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. (more…)
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Fantastic Four’ is a Different Kind of Superhero Movie – But Still Not a Very Good One
Fantastic Four. I wanted to like it. I really did.
I actually found all the pre-release roller-coaster drama of the production’s ups and downs really intriguing. The idea for the creation of this movie was heavily maligned from the start; according to 20th Century Fox’s deal with Marvel, if they wanted to keep the rights to the FF franchise, then the company has to make a new film featuring the characters every decade or so, or else the rights will revert back to Marvel. Since it’s been eight painful years since the Galactus-bastardizing head-scratcher Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Fox felt obligated to pump another one out. Trust me, however, when I tell you: don’t feel obligated to go see this film.
Is anyone else out there constantly forgetting that Fantastic Four is coming out in less than a month? Yeah, me too. Perhaps that will change with some much needed positive buzz if that ends up coming out of Comic Con later this week (yes, this week!), or maybe the full-court press advertising campaign now getting underway will start to win hearts and minds. Below are two examples. One a straight up TV ad for the movie which you will shortly see during the commercial breaks of your favorite TV shows or local news or sports events. The second is an ad for the FF tie-in at Denny’s – Yes, Denny’s – featuring a character that’s been kept very much underwraps (to litigious extremes) through the movie’s development. (more…)
Just a few weeks ago, we posted a photo of a fan in front of a large marketing display for Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot. The poster revealed the unofficial first frontal image of Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm/Thing. Given that only the characters backside was teased in the trailer, it was a rather odd show of marketing. Like the Studio wasn’t confident enough to show the character in the trailer, and or were working towards giving him a spotlight in a later and larger reveal. Then to have an undramatic reveal on a billboard seemed liked someone in marketing goofed up. I guess we’ll never know the thing with the Thing.
If there was any question on what the character would look like in this new envisioning of Marvels first family of superheroes, Empire released the first official photo of The Thing, along with two other photos that you can check out below. (more…)
Fantastic Four: this movie’s production team has just about done everything they could to alienate fans in the way information, on set pictures, and the often dreaded Social Media reactions were handled during its production. Now that we’re finally seeing some actual footage and getting to hear from director Josh Trank, who has been surprisingly silent during production, many of those on the fence about the movie might at least give it a chance at the box office. The real problem might be: Is it too little too late? (more…)
If you’ve been absolutely anxious about getting another taste of the upcoming new and improved Fantastic Four, let us wet your whistle is four new character-based images, and a new interview with the director. Try to hold back your excitement. Fan interest about this new FF hasn’t seen the fever pitch that’s greeted other comic book-based movie projects lately, even by Rise of the Silver Surfer standards, but the revelation of the trailer last month at least promised a movie with a strong sense of style. Granted that style was lifted wholesale from Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, but it’s style just the same. After such a long wait for any hint about what the film might look like, the trailer was certainly provocative. The below character photos though, not so much. (more…)
No matter how you feel about the Fantastic Four reboot, it’s on its way. If you already have some preconceived notions, however, the fact is that they are simply based on the actors that have been cast as the superhero quartet rather than any substantial information about the movie itself. How can I be so certain? Simple – there has been almost no substantial information regarding the reboot ever since the cast was announced. Sure, there’s been a possible leaked pic here or there, and writer Simon Ginsberg mentioned that it would be more scientific than its FF predecessors but that’s about it. After months of speculation, we may finally be getting some real details about the project. (more…)
After numerous delays and the threat of a Weinstein-supervised trim to appease fly-over state audiences in America, Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer is finally primed to be released into American theaters in its original cut. To hype the film up (and ride on the coattails of star Chris Evans’ recent mega-hit Captain America: The Winter Soldier), The Weinsteins have smartly released a new red-band trailer, highlighting some of the picture’s nastier moments.
It’s the responsibility of any good director to not only make a quality product but – and in terms of fan expectation – to give viewers something they never new they wanted. Rising above predisposed judgements is the goal of any creative. Now, having said that, I think fans of the Fantastic Four franchise will be feeling a little worse for wear upon hearing the quartet of actors that have just been announced for the upcoming reboot. Read on through to see who’ll be playing Marvel Comics first super hero family. (more…)
By far, Snowpiercer is one of the more original movies coming our way this year – hopefully – which is why it’s a downright shame The Weinstein Company and director Bong Joon-ho can’t resolve their differences over the U.S. release. This is especially aggravating when you consider the film released in Bong’s home country, South Korea last fall and to plenty of other, non-English speaking countries after that. And even more so when we’re continuously teased with sweet trailers like this one, (more…)