A lightweight and basically unnecessary attempt to once again bring some cinematic life to one of the lesser teams in the Marvel Universe.
Laughably cheesy, bordering on Zardoz levels of simplicity.
If you would like to admire the awfulness of Fantastic Four without actually having to sit through it--or if you've already seen the movie and are still reeling from the experience--read on.
The special effects are cheesy, the acting perfunctory, the plotting pallid.
It's not wholesale terrible -- just depressingly mediocre, and at a certain point you sort of start wishing it WERE definitively terrible, because that would at least make it more entertaining or give it a certain strange raison d'etre.
The entire experience is shameful -- for us, for the filmmakers, for whoever at the studio had the job of creating the ads, in which the cast appear to be starring in hostage posters.
The resulting film combines the worst aspects of gritty reboots with the worst aspects of cartoony, comic book logic.
A comic book movie that is bizarrely short on humour and action.
The film's dynamic is completely off, offering too much build and too little payoff.