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Monday, July 25, 2005

Film Review: Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four (PG)

Dir. Tim Story

Reviewed by Matt Adcock (@Cleric20)

Hotter than the sun, stunning, just amazing in every sense of the word, you really won’t believe what you’re seeing…

Yes, Jessica Alba is just one very good reason to go see Fantastic Four but there are many others too because the ‘feel good summer blockbuster adventure of the year’ is here. Fantastic Four isn’t dark, moody or highbrow, there aren’t any sinister undercurrents or bold life changing ideologies put forward, what you get is an overdose of prime lightweight comic book fluff, and I for one really enjoyed it… For the first time in weeks I was able to just sit back and let a far-fetched tale of heroes and villains wash over me without having to think a single thought apart from the occasional ‘ooh that’s cool’. You can say what you like about the acting, or nitpick over some of the special effects but if you are looking for some seriously entertaining ‘wham bam – what the hell was that all about?’ action - then this is the movie for you.

Firstly as I might have already mentioned there’s the gorgeous miss Alba as Sue Storm / Invisible Woman, she rocks and whilst you might not believe she’s a trained genetic scientist, the male population will certainly appreciate her costume. Next you get the irrepressible Chris Evans (no, not that one) who has an absolute blast as Johnny Storm / The ‘flame on’ Human Torch – he’s sexy, funny and extremely watchable, plus he gets the best lines like: “What if we got these powers for a reason? It's like some higher calling.” To which Mr Fantastic / Reed Richards played by Ioan Gruffudd replies: “Like getting girls and making money?” And Johnny smirks: “Is there any higher?”

"the problems of invisibility - when you clothes don't disappear"

Gruffudd does a reasonable job (can’t be easy playing a major cult American hero when you come from Wales after all) but the other standout performance is from Michael Chiklis from under 60lbs of ‘Thing’ makeup.

You see it might appear to be all ‘get the girl, kill the baddies and save the entire planet’ in a comic book world but Fantastic Four shows that there’s a price to such fame – and it might be just learning to embrace your destiny and enjoy it. Which is what I’d urge you to do, take your inner 10 year old to go see Fantastic Four and then try to resist the urge to run down the street shouting “flame on” when you come out…

Darkmatters Rating: ööö (Super fun for all the family)

Matt Adcock meets Jessica Alba

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