As you’re no doubt aware, there was a major movie awards ceremony this weekend and Fantastic Four, one of the most talked about genre flicks from last year, won and won big, picking up a slew of trophies including the (not) coveted main prize. A more deserving winner we can’t think of. Also, we had the Oscars.
Of course we’re referring to Saturday night’s Razzies, the anti-Oscars that are now almost as much a part of the cinematic awards season as the main event itself. Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four won three of the night’s Golden Raspberries including Worst Director for Trank, Worst Remake/Rip-Off/Sequel and the main “prize”, Worst Picture. To add insult to injury, it had to share that with Fifty Shades of Grey, which pretty much dominated the evening. Quite right too.
It’s the final ignominy for a film that was universally panned, even before it’s release. It was No.1 in our Worst Nerdy Movies of 2015 countdown and plans for the sequel were quietly and quickly shelved not long after it’s release. And yes, it’s dire and utter piffle to watch but one can’t help but feel a little sorry for Trank who was clearly at the mercy of a studio that did not share his vision and re-shoots and editing that were completely out of his hands. To award the man Worst Director at the end of all this smacks of kicking a bloke whilst he’s down. But that’s fun too:
As bad as this all is for Trank, he shouldn’t be too downhearted. The utter brilliance of his feature debut Chronicle (essentially a Fantastic Four precursor) still makes him a vital and relevant presence and he can also look to another of Saturday night’s recipients for comfort. The all-time Razzie champ for nominations and “wins”, Sylvester Stallone, was awarded the second annual Razzie Redeemer Award, which recognizes past winners who have gone on to produce better work. Stallone didn’t win Best Supporting Actor at this year’s Oscars, but the fact that he was merely nominated should show Trank that this needn’t be the end of his career before it’s barely started.
For a far superior Razzie Worst Picture Double Bill experience, we recommend surfing some porn then watching Chronicle. Fantastic!