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Fantastic Four (2005)

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Critic Consensus: Marred by goofy attempts at wit, subpar acting, and bland storytelling, Fantastic Four is a mediocre attempt to bring Marvel's oldest hero team to the big screen.

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Marvel's first family of comic superheroes takes the world by storm as the longest running comic book series in history comes to the big screen. Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, who can elongate his body; Susan Storm/Invisible Woman, who not only can become invisible at will but can render other objects invisible; Johnny Storm/Human Torch, who can shoot fire from his finger tips and bend flame; and Ben Grimm/The Thing, a hideously misshapen monster with superhuman strength, together battle the evil Doctor Doom.
Rating:
PG-13 (for sequences of intense action, and some suggestive content)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Written By:
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Box Office:
$154,485,963.00
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Cast

Jessica Alba
as Sue Storm
Chris Evans
as Johnny Storm
Michael Chiklis
as Ben Grimm
Ioan Gruffudd
as Reed Richards
Julian McMahon
as Victor Von Doom
Kerry Washington
as Alicia Masters
Laurie Holden
as Debbie McIlvane
Kevin McNulty
as Jimmy O'Hoolihan
Maria Menounos
as Sexy Nurse
Michael Kopsa
as Ned Cecil
Andrew Airlie
as Compound Doctor
Pascale Hutton
as Nightclub Girlfriend
G. Michael Gray
as Nightclub Boyfriend
David Richmond-Peck
as Gallery Patron
Penelope Corrin
as Bohemian Girl 1
Aonika Laurent
as Bohemian Girl 2
Jason Schombing
as Bridge Business Man
Jason Diablo
as NYPD Bridge Cop 1
Colin Lawrence
as NYPD Bridge Cop 2
Paul Belsito
as NYPD Bridge Cop 3
Deejay Jackson
as Chief Fireman
Morgan Reynolds
as Corvette Redhead
Gina Holden
as LV Receptionist
Donavon Stinson
as X Games Announcer
Douglas Weston
as Victor's Doctor
Tony Alcantar
as Compound Reporter 1
Brenda Crichlow
as Compound Reporter #2
Brenda M. Crichlow
as Compound Reporter 2
Peter Bryant
as Lame Joke Businessman
Lorena Gale
as Old Lady with Car 1
Danielle Dunn-Morris
as Old Lady with Car 2
Nicole Muñoz
as Little Girl
Daniel Bacon
as Bridge Reporter
Bobby Bysouth
as Compound Reporter 3
Bobbi Bysouth
as Compound Reporter #3
Kenny Bartram
as Himself/Cowboy Kenny
Ronnie Renner
as Himself
Brian Deegan
as X Games Rider
Marlaina Mah
as Lusting Model
Tre Verhoeven
as Lusting Model
Juanita Mirehouse
as Lusting Model
Stefanie Singer
as Lusting Model
Little Jamie Watts
as X Games Reporter
Doug Abrahams
as Truck Driver
Ron Chartier
as Hotel Guest
Stan Lee
as Willie Lumpkin
Barbara Christabella
as Girl in Park
Sanja Banic
as Girl in Park
Ed Hodson
as Construction Worker
John Speredakos
as Construction Worker
Preston Peet
as Goth Guy
Steven Fulani Hart
as Newsstand Pedestrian
Bethann Schebece
as Newsstand Pedestrian
Lou Torres
as Cab Driver
Peggy Gormley
as Homeless Woman
Maurice Tyson
as Homeless Guy
Jaimie Mcvittie
as Little Girl on Bridge
Jenni Squair
as Elevator Lady
Lia Salmond
as Elevator Lady
Ellen Ewusie
as Elevator Lady
Ylenia Aurucci
as Elevator Lady
Michelle Kulas
as Elevator Lady
Kate Mullan
as Elevator Lady
Georgia Dewson
as Elevator Lady
Sienna Rose
as Storm's Fan
Hector A. Leguillow
as Newsstand Vendor
Benedict Mulroney
as ETalk Daily CTV
Ben Mulroney
as ETalk Daily CTV Reporter
Terry David Mulligan
as City TV Reporter
Lauren Sanchez
as KCOP/KTTV Reporter
Mark S. Allen
as KMAX-TV (Ind) Sacramento
Jon Brady
as Fox Network News
Sara Edwards
as Comcast Network
Heidi Eng
as KING-TV (NBC) Seattle
Jim Ferguson
as ABC-KGUN 9-TV Tucson
Sam Hallenbeck
as NBC Tampa
Mike Waco
as Fox Network News
Marian Etoile Watson
as UPN 9 - Fox
Richard Ho
as Wizard: The Comics Magazine
Dave Holmes
as Reporter-FX
Andrew Hunsaker
as Yahoo Entertainment
Bonnie Laufer-Krebs
as Tribute TV
Lisa Fuller Magee
as KTVK-TV (Ind) Phoenix
Bret Martin
as Fox 5 - WAGA Atlanta
Liam Mayclem
as KRON-TV (Ind) San Francisco
Scott Patrick
as KUSA-TV (NBC) Denver
Shaheem Reid
as MYV News
Sam Rubin
as KTLA
Maria Salas
as NBC Entertainment Reporter Miami
Devon Soltendieck
as MuchMusic
Patrick Stoner
as WHYY-TV Philadelphia
Leonard Thomas
as Fox 2 Detroit
Anthony Toscano
as Talking Pictures - KJZZ-TV (Ind) Salt Lake City
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Critic Reviews for Fantastic Four

All Critics (204) | Top Critics (40)

Marvel Comics continues to empty out its stable of superheroes with this entertaining tale.

Full Review… | April 25, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Fantastic it most certainly ain't.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A garish mediocrity.

September 26, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

Before the inevitable and surprisingly anticlimactic battle with Doom, we are treated to two extreme-sports demonstrations, several training montages, [and] an ill-advised love triangle.

July 12, 2005
Village Voice
Top Critic

Bland performances throughout. And really, who wants to make Jessica Alba the invisible girl? What a bad idea. I want her to be visible at all times.

July 11, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

It exists largely to entertain and delight, which used to be precisely what summer blockbusters were engineered to do.

Full Review… | July 8, 2005
Salon.com
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Fantastic Four

Not THE Fantastic Four oh no...its simply Fantastic Four here, much cooler. So this is the first major production for the Four after the now cult Roger Corman B-movie effort. Team of clever people head out into space and get hit in the face by an interstellar cloud of space stuff and obtain super powers. Naturally one of them becomes twisted and evil with his new found powers and much fighting ensues, that's it, that's all there is. Thing with this film is everything moves so fast at first. One minute the Four are discussing this space cloud, next they're discussing it with Von Doom, then they're all up in space in this space station, then they get hit by the space cloud and then just as quickly they're all back on Earth. The beginning feels so rushed so they can get to the fun stuff and silly special effects, and boy is there plenty of that. Most of this film really feels like a setup for the inevitable sequel, half the film is basically the team getting to grips with their powers and messing around. Its all a rip off if you ask me, most of the time we only get to see 'Grimm' and 'Johnny' arguing bickering and pranking each other, whilst 'Reed' tries to study their new powers. Alba as Sue Storm does literately nothing accept for flirt with Reed, regurgitate her new nudity/invisibility issue and look absolutely ridiculous with her fake blue contacts and fake blonde hair, she looks like a mutant from the X-Men. The real killer is the fact we don't actually see Doctor Doom anywhere until right at the very end! This film has no villain! its true, the first superhero flick I've seen with no actual antagonist. Then when we do finally get some Doom action its a blink and you'll miss it scenario plus it never feels like Doctor Doom, just the actor McMahon in a plastic mask (what's with the eyebrow makeup on that guy?). The sole bit of action for the most part is a highway pile up on the Brooklyn Bridge which gives the team a chance to flex their new skills in complete CGI glory. I can't really moan about the CGI because its obvious from the outset that the film was gonna be heavy on it, but this doesn't entirely excuse how bad it looks. The only character that looks reasonable is the Human Torch, Mr Fantastic looks anything but fantastic...but his CGI effects sure do look plastic. The Invisible Woman just comes across as bland and completely uninteresting whilst The Thing is so very clearly a stretchy suit. I think its hard to translate this team onto the big screen though in all fairness, they have a more childish vibe about them, their outfits are hard to update...and basically they're just dull all round. There is a very comical light-hearted feel to the film that borders on infantile at times. Now I can't say that's a bad thing because the film does adapt the comicbook atmosphere very well, what else would you expect with characters like this? But at times the film is just embarrassing to watch, there is some really cheesy ultra hammy dialog and gags, dumb visual gags...dare I say pratfall stuff and loads of quickfire quips and one liners. I mean yeah Johnny Storm is suppose to be a good looking cocky mouthy young astronaut but some of his scenes with The Thing are simply excruciating to watch. Does he really need to shout out 'flame on!' to turn into the Human Torch? The whole film looks bad and highly fake, not much better than a TV series...hell the Roger Corman movie isn't far behind really. The performances are weak, there is no bad guy and virtually 90% of the film is about nothing more than origins and tomfoolery, literately padding for the sequel in a crafty money milking operation. On one hand they do admittedly capture the spirit of the comicbook genre with this guff but on the other hand it really is a typically terrible sanitised sterile Hollywood production.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

"Fantastic Four" hits the big screen in style, but sadly that is all it has going for it, as most of it's style overcomes it's substance throughout the film. It feels less of an origin story than most Marvel films, because we do not get much of a backstory and we are placed in the heat of the moment that it is all occurring. I wished that these filmmakers took a bit more time to develop their story and characters, before proceeding the plot. Anyways, the acting is okay, they all play their roles well, the action is fun, the characters are somewhat likable, and the duration is just the right length. As cheesy and lame as this film really is, I still enjoy it.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

It's non-stop, fantastic and exhilarating fun from beginning to end. A spectacular and astonishing movie with a great story and great character development. Ioan Gruffoud, Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis and Chris Evans are fantastic together. Julian McMahon is brilliant. It delivers explosive action, humor and excitement. A great cast. The chemistry between the the four actors is truly brilliant and satisfying. The best superhero movie since X-Men. Fantastic entertainment. A pure-jolting adrenaline rush. Hop on to this awesome and unforgettable ride. It focuses more on the characters and the story than the special effects. Director, Tim Story crafts an excellent and brilliant adaptation which is absolutely fun.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

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