Despite all the hate and the negative expectations this reboot had received, the new Fantastic Four is here, and is now open in theaters. So far, how does it do? Did it live up to the many terrible expectations? Or did the new team of quad superheroes ended up proving them all wrong?
According to Comic Book Movie, reactions about the movie after its first early screening were shockingly mostly positive. A number of people who were given the chance to see the movie prior to its public theatrical release went to Twitter and revealed how “awesome” the movie was, and how it “should surprise all the haters”.
Early reactions also revealed that the movie featured two different looks for Doctor Doom, and that the team will be getting their traditional blue costumes at some point.
However, when the wave of reviews from critics came in after its theatrical release, such was not the case.
Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter thinks that rather than being a Fantastic Four, it ended up being more of an Unfuntastic Four. “Fantastic Four feels like a 100-minute trailer for a movie that never happens,” he said. He added that this new attempt at a reboot ended up being “maddeningly lame and unimaginative.”
Brain Lowry of Variety also shared a similar opinion, calling the entirety of the movie a “protracted teaser for a more exciting follow-up that, depending on whether audiences warm to this relatively low-key approach, might never happen.”
Meanwhile, Mark Harrison of Den of Geek! thought that the racial diversity in The Human Torch went well, but it did not save the movie from being too far from a crowd-pleaser. “The controversial casting yields strong results, particularly in the cases of Michael B Jordan and Toby Kebbell, and it’s really nothing like any other screen version of the source material. But on the flip side, it’s not a big crowd-pleaser and, in a market where Ant-Man is still playing, fans and casual viewers alike may find themselves disinclined to come back for the next instalment.”
Fantastic Four stars Miles teller as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara as Sue Storm/Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/Human Torch, and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm/The Thing, among others.