Fantastic Four (2005)


Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi


Tim Story


USA | Germany


Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Julian McMahon, Hamish Linklater, Kerry Washington, Laurie Holden, David Parker, Kevin McNulty, Maria Menounos, Michael Kopsa, Stan Lee


After a cosmic radiation exposure, a group of astronauts gain superpowers. Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic (Ioan Gruffudd) can elongate his body; Sue Storm/Invisible Woman (Jessica Alba) can become invisible at will and create force force fields; Johnny Storm/Human Torch (Chris Evans) can control fire; Ben Grimm/The Thing (Michael Chiklis) looks like a rock creature with extraordinary strength. But there is one problem. The journey's sponsor, Victor Von Doom (Julian McMahon) has also been affected and with full power is a danger that needs to be stopped. 


Marvel's first family of comic superheroes hit the film industry, but the result doesn't live up. In fact, "Fantastic Four" ain't fantastic at all. It is boring, mediocre, and though it's actually very true to the comic books, it's very bad considering the brilliant source material.

The film is poorly written by Michael France ("Hulk", yes the bad one) and Mark Frost - maybe he picked the wrong comic books, he should have gone with the X-Men -, it has any climax, it is visually painful - the cosmic exposure scene was so bad I wanted to cry -, and the music is bad as the other things. 

The characters. According to lot of people the main problem is Johnny Storm: he is way too much annoying. Being honest, he really is annoying, still those few laughable moments in the film are actually because of him. Victor Von Doom/Dr. Doom is completely wasted. He is one of the most charming, and complex villains, and he did not deserve to be treated like that. He is barely on the screen, and this affect the character a lot. Maybe a longer running time could have helped his cause. 

I'd like to point out the fact that Jessica Alba wears blue contacts. I know Sue Storm is blue eyed, but then why didn't Julian McMahon wear brown contacts? If that's all about being faithful to the comics, he should have done the same.

The acting. Ioan Gruffudd is a huge disappointment. He manages to fade into the background like he was the Invisible Woman, and his American accent is maybe the worst I've ever heard. Jessica Alba is bad as usual, showing off her small range of facial expressions, repeated over and over and over again. She is unconvincing both as a scientist and as a lover, and her emotions feel faker than Nicki Minaj's booty. Chris Evans acts like a cocky fratboy for the whole time, but maybe that was in the script, how can I know? However, he is pretty funny throughout the film, so I have no big complain. 
Michael Chiklis is a rock, seriously. He does a good job. He is the perfect choice to play the Thing and he proves it. Julian McMahon is truly enjoying himself, and he is great Dr. Doom, but, again, he is barely in the film.


  1. Totally agree with you on this one. And judging by this and Hulk, I am so unbelievably happy he didn't take on X-Men.

    1. Me too. I made a joke about his last name btw

  2. Il problema sta a monte...
    Non si può proprio fare un film sui Fantastici Quattro...

  3. "her emotions feel faker than Nicki Minaj's booty."
    This got me cracked up tho.
    Nice review.

    1. Haha that's the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Jessica Alba's poor acting.