Review Date: September 11, 2005
Director: Tim Story
Writer: Mark Frost, Michael France
Producers: Avi Arad
Jessica Alba as Sue Storm
Michael Chiklis as Ben Grimm
Chris Evans as Johnny Storm
All that said, I didn’t think any of these elements were complete failures per se, just not mind-blowing. I did like the characters overall, the special effects, which were pretty well done across the board, and the fact that Jessica Alba was featured prominently in the film, as a female scientist who wears more make-up and low-cut tight white tops than any other scientist who has ever lived!! God bless science. Seriously though, as much as I love Alba and all, she was just a little too good-looking for this character, and given the lame mechanics of the plot, too wooden an actress to really pull me into the “dramatic” end of things. In terms of the directing, which we were all worried about beforehand – given that the man given the chores behind the camera was the same goombah who directed, well, TAXI and BARBERSHOP – things were actually pretty decent overall, so I’m not gonna bust his balls for no reason. I didn’t really notice the directing either way…how about that? Finally, other than the film’s storyline, which didn’t really grasp, its other biggest problem was definitely its villain, namely Dr. Doom, who showed up way too late into the picture, and once accounted for, didn’t really present any gargantuan threat or offer any palpable charisma. Also, I never really understood why he wanted to knock the Fantastic foursome off? Was it because he was bored, wanted almighty power, was just “an asshole” or pissed because his girlfriend left him? Honestly…I didn’t get that part.
Overall though, the film should play real well on DVD, particularly the two characters of Johnny Storm (great effects!) and The Thing (great costume!), who respectively skewered some fun and heart into the proceedings. In fact, write a good screenplay featuring only The Thing and his own issues and I’m there! As for a possible sequel to this film…well, let’s hope that they actually come up with a good story the next time, instead of just throwing everything into a radiated kitchen sink and hoping for the best.