The first reviews for 20th Century Fox's' upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot directed by Josh Trank and starring Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell have arrived--and unsurprisingly, critics find the film, to put it nicely, not good.
All three reviews have the same biggest complaint: the movie gets going just as it ends. Todd McCarthy from the Hollywood Reporter called the film "a 100-minute trailer for a movie that never happens" and -- similar to complaints to Sony's "Amazing Spider-Man" reboot -- said the film fails to bring something new to an origin tale fans have already seen. Variety's Brian Lowry also pointed out that the film felt like a preview for a possibly much better sequel, ultimately calling the film "not an embarrassment, but an experiment that didn't gel." Lastly, Alonso Duralde of the Wrap said "It's one thing for a movie to leave you wanting a sequel and quite another to make you wish you were watching that sequel instead."
So, where does that leave fans? It seems the basic problem is that film suffers from "been there, done that" syndrome. We've seen the origin of the FF already, so what's this new film have to offer? For one, it seems critics do enjoy performances by the main cast -- which is to be expected considering the caliber of talent. And the last 10 minutes seem to really excel in regards to action and excitement.
However, at the end of the day, just because critics don't like a film doesn't mean viewers won't (and vice versa). A film doesn't have to necessarily be perfect or have a deeper, dramatic meaning about the human condition in order to be enjoyable.
Judge for yourself when "Fantastic Four" arrives in theaters this Friday.