After reading the reviews, and the low ratings, I almost didn’t want to see the new Fantastic 4. But I decided to have a go, mainly because I was pleasantly surprised watching films like The Lone Ranger and John Carter that received equally savage critical beat-downs. Sometimes, of course, the critics do have a point. Continue reading Fantastic 4 Review: “As Soon as it Gets Exciting, it’s Over”
If for any reason (and there have been a few) you’ve been left a little underwhelmed by the media traffic for Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four, we couldn’t really blame you. It’s been no small topic of discussion on this site that elements of the info release on Fans stick that have been very unique and avant garde have also been the most infuriating and debated. Well what we have now is what could be described as the most mainstream trailer for the film, which not only shows pretty much everything we wanted to see, but also justifies the whole journey up until this point.
The Wrap has reported on the new Fantastic Four trailer that came out over the weekend. The highlights? Well we get a peek at Reed Richards doing some stretching, Sue Storm throwing some forcefield shapes, Johnny Storm flaming on, The Thing strutting his stuff, and also a spot of Doom. Wait what? Where has trailer been the last six months? Why are you wasting your time with questions? Just watch it!
Yeah that was definitely worth it. This trailer follows a much more popular pattern of superhero movie trailers – action and plot are favoured over atmosphere and tone. Essentially, Fantastic Four up until this point has based its trailers on a teaser trailer format. But now that we’ve seen this trailer, it explains the flow of media up until this point. Sure, it would have been immense to see this trailer months ago. But would it have been as satisfying to see the Thing in motion if we hadn’t just been shown Jamie Bell for so long? Would we really have cared that Johnny Storm was stretching unless we’d seen everyone else’s powers but his? Would we have been shocked by the sight of Doom if we weren’t dubious of whether or not he’d even look like his normal metallic self?
The way I see it, everyone knows the Fantastic Four. Everyone knows what they can do and what their powers look like and who their nemesis is. So how do you show that to a well fed audience who are used to one-upmanship without them saying “yes… And?”. Simple, you make them think they’re never gonna see it. And then you show them. As a result, everything about this trailer is ten times more intense than it would have been if we saw it first six months ago and had nothing leading up to it and nothing to top it but the film itself.
So yeah, a good trailer.
Fantastic Four is directed by Josh Trank and stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B Jordan and Jamie Bell.
It’s been a slow sort of trickle of information when it comes to Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot. What makes it worse is that a lot of the stills that have been released recently have been missing a crucial element, and that element is a large orange man made of rocks or something. We’ve gotten a fair look at the team as a whole, even getting a nano second or two of footage of them powering up, but when it comes to The Thing played by Jamie Bell, all we’ve got are some shots of him playing baseball and fixing a bike. Not a front facing shot of the team’s grouchy, gravelly mascot in sight. Until now.
Slashfilm has reported on some new stills from the upcoming Fox flick, one of which is a clear, high res shot of Bell’s Thing…probably could have phrased that better. There’s no need to say anymore, not until you’ve had a look. So check the shots out below, courtesy of Slashfilm. The first one is the good one:
Not bad right? The official image has no doubt appeared in response to some photos that leaked online, but either way it’s good to finally get a look at him. The Thing definitely looks at home with the reboot’s alternative aesthetic, and his design is more naturally rocky than the designs from previous films, all of which favoured the scaly approach.
Also, did you check out Miles Teller in the second image? Teller’s Reed Richards is another of the characters that we really haven’t seen powering up. From the looks of the shot, he’s going to be stretched out at any minute! Those should certainly keep us going… You know, for the next few days or so.
Check out Fantastic Four in cinemas on August 7th.
So I never even asked, what did you all think of the Fantastic Four reboot trailer? I didn’t think it was possible for a project mired in so much mystery to polarise audiences even more when it finally released its cheeky two minutes. However, given the direction that director Josh Trank is taking with the comic reboot, that was always going to be the case.
Speaking of Trank’s direction with the film, the director has been poking pin holes in our ballooning curiosity once again. Screenrant reports that Trank has been discussing his reasons for taking the Fantastic family in a more grounded direction. In an interview with Empire, the Chronicle director explained that he was following in the footsteps of Amblin – Steven Spielberg‘s production company. Here’s what he had to say:
“There’s the opportunity to make something that is challenging and tragic and dramatic. The opportunity is right there in the material. We’d rather steer it in that direction as opposed to just embracing a tone that comes right off the page.”
So on loyalty to the canon it’s a hard pass from Trank, but we had a feeling that was the case anyway. Trank goes on to say that his imagining of the film is a “dark Amblin movie.” Writer and producer Simon Kinberg added “There was an Amblin-style approach to the characterization, and to contextualizing everything in a real world.”
So can we expect a Fantastic Four that’s less like it’s Marvel studio predecessors and more like the first cut of Back to the Future without all the jokes? Maybe. It’s more likely that this will be a farewell to silliness that to an extent killed the last Fantastic Four films – which can only be described as logical and hopefully the right choice. This might also be a good indication of the kind of tonal venture DC will be embarking on if they stay in the vein of Man of Steel, which could very well be the case for some of the upcoming adaptations.
In addition to dishin’ on the film’s creative direction, we also got some stills from the film. Are they stills that show the team in action, maybe with a shady closeup of the Thing? Of course not, don’t be silly. The stills are pretty tame as it goes, but they give a good idea of the costume choices for the film, without revealing the more classic costumes which will allegedly appear later in the film. Then there’s Jamie Bell’s picture of him tending to his bike…a classic Thing move!
Anyway, here are the pictures, courtesy of Screenrant:
Hey, it’s not exactly Hulk vs Hulk-buster, but at least it shows Trank is thinking about us. Hopefully we’ll have juicier images closer to the debut, so keep your eyes peeled!
It’s long overdue, but we finally have it. An official trailer for Josh Trank‘s reboot of Fantastic Four has been released courtesy of 20th Century Fox. The film has been under a considerable amount of scrutiny since it wrapped up production six odd months months ago, with rumours of script issues and studio contrition making up only a small percentage of the toxic atmosphere.
But that’s how people tend to get when a film is on marketing lock-down – they get antsy, and sometimes they get mean. But like the pain of childbirth being followed by the memory-wiping euphoria of post-birth (that’s as much as I know about pregnancy), we have our trailer and we’ve forgotten all about how angry we were at Josh Trank. Anywho, let’s have a look at the trailer. Watch out for some revealing silhouettes at 1:35, not to mention Storm vs Storm at 1:19:
Hey, that wasn’t bad at all. There’s definitely still a lot of mystique around this latest incarnation of the first family of Marvel, not to mention more questions than ever. But it’s a start, and a damn good start. If you’d like to get a better idea of what the project’s going to be like, here’s a portion from an interview Trank did with Collider:
“This isn’t like The Avengers. Even when the first Avengers came out, there were four other movies that people were familiar with. The suits and the tone and the look and the feel. So they could release those things or drop them on Twitter. With Simon on the X-Men movies, there were other movies that came before the last X-Men movie so Bryan [Singer] could feel more confident in tweeting teases of what’s to come. But this movie, we really want the audience to have the proper reaction to this material seeing it for the first time. You’ve really got to put your best foot forward. You can’t just leak an image to strike up a conversation. You want people to see something that has thought behind it. And the teaser should do just that. With conversations online, you can’t really control it. In this day and age people have come to expect that artists are going to give everybody information on Twitter about what they’re doing, but not every artist is like that. I’m not really like that. If I was painting a picture I wouldn’t want to take a picture of a single paint stroke. I’d rather show people what it looks like when it’s done.”
It’s fair to say that Trank is a man on a mission, and it’s not an easy mission. Hopefully the Chronicle director can pull it off. Excelsior!
Fantastic Four stars Miles Teller as Reed Richards / Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara as Sue Storm / Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm / Human Torch, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm / The Thing.
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