The Trailer Park: “Fantastic Four” (2015)

Well shit out a brick and call it Ben Grimm. I never thought I’d be this excited about a new Fantastic Four movie. The long-delayed, seemingly troubled production of the reboot has had many wondering about the quality of the project and if it would in fact be a worthwhile addition to Fox’s growing list of successive¬†superhero films. The first trailer for the film has arrived and as I stated, it looks pretty damn fascinating.

Yes, the trailer does feature a handful of superhero cliches (voice over of heroes/villains talking about the other heroes/villains, for one) but it still is a rather effective trailer for a franchise many have given up on in the past. The excitement, perhaps, can be attributed to director Josh Trank (Chronicle), who promises to bring a new twist to the family of heroes and make them interesting again.

Fantastic Four stars Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara as The Invisible Woman, Jamie Bell as The Thing, and Michael B. Jordan as The Human Torch. Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) plays the dangerous Dr. Doom. The film hits theaters on August 15, 2015.

Written By Nick

Nick is a man obsessed with all things related to film. From the most obscure to the very popular, he’s seen it all and hopes to one day turn his obsession into a career that makes a lot of money so he can buy a monkey, a bulldog, and a full size Batman suit.

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  • GW

    Hmmm. I dunno. It’s clearly the “best” iteration of the characters to date, but Marvel Studios needs to just get all their characters back and make films that tie the universe together. All these other studios and legal nonsense are keeping some interesting films from getting made. Granted, the super-saturation of the genre is kind of lousy because it means years of CG-laden blockbusters of diminishing quality at some point. But if Marvel had them all to tackle and made sense of things, it would be the best thing at the end of the day.

  • Vivek

    I like the Fantastic 4 a lot, but I really don’t like this trailer. It looks like “Man of Steel” crossed with “Transcendence” with the trailer makeup of “Interstellar” and “Prometheus.” For a group of people who fit the motifs James Gunn assigned to the Guardians of the Galaxy to a T, this movie looks dour, dreary, downtrodden, and just dumb. I’m normally quite supportive of artistic liberties and radical revisionism auteurs take to characters, environments, and stories. But there doesn’t appear to be much of a *point* to it here. It’d be one thing if we were to chalk it up to a film looking to put a more serious stamp on the genre, but neither the trailer nor the film presented in it seem to have the kind of drive or energy necessary to follow through on the supposed themes enveloping this story. If the trailer can’t even get itself excited for itself, why should we be excited for it?

  • fernandorafael_c2c

    The cast is certainly attractive but otherwise I’m not feelin’ this film.