The Fantastic Four (2015)
Directed by: Josh Trank
Starring: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell
So, Marvel is once again rebooting another one of their superhero films, this time is The Fantastic Four which first made its way to the big screen in 2005 and a sequel in 2007. Admittedly, I am quite excited about this reboot because of its casting of the main four characters. Firstly, you have Miles Teller (Whiplash, The Spectacular Now) as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic who was played by Ioan Gruffudd in the 2005 production. Then there is Kate Mara (been a huge fan of hers ever since The Shooter and Jack & Bobby) playing Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman who was portrayed by Jessica Alba. Followed by Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle, Fruitvale Station) as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch which was played by Chris Evans (the current Captain America). And lastly, Jamie Bell (been a supporter of his career ever since Billy Elliot) who is portraying Ben Grimm/The Thing which was portrayed by Michael Chiklis. I am excited that they have decided to cast such newcomers/rising stars for this film. So, upon checking who the director, writer and producer are, it started making sense. You have Josh Trank as the director who shares a connection with Jordan in Chronicle (2012), and then there’s Simon Kinberg, the writer which links to Bell for the film, Jumper (2008).
So, all in all, rather exciting really. You have a rather new director, Trank who did one film so far, a sci-fi/thriller Chronicle (2012) which was a good film with a rather original storyline. Then you have Kinberg who also wrote Sherlock Holmes (2009), Mr and Mrs Smith (2005), X-Men: First Class (2011), and many more. This is then supported by Matthew Vaughn as the producer who directed X-Men: First Class. So, all in all, we should expect quite a fair amount of humor which would be echo that of the 2005 and 2007 production. There probably will be a good amount of kick-ass action sequences, and perhaps a good twist in the storyline mix with an emotional side to its main characters.
I’m sure there is quite a high expectation for this film, since Marvel had been doing such a great job with its films from The Avengers and its individual superhero films, to X-Men: First Class and its sequel, to the recent Guardians of the Galaxy. So, Marvel films have already created quite a fan following. However, with that said, there is a recent hiccup with one of Marvel’s reboot, The Amazing Spiderman’s sequel, which some fans had deemed it as a rather poorly made film. Moreover, since this reboot of The Fantastic Four was announced, quite a few fans argued against the idea, and others aren’t pleased with the casting. And not to mention, two other Marvel films will be released prior to this one – The Avengers sequel in May, follow by Ant-Man in July. This could have an impact on the reception of this reboot. So, like all films, The Fantastic Four could easily go either way. But, the movie studios have already ordered for a sequel for this reboot which is due for release in 2017.
So, what are your thoughts for this reboot? I’m excited. I would like to see what the cast and crew have installed for the audience, and from the looks of the trailer, it is quite a 50-50 situation at the moment, so hopefully with the next trailer, we could get a better idea of the film.