In an age where numerous comic book franchises are adapted for the big screen Fantastic Four is no exception. Fantastic Four tells the tale of a family of superheroes, whose quest to discovering science grants them powers. Exploring how far some will go in the pursuit of power and knowledge.
Fantastic Four Plot
Four astronauts have their lives changed forever, when they end up being hit by a cloud of cosmic radiation. Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm went into space hoping to better understand the universe. Upon their return they discover they’ve all inherited unique powers. The journey’s sponsor, Victor Von Doom, has also been affected is a dangerous man who needs to be stopped, before it’s too late.
Fantastic Four (2005) official trailer on Youtube
Fantastic Four Cast
Reed Richards “Mr. Fantastic” (Ioan Gruffudd) is the leader of the team and is an intelligent scientist and engineer, who values family and friendship in his pursuit of understanding the laws of science. He can be competitive and driven trying to make his dreams a reality.
Sue Storm “Invisible Woman” (Jessica Alba) is a kind and loving person that can appear submissive hiding behind her intellect. She tries looking out for her brother Johnny and hides her feelings for Reed Richards, afraid of getting hurt again like she did with Victor Von Doom.
Johnny Storm “The Human Torch” (Chris Evans) is charming and a bit narcistic using his good looks to get him out of trouble. He is aloof and fails to take things seriously. He relies on his sister Sue to bail him out when he can’t talk his way out of things.
Ben Grimm “Thing” (Michael Chiklis) is Reed’s best friend and can seem a bit reserved at times when expressing himself. He is a serious, strong, and supportive friend, yet doesn’t enjoy being teased by Johnny lashing out in a violent manner.
Victor Von Doom “Dr. Doom” (Julian McMahon) is a cunning engineer and inventor who can be vain and competitive. He enjoys getting a rise out of his rival, Reed Richards, never failing to remind him that he dated Sue Storm first.
This franchise is more loved from its Marvel comic books rather than the film adaptations. Many believe that the idea of a family with super powers inspired Pixar’s The Incredibles, as there lies several similarities between the two franchises. Two adaptions have been made to please fans with little commercial success.
I would give this film a six out of ten rating, due to the diverse cast and the depth of detail regarding the information backing up the scientific and engineering references, yet it’s a valiant effort as they aren’t explained fully. I would have liked to see more of the characters using their powers despite their efforts to keep the characters accurate to the comic book versions.