So, this movie follows the dream of Reed Richards who wants to build a teleporter. He says so in Career Day, but his teacher says he has to do a real, reasonable job. As a kid, have you ever done something in school that made a fool of yourself or someone else? I related to him on that note. He and a new friend of his, Ben Grimm, are able to finish the machine he has worked on in his garage because of a part he was trying to get from the Grimm junkyard. It seems to despite a disaster in the suburbs, work. With a toy car. There seems to be another dimension of a planet that a research facility eight years later that has done the same thing Reed and Ben are researching has been trying to enter. What might happen if the originators of the project decide to give it all a test run before all the government paperwork and approval?
Now, after I finished this film, I thought, "That was interesting. I just wish they actually came up with their group name before the end credits. Now, I had hopes as the movie went on that I may end up recommending it. In fact, what made me actually quite hopeful and helped me really enjoy myself was Kate Mara. I instantly fell in love with her on screen; she steals every scene she's in, giving off just the right expression at the right moment. And the special effects are no better nor worse as any other superhero movie these days. And I know I haven't given a review of the 2005 Fantastic Four, but a brief synopsis of what I thought was that it was entertaining enough but didn't spend enough time with the Fantastic Four enjoying themselves and realistically seeing their powers as powers. In both that movie and this movie, a major flaw is that while their abilities may be permanent, it's not like it's a virus that's eating them up. Well, except for Ben Grimm which I guess is always there to darken the atmosphere. And here that conflict is toned down a little bit. But all those elements aren't enough to make a good superhero movie if you don't have a good story. I mean, the villain is kind of non-existent and predictable while simultaneously having an ungraspable conflict.
In short terms, this is a 100 minute movie, but Marvel movies are designed to be longer or at least have more action. There is a fair enough amount of character development around its smart science fiction that almost seems factual to help me admire the movie, but that's just not what Fantastic Four should be all about. A lot of critics are saying that it is an appetizer of a movie and they are right. While it may have its share of special effects and good characters, especially at the start when Reed and Ben meet and try teleportation, I can't imagine anyone cheering after this film. Not at all.