Saturday, August 8, 2015

"Fantastic Four" Stars Are Backpedalling

Josh Trank
It will just be a matter of time before Fox Studios will officially acknowledge that the new "Fantastic Four" movie is a dud, a failure and a wasted opportunity. Numbers have shown that it failed to meet opening day expectation. Only a massive weekend attendance can save it.

Critics are giving it a very cold reception. Calling it a mediocre film would be the nicest thing anybody can say about it after the story line totally failed to capture the relevant essence behind the superhero family.

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 9 percent, based on 93 reviews, with an average rating of 3.3/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Dull and downbeat, this Fantastic Four proves a woefully misguided attempt to translate a classic comic series without the humor, joy, or colorful thrills that made it great." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 26 out of 100, based on 34 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".

Worse, even the stars of the show acknowledge in a not-so direct way that the film stinks. Everyone involved seemed to have been bracing for impact. When Miles Teller (Mr. Fantastic) is using talking points like "These films don't do well with critics," that's a veritable canary in a coal mine.

But no one expected director Josh Trank to do this:

That's the sad thing here. Nobody will never know if Trank's concept would have actually worked, because the studio cut his legs out. Maybe it wouldn't have worked. Maybe it would have squandered the promising setup in the same or similar ways. Maybe Trank would have wound up just as radioactive as he became. But now nobody will never know for sure.

What is knows is that it took approximately zero minutes for the tweet to disappear from Trank's Twitter timeline, but it was too late. Screenshots are forever.

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