Friday, August 7, 2015

Movie Review: ‘Fantastic Four,’ the Reboot (Wanted or Not)

By A.O. Scott
From left, Jamie Bel, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller and Kate Mara in "Fantastic Four." Credit Twentieth Century Fox
HOLLYWOOD---The opening scenes of “Fantastic Four” — 20th Century Fox’s reboot of its Marvel superhero franchise — take place in 2007, which happens to be the year that the second movie in the prerebooted franchise (“Rise of the Silver Surfer”) was released. “Fantastic Four,” despite the dogged efforts of its talented young cast, has nothing. The special effects are at about the level of the early “Harry Potter” movies — lots of glowing green clouds and ice-blue bolts and force fields. The human drama is meager. [link]