Remake is not so ‘Fantastic’.


Estefany Nunez, Entertainment Editor

A fan of superhero comics is pretty familiar with all the characters, rights and which studios own what.

For example, 20th Century Fox owns the right to the Deadpool, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and anyone affiliated with those characters while Marvel and Disney hold the rights to every other Marvel character such as Iron Man, the Hulk, Captain America and so on and so on. Hence them never crossing over even though they’re all Marvel characters.

Reboots of classic comics are usually made in order to recycle the rights of certain characters, like with what happened with “Spider-Man.” Sony owns the rights to the beloved Spider-Man since they’ve bought them in 1999, bringing us the “Spider-Man” trilogy in the early 2000’s. The thing is you can only hold onto your character for so long without doing anything before you get your rights taken away. Hence a decade later, there was a new reboot of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man in “The Amazing Spider-Man” series.

Now, a decade after the original flop they’re doing the same with the “Fantastic Four.”

When 20th Century Fox announced they were rebooting the “Fantastic Four”, I was excited, hoping to see more diversity, more in depth characters, and in overall, a better script.

Especially with the ensemble of great actors (Jamie Bell, Kate Mara, Michael B Jordan, Miles Teller) as the main four, I had hope.

I expected something better than the last poor films but I was very disappointed. After all, remakes are suppose to modernize classics but never really do succeed.

I wanted to desperately like the new relaunch. Prior to the movie, there was a lot of backlash about Jordan being casted as Johnny Storm, who in the comics and the movies before, is a white male with blonde hair and blue eyes. Mara, who plays Susan Storm, is obviously his adopted white sister.

I wanted the movie to do well so the blame couldn’t fall on the actors. The actors did the best with what they had, a poor script.

It’s the same concept of course, four people get into a cosmic accident that bestows super powers on them. Together they form a team of the Human Torch, The Thing, Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman.

The beginning misleads you to think the movie was actually going to be full of suspense and creativity, but the movie remains dull throughout. The plot gets dragged out until what is supposed to be the climax, which ended up being something you couldn’t even call a “fight.”

The conflict of the movie is the government trying to get ahold of the main characters’ scientific work, but towards the end, this abruptly changed the team defeating the villain in the worst climax movie history has ever seen.

It’s obvious that the director, Josh Trank, had a vision for this reboot, but didn’t quite meet full potential on screen.

A superhero movie should have an even balance of humor and action, all topped off by the moral of the story that everyone can relate to nonetheless the circumstances. Marvel Studios is known for creating such hits, a recent one being “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

“Fantastic Four” was dismal and makes viewers pity the people who worked on this. The remake is a poor reminder— almost déjà vu — with the last “Not-So-Fantastic Four” films as well.

It wasn’t even worth the $1.50 I paid for the ticket.