Wow!

I knew going into this movie that it had received a bad rap but I was definitely willing to give it the benefit of the doubt and tried to go in without any specific preconceived notions. I had heard that it wasn’t good but I didn’t know specifically what people were complaining about so to me it was very much a clean slate, perhaps even more so as some of the films that have been completely panned had some elements that I actually quite enjoyed – The Green Lantern with Ryan Reynolds being a case in point.

That being said the ending of this film was simply atrocious and while I know I’m perhaps jumping the gun a little bit starting off with that versus covering all of the other elements I’m sure that other reviewers and viewers in general were just as frustrated with the ending as I was and it probably ended up coloring their view of the film too!  However in the interests of fairness, I’ll start from the beginning.

The first half of the film I thought was actually done quite well.  It was interesting, there was a bit of humor and the characters of both Reed and Ben were well introduced along with their longstanding friendship.  While Sue and Johnny were less memorable, their introduction and the whole controversy about the fact that Johnny Storm was black really had no relevance or weight and went fairly smoothly.  However, when Victor was introduced as a brooding twenty-something year-old, well that’s the part of the film that for me anyways, started to stink.

Annihilus
Annihilus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I realize that this movie isn’t based on the standard FF comics but is probably built around one of the Marvel Ultimate Universes or something like that … I’ll need to check and confirm and see if the storyline matches, but I’ll be honest at this time I’ve not bothered doing that … based on this viewing however … I’d have to say that it probably doesn’t as it’s quite atrocious and if it was based on a comic book, well that book shouldn’t have been published either as it just didn’t make any sense at all!

When they went through the portal to I assume the Negative Zone and were imbued with powers, the transfer of power to Sue was just stupid as it was simply a blowback from their return to normal space. However the greatest fault here is probably the transformation of Victor himself! His whole power and abilities upon his return being so magical in focus and scope simply due to his extended exposure to that location, with no bearing on his knowledge and love of science. Pathetic. In fact his whole reason and rationale for attacking made no sense at all … it’s not like Reed and the others forced him to travel through the portal … in some ways it was his idea and while they weren’t able to bring him back he really has no rational justification for attacking!

Doom’s primary strength and usefulness as a villain is that he’s an amalgamation of not just magic but also science. In fact this amalgamation is so strong that in some circles he is at a level similar to some of the gods of the Marvel Universe and in fact has in some books defeated these same gods! In this film however not only didn’t he utilize science at all upon his return, his whole reason for destroying the earth just didn’t make any sense. Logically speaking he would have preferred to be home and perhaps tried to take over the Earth versus canabilizing it to transform the Negative Zone.

The special effects considering the budget spent on this film are a joke. Doom’s look and overall appearance was sadly the worst but unfortunately it wasn’t the only bad thing. In all honesty aside from Mr. Fantastic and his stretching ability in one fight sequence, there wasn’t really anything else likeable. The Thing was OK, but Sue Storm was pretty pathetic … her primary abilities that were shown were the ability to create forcefields and almost no attention was paid to the fact that she can turn invisible. Johnny … well it was just CGI really wasn’t it? It’s been done better than this for a lot less money. All of that being said, though we really need to return to Doom though … my god what were they thinking!!

The sad fact is they actually didn’t really need to use Doom at all in this failure of a film. If they’d wanted to create a new universe to compete against the MCU they could have kept him on in a recurring role and let him gradually grow into the Doom that we really all do know and love while utilizing another villian from the Negative Zone. Initially in fact I thought this was the plan when they shipped the monkey over as he (it?) would have made an excellent Annihilus I thought! I have to be honest when this didn’t happen I was a little bit disappointed – even more so of course when I saw what actually did happen!

It’s quite sad but I unfortunately have to echo the rating of rotten tomato and the score that they’ve given this film which is a real petty as it could’ve been something decent and challenged some of the other films in the MCU bet that’s absolutely not going to be the case now.

Since Micheal B Jordan’s casting announcement as Johnny Storm in Fox’s reboot of the Fantastic Four movies there has been a lot of back and forth about that decision. I personally have a very strong affection for Marvels first family and in all honesty seeing another FF film made not under the Marvel studios banner is really unappealing to me.

I have very little problem with Micheal B Jordan being an African American Johnny Story. It’s a story decision a big story decision and from what it sounds like the director Josh Trank isn’t doing much with it. Nor does it seem like he’s honouring the intent of the original material. Trank’s contention as director has been to make it “gritty and realistic”. What does that really mean when your lead female character’s stunt double can be a reel of fishing line?

Since Johnny Storm was no older 14 and a passenger on an experimental space craft designed by his older sisters much older beau Reed Richards and piloted by his best friend and lovable curmudgeon Ben Grimm. So Reed could not only prove the merits of his space craft that it was also so safe it could carry civilian passengers. Only to be bombastically bombarded with cosmic rays leaving the four forever changed.

From there Johnny Storm’s story is very different a terrified 14 year old boy who can burst into flames has overwhelmingly negative life decisions made for him by the adults in charge of his safety. They become a super hero team with no masks or secret identities and he had no chose in the matter. A boy who’s so terrified of losing control of his powers when he was absolutely terrified of kissing a girl because he was thought he would flame on and incinerate her.

Micheal B Jordan is 28 and a grown man these are exactly the same issues I had when Chris Evans held the role. How is this very adult Johnny Storm honouring the original intent of the character or even making interesting story decisions having him be that much older and with so much less helpless pomp and circumstance to his origin.

When Micheal B Jordan goes on in the media to say things like well this is a story about kids with disabilities and were trying to make it as relate-able as possible. I have a real wait what moment because it doesn’t sound like anyone involved really understands what the story is? If the story wasn’t already relate-able I don’t think it wouldn’t have been published for 54 continuous years now.

His recent commentary in “Why I’m torching the colorline” he seems to be more interested in placing himself into some self-imposed martyrdom then extol the virtues of movie and the character he portrays. He said “To the trolls on the Internet, I want to say: Get your head out of the computer. Go outside and walk around. Look at the people walking next to you. Look at your friends’ friends and who they’re interacting with. And just understand this is the world we live in. It’s okay to like it.”

If you really the colour line to die in Hollywood, stop talking about it. Just make good stories you can’t stop a brush fire by throwing gasoline on it. Morgan Freeman said something very profound and very apt for this situation. The long and the short of it is he said he hates black history month because there is no such thing as black history. I agree last time I checked we were all human beings from Earth despite what theorizes some may have about us gingers.

Make a good movie with a good story after that I truly don’t think anyone will have anything left to complain about after that or be left with a wait what!!??