by Troy Grzych
Fantastic 4 (2015)
There is absolutely nothing wrong with this trailer, it seems like a pretty above average Sci-Fi flick about four young astronauts who during a mission get transformed and mutated into super human beings when everything goes haywire. However, even though it’s based on a long running Marvel comic book and is a Marvel property, the film rights belong to 20th Century Fox (who also retain the rights to the X-Men franchise). So my overall issue is that because I am such a massive fan of what Marvel has done with their Cinematic Universe, including television series and their interconnectivity, I really want Fantastic Four and X-Men to be handed back to them so that they can start including these characters amongst their others. The fact that SONY Pictures has finally worked out a deal to share the rights to the Spiderman character is a miracle, I can only hope that one day 20th Century Fox will strike a similar deal. A boy can wish can’t he?
So with that said, I must judge this trailer on it’s own merits, despite my feelings, and hope for the best. Starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Michael B. Jordan as the Fantastic 4 they battle against their arch enemy Doctor Doom played by Toby Kebbell, in what appears to be an all out science fiction epic, but not much is really shown in the trailer though. You get glimpses of the cast, quick shots of astronauts in despair on some hellish planet, and some governmental intrigue, however the one thing I really wanted to see that they are probably holding out for the full trailer rather than reveal in his full glory here in this teaser, is the Thing. Realized as a practical man in a full body suit in the previous versions of this movie, here they appear to be going the route of the Incredible Hulk and creating him completely in CGI. My FRAMED is a rather speedy cut of what looks like The Thing trying to stand after probably his initial transformation, but I can’t really tell. It’s my FRAMED because of all the shots in this teaser it is the one that makes me want to see more. There’s nothing really special about it but it does peak my curiosity. I am not extremely excited to see Fantastic Four like I am Avengers 2, but I wish it well and will definitely see it if given the chance. The film opens August 7, 2015 and you can judge for yourself.
Framed: Movie Trailers
I could spoon feed you the same old mushy meal that is your standard movie trailer review. I could go into depth and detail describing tidbits that you could simply see for yourself by watching it countless times in heavy rotation on YouTube until you’ve cooked your noodle and seared every nugget of footage into your corneas…but that’s not what FRAMED is. A trailer is a tease, a glimpse, a snapshot of what the movie is and what it could be and FRAMED is exactly that. It’s about finding that one single shot, one moment, one individual FRAME that lingers with you and propels you to zip over to the nearest multiplex with Mike n’ Ikes and a large diet soda in tow and form a line a year in advance of the film’s release.