"A year ago I had a fantastic version of this. It would have received great reviews. You'll probably never see it. That's reality though."
This was a tweet sent by director Josh Trank after the release and downpour of hatred for the reboot of the fantastic 4. As the blame was pushed onto him he claimed that he had very little involvement in the final version of the movie and that what he had created was ripped apart. From the guy who did Chronicle it was hard to see the link between the two films and how the quality can differ and why.
When I started to read the first few reviews that came out upon release I was shocked at how negative they all were. I tried to set it aside and go in open minded in hope that I'd disagree at least on some level and come out feeling I got my moneys worth.
For roughly the past month I've been going to the cinema pretty often and with that, means I've been seeing a ton of trailers. The one movie I was particularly hacked off at was Fantastic 4 as I felt like every time I saw a film I saw a new trailer. By the time it came to go watch the film I felt I already knew the whole plot. Turns out there wasn't much plot to know. What I thought would be the first half hour of the movie turned out to be the first half and what I thought would be a climactic battle between Doom and our heroes, set across the city and the alternate world turned out to be a measly 10 minute boring action sequence.
This is an origin story. A story about the transformation from wreckless teens and whizzkid geniuses to a group of heroes simply wanting to make a difference. And in that sense the movie accomplishes just that. Go in expecting a city spanning brawl between the infamous Doom and the Fantastic 4, and a grounded , darker version of the previous installments and you'll be horribly disappointed. On the other hand, go in expecting a story that focuses on the friendship between the 4 protagonists and a film with no real threat until the last quarter then you might just leave satisfied. Think of the battle with Doom not as a world saving, amazing memorable battle, and instead as the first time the Fantastic 4 come together as one and realise they're stronger together. Again this is an origin story, except unlike most superhero origin film structure (normal character/s - gain powers - fight bad guy - fail - final battle - epilogue) the whole film is the origin not just the bit they get their powers. This is the story not of how they saved the world, but how they became the Fantastic 4 instead of going separate ways.
I do believe it would have been much better if FOX hadn't touched it and let Trank do his thing, but considering how much stuff they changed I'm just glad it wasn't a structural mess. Apart from that battle and how underused the actors ability's were it really isn't as bad as people make it out to be. If you go watch the trailer you can see how well over half the shit in all the trailers isn't in the final version of the movie. Even one of the posters is them standing in the city that has been destroyed after a battle between Doom. In the film Doom doesn't even leave the building.
So in short, at least give it a shot. If you don't like it, fair enough. But just know that if they make a second one it will be bad ass. Heck, we haven't even seen how the outside world will react to the team and there's still plenty of storylines to choose from that can restore peoples faith in the franchise. And maybe FOX will give more free reign to the next director and stop being such dicks. That is all.