Marvel’s Fantastic Four is not as fantastic as the title would have moviegoers believe. The movie has been receiving its share of lukewarm reviews leading up to its release, but that hasn’t stopped fans from seeing the release of Fantastic Four on Thursday night.
Marvel’s recent superhero reboot hits theaters this weekend. So far, movie critics have given Fantastic Four the worst reviews and ratings since Batman & Robin, which is pretty bad. The film’s Rotten Tomatoes score is a pitiful nine percent, which is even less than 2005’s Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
That makes 2015’s reboot the second worst movie of the summer, if not the entire year. That’s because there are two things wrong with this movie: Marvel fans don’t like Fox’s reboot of the Fantastic Four franchise, and DC fans revolt against any film based on Marvel characters, which makes sense.
After the trailer for the Suicide Squad was released last month, both Marvel and DC fans were excited about its 2016 release. Now that Fantastic Four has taken over the spotlight with its heavy promotion, it has received its share of poor reviews and negative responses from the media. It also has fans planning out their Halloween costumes as they check out online stores such as PureCostumes.com.
According to Angela Watercutter of Wired, there were only 13 minutes in the film that were actually enjoyable. She notes that you will lose 87 minutes of your life — and your money. It doesn’t help that the film is as boring as it is cheesy, according to writer Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune.
“Well, it’s a choice. A boring one, but a choice. The film, genuinely listless as directed and co-written by Josh Trank in a style to be named later, showcases the revised origin story of the Marvel Comics quartet, basing its storyline on the 2004 ‘Ultimate Fantastic Four’ books. This is a mere eight years after ‘Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer’ came and went.”
There are still some who are calling the movie an “acceptable reboot,” since it was made on a big budget and is still expected to have a strong opening weekend. In addition, the global markets will also account for the film’s opening weekend this time around.
Fantastic Four still opened to a solid $2.7 million in 2,900 locations on Thursday night. Despite all the criticism and negative reviews, Fox’s film is still expected to hit the top of the box office charts at upwards of $40 million.
The movie, which was made with a $120 million budget, stars Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Michael B. Jordan, and Miles Teller, who also received his share of criticism after an Esquire reporter ripped him apart in an upcoming profile piece. Both Teller and his Fantastic Four co-stars have taken to social media to defend the actor.
In fact, all the promotion for the movie was quite awkward. Steven J. Rickman of Rock 100.5 Morning Show made inappropriate comments about race, Mara’s shorter hairstyle, and feet. You can check out the video of the awkward interview below.
Will all the controversy surrounding Fantastic Four make fans want to check it out? Do you want to check out Fox’s version of the classic Marvel superheroes? Share your thoughts below in the comment section.
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