To say I’m excited about 20th Century Fox‘s attempt at rebooting the Fantastic Four is one of the biggest understatements I could make this year. With that said, the first teaser trailer does little to grow my anticipation with how underwhelming it is. Utilizing tactics from brooding superhero films, the X-Men franchise, and Interstellar, the Fantastic Four reboot has a long way to go before I am convinced of its necessity. Check out the trailer after the break.
A voice over that loosely mirrors McConaughey’s teaser speech from Interstellar; some melancholy piano music; and characters looking off into the distance against a palette of browns, blues, and blacks. If I didn’t know any better, I’d think this was a Warner Bros. superhero film. Director Josh Trank, whose previous work consists solely on Chronicle – the found footage, super powered persons flick from 2012 – was in charge of this little reboot. I think this movie promises something big, but based on the plot and the tone they’re going for, I am optimistically cautious.
This teaser does very little to set this up as a superhero movie aside from a few brief glimpses of the team using their powers. There are only two lines of dialogue outside the voice over monologue. The biggest problem I have is that there doesn’t seem to be a sense of urgency or direction. Christopher Nolan was able to do this perfectly with Interstellar because McConaughey had a more compelling speech and the image of the rocket shooting off into space said something. To me, this teaser provides very little to work with.
Knowing the characters from reading the comics, or for those who have seen the previous installments with Jessica Alba, I find it difficult to believe that audiences would find this engaging if they had no idea who these characters are. There is a glimpse of Doctor Doom, but that doesn’t mean anything to the uninitiated. This is definitely far and away from what Marvel is doing with their cinematic universe. But hey, at least they have that blue beam of light shining down because we know from all other sci-fi movies that means big trouble.
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Here is the official plot synopsis for Fantastic Four, courtesy of 20th Century Fox:
A contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
Directed by Josh Trank, Fantastic Four stars Jamie Bell, Josh Trank, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Reg E. Cathey, Tim Blake Nelson, and Toby Kebbell. The film is set to be released on August 7, 2015 in 2D and 3D.
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Source: 20th Century Fox