Everything About The “Fantastic Four”

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It’s been a pretty tough week for the famous Marvel superheroes team, “Fantastic Four,” and its newest reboot by Twentieth Century Fox –which also owns the rights of this team-. According to BoxOffice.com, the film is heading to an ordinary theatrical run as the movie raised a poorly $26.2 million on its opening weekend.

This was a measly amount in comparison to “Mission: Impossible, Rogue Nation,” which has reached the top at the box office on its second consecutive week, raising an approximated of $29.4 million, according to Exhibitor Relations.

The “Fantastic Four” reboot have been screened around 4,000 screens, raising $45 million, according to Box Office Mojo. This must also count the horrible reviews that the movie has been receiving, which has made the movie earned a 9% rating on the website Rotten Tomatoes.

Now, things have worsened for “Fantastic Four” film director Josh Trank, who tweeted and deleted on Thursday night that the bad reviews are fault from the film’s studio.

Here’s the awful tweet:

josh trank tweet

The director’s comments alongside the poor reviews and the horrid word of mouth might be leading to the movie’s poor screening.

Josh Trank blames the studio for the bad reviews

On Thursday night, Josh Trank (“Fantastic Four” director) took Twitter to blame 20th Century Fox, for the film’s horrid reviews.

Though Trank deleted the tweet some time after publishing it, Variety took a screenshot of it while the tweet was online.

Also, critics have crushed the movie; with its poor rating on Rotten Tomatoes has turned the lowest rating this summer so far if you take in consideration that “Pixels,” which has been also awfully hated, got an 18% rating on the online and trusted movie measurement.

One of the reactions toward the movie includes advertisements like JoBlo’s Movie Emporium’s: “…this is like a generic TV pilot for a show you wouldn’t want to watch….” Another one, from The Hollywood Reporter, which published, “‘Fantastic Four’ feels like a 100-minute trailer for a movie that never happens.”

The movie has been the victim of bad press and also it has become the latest controversy since its announcement. The film has been crushed by the Internet due to the casting choice, and also about a rumor around Trank for being violent on set, a probable cause of why he didn’t get the possibility of being the director of a “Star Wars” spin-off.

More Critics

For what can be seen, things are not going to get better the attempt to reboot for the amazing Marvel’s superhero teams.

The 20th Century Fox production has young Hollywood talent, which includes Miles Teller (as Reed Richards), Kate Mara (Sue Storm), Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm), and Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm, aka The Thing).

Though the movie had an appealing look, the film has been dealing with a huge controversy since its announcement. At the beginning, fans were angry about the casting choice of Michael B. Jordan, an African-American actor who plays the character of Johnny Storm, who was initially white in the comics.

The erratic behavior of Trank on set is also followed by the rumors of a 11th hour reshoots. Things that might be forgotten if the movie were good, but the reviews are not showing a good panorama for the film.

Let’s check some of the “Fantastic Four” critics:

Though the beginning of the film is promising, then everything goes down hill.

According to Time Out London, “the first 45 minutes or so, ‘Fantastic Four’ is actually a lot of fun.”


Also, Forbes says that the movie was “a mess” plus “the halfway decent first 45 minutes or so giving way to a stupefyingly generic and wrongheaded superhero origin story.”

It’s difficult to forget the fact that the actors must be teenagers.

“We flash-forward seven years to a high school science fair (we’re supposed to believe, I guess, that the characters in this movie are 17-18 years old even though the average age of the actors is 29)…” report Screen Crush.

The film’s ending is only a CGI disappoint.

“Flashes of freshness are utterly M.I.A. in ‘Fantastic Four’s final act, which is where its human drama is preempted by stagey, CGI-addled superhero posturing,” explains The Daily Beast.

“The special effects are often lousy in ‘Fantastic Four,’ with poorly rendered CGI backdrops that make the fact that the actors are all standing on a soundstage all the more apparent, and this is particularly glaring during the climax,” according to The Playlist.

As a whole, the film is bad.

According to the Miami Herald, “’Fantastic Four’ is a synthetic bum-out, an assembly-line product, a movie a group of people made just because they could.”

JoBlo’s Movie Emporium writes that the movie feels “…like a generic TV pilot for a show you wouldn’t want to watch….”

“‘Fantastic Four’ feels like a 100-minute trailer for a movie that never happens,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Cesar Pinto

Cesar Pinto

Filmmaker and Writer from Venezuela.