ByScott C Soden, writer at
Scott C Soden
...easons one might think. I had no problem of tweaking the origins a bit. I even liked how they explained the race differences with Sue and John. That actually added to the character development. My problem is that when they got to the other dimension it all fell apart, as though they forgot to finish and just started winging it. In truth that's where it all fell apart. Reed running away was never explained, no deep conversation between the team to has it out or make amends. A promised Moleman never truly showed up. This movie could blown people's socks off. Instead it goes down as mediocre at best. Fox has the rights to some great characters, but outside of the X-Men they don't seem to grasp them or the spirit in which they were drawn at all. Marvel/ Disney brings intensity and humor. They try to define their heroes as they need to be. Heroes. In the times we live in we are often looking for those larger than life people who challenge us and give us hope. They all have flaws, but most come away feeling pretty good. DC brings us the gritty reality of what it would more than likely be. They show great power and great pain. Death and destruction along with worship and revulsion. This indeed is probably more centered in reality as we truly hate heroes as a people. We don't like it when others who rise up make us feel small. Therefore we tear them down as quickly as we build them up. It's sad, but true. Don't believe me, look into our bookstores and their biographies. Often we try to take those who have risen to legendary status and whittle them down. We make wild claims in an effort to not just re-humanize them, but de-humanize them. Why? Because it's far easier than rising to the challenge they call us to. Unfortunately Fantastic Four misses the mark because of these very issues. It doesn't matter about the color of skin or their origin. All that is fluff. What truly matters is how they develop and rise to the challenge. The first 50 minutes were fairly engaging, maybe a little slow on pace, but not nearly as bad as many make it out to be. However, the second half was rushed, unfocused and in the end, totally destroyed one of comic books greatest villains. Again this is why Reed and the team never gelled at all. The antagonist was in truth a government stooge, not Dr. Doom. They had an incredible opportunity and blew it. Seeing four friends, torn apart by an accident, humanity stripped away, rise to discover that humanity is not in how we look and dress, but in our actions and hearts. It is in doing the right thing regardless. Forgiveness, redemption and eventually triumph of good over evil. That's what comics are about. They are used to bring all sorts of issues to light, but at the very core they are stories that tell us to stop settling for ordinary lives. They challenge us to rise up and be the role models our world desperately longs for. At the end of the day, that's what this movie failed to achieve. People struggle with change, but done well, they can overcome. Give them no reason to enjoy the characters or the story and you will fail every time. Just my opinion though

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