Fantastic Four has to go down as one of the poorest entries in the list of recent Marvel films. Viewers that thrilled to the recent big screen outings for Ant-Man and The Avengers are going to be somewhat disappointed when they go and see this rather insipid entry in the superhero catalogue.

Long on story line and short on action Fantastic Four seems to take forever to get started and when it does the actions over in the blink of an eye. Whereas Ant-Man, Thor, Captain America etc. set up the origin story pretty much in the first third of the film, Fantastic Four's storyline is all origin.

The story begins, so we are told, by way of an onscreen caption, eight years in the past, where geeky 12 year old schoolboy Reed Richards is building a teleportation device with his best friend, Ben Grimm.

The story then moves forward to the present day where Reed (Miles Teller) is asked to help out at a research laboratory where Dr Franklin Storm (Reg E Cathy) is trying to design a teleportation machine of his own.

At the lab Reed meets up with Storms daughter Sue (Kate Mara), his son Johnny (Michael B Jordan) and the not to be trusted Victor Von Doom (Toby Kebbell).

After the team mange to get the machine working things take a disastrous turn when Reed after a drinking session suggests to Von Doom and Johnny Storm that they should try out the machine, Reed not wanting to leave out his best friend also invites along Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell). The four then teleport themselves to another dimension where after returning they find that they've each been blessed , or cursed depending on how you look at it, with different superpowers.

Reed is able to stretch his body like elastic, Johnny is able to manipulate fire, Ben is transformed into a super-strong rock man and Victor, the only one that doesn't make it back, finds that he has amazing powers of telepathy. Not to be left out of the superhero party Sue is caught up in the blast as the teleportation machine blows up and she is given the power of invisibly.

Having so much back story makes Fantastic Four feel like one long trailer for things that are to come. Cinema goers looking for more action and less storyline will hope that the sequel, that's already apparently been greenlit, will deliver as this entry in the list of superhero films has to go down as something of a disappointment.




Fantastic Four (12A)

1hr 40min

starring: Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell


UK Release: Thursday 6th August 2015


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