Fantastic Four Reviews
Ham fisted plot points: Every Movie has a map of plot points, what makes it not feel like a checklist is when there is a good story around it. That way we flow almost seemingly to every point and enjoy the story and it's developments. This just feels like a checklist. Have the 4 be like a family, lets give them previous history that kinda sorta ties them together. Lets do the same with Doom in regards to them knowing him. Check. Get their powers, Check. Have the powers make them look like their comic counterparts, check. And you get the idea. The most ham fisted one was Ben and Reed getting into a fight. Ben never trusted Doom, but suddenly he's friends with him just cuz Doom talked nice to him and give him food? And then he believes the lies Doom tells him about Reed despite him knowing Reed and being his friend long before he met Doom. I mean Come On.
Relying too much on the human side of things: There's hardly super hero stuff, it's more focused on Sue and Reed's relationship and finding a cure. Sure there is a action scene in the beginning, but they were responsible for what happened on the bridge. But somehow they still got famous and people knew what the human torch is a man on fire, despite him not turning into fire in that fight. What we get after that is a nice fun X Games thing with the human torch, alone. You know this movie would've benefited if it had a smaller villain causing trouble. The end is awesome, though it doesn't last long.
The Green Goblin...I mean Dr Doom: Doom is basically being Goblin from Spiderman 2002, only it's not a side effect of the performance inhancers. While it does make sense that he kills his board members after that he's literally an insane man for no reason. Sure Reed screw him over and put him in a bad position with his company, but that's no reason to terrorize the city. Also How come no one notices his scar is getting worse? Or that he's turning metal?
This movie may have been just a check list of plot points but at least it's fun and funny at times. Hell it's even comical when it's trying to be serious. They still behave like a family in this movie, just more dysfunctional and it may have been ham fisted in there but atleast Time Story kinda understood them and tried to do a good job. I used to hate the Johnny Storm moments in this movie when I was 15, but now that Chris is Captain America, it's so funny seeing him play another Marvel character that's almost the complete opposite of Cap. And him showing off his powers is the most we're gonna see after the bridge incident and before the climax.
Back in the 1960's Marvel created many of it's best characters, although they were designed specifically to be the most identifiable thing on the printed page, most had supernatural powers, with some limitations for storytelling purposes, and story arcs meant little to the genre, as the stories were designed to go on, and on, and on. To put it bluntly, comic book characters rarely make great cinema, and when film makers start putting story ideas before franchise marketing, the world will be a better place.