Fantastic Four Reviews
Vor allem liebe ich die Comics aus dem Hause Marvel und DC.
Aber was frühere Produktionen von Marvel geleistet haben, dürfen sie sich nicht rühmen. Da haben nicht nur Daredevil und Elektra schlecht abgeschnitten, sondern auch dieser Film.
Wie man schon von dem Titel herausfiltern kann, müssen ja die Fantastic Four, fantastisch sein. Leider ist alles zur Mangelware verkommen. Sicherlich versuchen die Darsteller alles solide zu gestalten und machen nicht einmal schlechte Arbeit.
Aber die Geschichte ist so etwas von dünn und viel zu einfach abgedreht. Viel zu wenig Tiefgang, das Ganze. Auch gegen den charismatischen Bösewichten Victor Doom ist völlig unspektakulär. Dabei macht Doom in den Marvel Comics, manchen Helden das Leben schwer. Am besten haben mir in diesem Film Chris Evans und Jennifer Alba gefallen. Wenn man denkt, dass Jahre später Evans noch einmal zu den Marvels zurückkehrt und dabei noch eine sehr gute Figur macht. Als den Titelhelden Captain America. Alba sieht hier gut aus und macht eine gute Figur. Sie sieht man Jahre später leider nur in einem schwarz/weiss Comic von Frank Miller wieder: Sin City.
Fazit: Schade eigentlich, dass man hier nur Durchschnittsware geliefert hat. Aus dieser Heldentruppe, könnte man eine viel bessere Story machen!
In the days before Christopher Nolan took over Batman and "Marvel Cinematic Universe" was a thing that was said, comic/superhero movies had a playbook so simple that even the romcom playbook was jealous.
It starts with a hero that is either interesting or charismatic and can express two or more emotions, although the cooler his or her power is, the less their personal character matters. The leader of the F4 is Reed Richards, a science nerd. His power is that he's elastic, and yet he's played by a pine board with a quizzical face drawn on it, or as IMDb calls it, "Ioan Gruffudd." Jessica Alba plays Sue Storm, and manages sometimes to correctly emote frustration that people thinks she'd look good naked if she wasn't so invisible. Michael Chiklis turns into the Thing, a rock-man that is sad that it's a rock; while Chris Evans does all that is asked of him, which is to look like an athletic, pretty teenager and act like he is a teenager who knows he's athletic and pretty. In fact, the only talented acting, the only character with any depth and any pathos, is done by The Thing during a seven minute tangent. And when I say it's done by The Thing, I mean the CGI animation, not Michael Chiklis (a talented actor with little do to here). Grade: D.
The second part of the playbook, in an origin movie, is showing how the heroes got their powers, and how they are transformed. In F4, four people who already qualify to be astronauts fail to raise their shields too quickly and are hit with star dust. Their response is not inner turmoil, ensuring their secret identities, or really trying to reverse the process. They skip ahead pretty quickly to posing for magazine covers. Grade: F.
The final part of the playbook is the development of an archenemy to our hero, who has a need for something the hero is an obstacle to, so that they can oppose each other in a massive final fight se quence. The villain here, Viktor von Doom, is BFFs with the astronaut team, doesn't go to space, and then somehow...kinda gets jealous and turns himself to metal for no particular reason so he can dominate the world??? Even the Transformer movies had a nominal MacGuffin. Even The Green Lantern had a more colorable villain story. Grade: FU, audience.
There's something fundamentally problematic in splitting your hero cache between four uninteresting people with but one interesting power between them. Fantastic Four is the second of three awful movies to bear that name, and hopefully Marvel Studios will consign the franchise to the dustbin of history where it belongs. This particular iteration, however, is noteworthy for the studio's utter lack of interest in casting talented, film-experienced leads or requiring them to have character traits for such a big-budget production, for how infuriating the weak action and nonsensical plot was, and for how, in spite of the infuriation, the whole film just creates an underwhelming sense of blah. Some awful films are at least noteworthy or interesting for the way that they are awful; some even develop a cult following or get picked up in film school. Fantastic Four is not any of these things. It is merely a stain on human creativity, one which should not be viewed by anyone, ever.