four is expected to begin in Baton Rouge this March. Josh Trank will direct the big screen adaptation, which is currently set for release on June 19, 2015​.”

Jesus Christ. Where to begin. You know how you have that sneaking suspicion in your mind that you about bad things before they happen, well that was my feeling about the casting for this film. I woke up this morning to see this official news story and to be honest I kind of flipped out. It seems like the casting for comic book films is getting more and more bizarre in the last 3 years. I think film studios are actually doing this on purpose to get a rise out of the fans. I mean look at Warner Bros. and their casting on Man of Steel 2, first the internet blew up about Ben Affleck, then Gal Gadot and just recently Jesse Eisenberg. Now 20th Century Fox are playing the same game and to be honest if they wanted to get attention, they bloody well accomplished that job.

Okay let’s talk about this casting a little bit. In a way I had a feeling that some of these people would be cast, mainly Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller. From all the casting rumours surrounding them I could only assume that they’d been chosen already. Jordan has been talked about for this role for around a year and since no one else was in the running I feared the worst and now it has come true. Now I love Jordan as an actor, he’s great, but him as the Johnny Storm is just so random. Miles Teller, I never seen any of his work as far as I know and he doesn’t really have the look of a Reed Richards. And Jamie Bell, another good another good actor, but not sure if he fits the profile for Ben Grimm. The only person I’m down with is Kate Mara, she seems like a capable actress to take on Sue Storm.

The main reason why this bugs me so much is because of the radical changes going on. Why do the FF team seem so young? Why did have to change the race of one of the main characters? What is the thought process behind these kinds of decisions?

Now I am all for change in the world of comic book film adaptations, it has been happening a lot in the last 6 years, but for me there has to be a reason why these changes are being made and I don’t see it. Are the public that bored with seeing average-aged actors portraying comic book characters? Is Johnny Storm that dull of a character that we have to change his race to make him relevant? Or is someone gonna give me the argument that “Oh we live in 2014, times are different let’s embrace change.” To that I say bullshit. If something wasn’t broken to begin with why change it up now? It baffles me to no end.

I hate to rant so heavily because I’m not a massive comic book purist, that being said there is a magic and sense of wonder to seeing great adaptations of your favourite childhood characters getting their own live-action film and if that adaptation blows, it hurts. I don’t want this film to suck, I actually want an amazing film, but this casting has really bothered me. This film is gonna have to do something incredible to win me over and if it does succeed I will gladly take back anything I said about it. RoboCop proved me wrong, the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is shifting my opinion too, so there may be hope. But as of right now I’m not down for this.

Now I open the floor to you, what do you think of this news? Are you down with the casting or are you disappointed. Also do you agree with my opinion or do you think I’m dead wrong, comment below yo.

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Films, Media, Rant

 

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Filth Review

Howdy people, time for another film review and today’s review will be on a film I only found out about just two weeks ago, Filth. The trailer looked awesome, I am a James McAvoy fan and I was down for this film. However I watched Mark Kermode’s review of the film and that made me cautious of what I was gonna see, then as I was buying my film ticket the man asked me for my age (which never happens ever), so if that wasn’t an indication that something was freaky about the film then I don’t know what is. Anyways time to review this film!

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So the story in the film involves Bruce Robertson, a very questionable individual and corrupt policeman. He’s in line for a promotion and will go to any lengths to get whether it involves lying, cheating or some other kind of dodgy form of activities. However behind the scenes he has some demons from his past that start to expose themselves and as the story progresses Bruce starts to unravel, he gets lost in his own lies, drugs and psychological madness and the weight of the world starts to cave in on him.

The themes covered in the film involve drug use, porn, prostitution, racism and corruption within the police force among other things. I thought the story in the film was pretty interesting from the start with James McAvoy being this awesome central character who is a bit of a douche but has a brilliantly calculated mind. However once we start to learn more about him and how he operates around other people and what his past really involved, that’s when the film really starts to change from a strange but interesting drama to some crazy psychologically messed up stuff. The film definitely jumps into Trainspotting and Sexy Beast, but then it becomes even more freakish than that and goes into Requiem for a Dream territory. After that there’s some seriously messed up stuff that goes down yo, I won’t say but I’d say be prepared for some thought-provoking stuff.

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When it comes to the characters I think the cast are all pretty good, however there is obviously one stand-put performance and that comes from James McAvoy as Bruce Robertson. Now I have only really been a fan of McAvoy since X-Men: First Class, but ever since then he has proved time and again that he is a capable and versatile actor and in this film he delivers probably the best performance of his career. McAvoy is funny, sly, creepy, aggressive and vulnerable. He’s just so incredibly versatile and he carries this film with his stellar acting talent. I also liked Eddie Marsan as Bladesey, his character is a good friend of Bruce but he’s such a tender soul who is very nice but a little lacking in confidence. This was one of Marsden softer roles for me but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The rest of the cast is good which include: Imogen Poots as Amanda Drummond, Jamie Bell as Ray Lennox, Joanne Froggatt as Mary and Shirley Henderson as Bunty. But my other favourite person in this film was Jim Broadbent as Dr Rossi, his role in this film was very good, hilarious and over-the-top but I found his segments in the film to be incredibly enjoyable.

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In conclusion Filth I have to say that was an experience. That film was fucking intense, in that Sexy Beast/Requiem for a Dream kind of intense. James McAvoy was incredible and while I enjoyed in the film, I can say that it left me kind of shook up yo. I dunno if it because if it’s just me, but this was a bit hard to watch and I don’t know if I could ever revisit it. If you’re a fan of Trainspotting or psychologically crazy films then check this one out, however be away that in gets a bit freaky at points.

Rating: 8/10 (A really good film, but it a bit too foul and extreme for my liking)

So now I have to ask you the public, what did you think of Filth? Did you enjoy it or were you disappoint or may be even disgusted? Whatever your thoughts drop them below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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