Rating: 2.5 Stars
The following review contains spoilers.
Brilliant scientist Reed Richards decides to take his best friend, the daughter of the woman he boarded with when he was in college, and said daughter’s younger brother into outer space on an experimental shuttle. Surprisingly, there are complications. After being exposed to cosmic rays, they crash-land on Earth, and soon discover the four of them have all developed fantastic powers.
As a comics fan, there’s just something nice about a movie staying relatively faithful to the comics, even if the movie itself isn’t spectacular. Even the slightly creepy relationship between 20-something Reed and the 12-year-old Sue Storm is from the comics.
The Fantastic Four costumes look good, and Dr. Doom looks really cool. The animation on The Thing’s face is impressive.
The Thing says “It’s clobberin’ time!” a bunch.
Its earnest B-movie-ness is kind of charming.
It is a B-movie, and it definitely feels like a B-movie. The plot is rushed and doesn’t always make sense, the acting is cheesy, and the special effects are very cheap (though endearingly so, I would say, like when Reed’s crazy arm is waving goodbye at the end).
Dr. Doom is unintelligible. You can’t hear a thing he says through the mask. Why couldn’t they re-record his lines and dub them over?
The Jeweler and his band of weirdos is a drag. Why be so faithful to the Fantastic Four comics in every other respect and then invent this worthless goon?
Maybe a nitpick, but Alicia and Ben fall in love absurdly quickly.