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Marvel's first family of comic superheroes takes the world by storm as the longest running comic book series in history comes to the big screen. Reed Richards / Mr. Fantastic, who can elongate his body; Susan Storm / Invisible Woman, who not only can become invisible at will but can render other objects invisible; Johnny Storm / Human Torch, who can shoot fire from his finger tips and bend flame; and Ben Grimm / The Thing, a hideously misshapen monster with superhuman strength, together battle the evil Doctor Doom.
Action Comedy Sci-Fi - This adaptation of the classic Marvel comic is a very light
superhero tale, unlike the recent dark comic book films Batman
Begins and Sin City. While there is some mild innuendo
and action violence, this is a film that most families with older
children will find to be an acceptable action-adventure.
PROFANITY: 3 GD's, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Scenes with women in underwear. VIOLENCE: Falls, fights, electric shocks. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol. ACTION: Many explosions, chases, fights with superpowers. COMEDY: Wisecracks, comic situations, one mild sexual innuendo.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average Fantastic Four is frustrating because it doesn't seem far removed from a wholly enjoyable motion picture, but the tempo's off, beats are missed, and the production ends up sounding out-of-tune.
Roger EbertFull Review Poor The Fantastic Four are, in short, underwhelming. The edges kind of blur between them and other superhero teams...I wasn't watching "Fantastic Four" to study it, but to be entertained by it, but how could I be amazed by a movie that makes its own characters so indifferent about themselves?
USA TodayFull Review Above Average The explosions, chases and computerized effects have pizazz, but they aren't as interesting as other special-effects-driven movies of late. There's nothing terribly fantastic about this ho-hum futuristic foray.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We collected 168 moviegoer opinions. GREAT OPINIONS! Certainly better than what the critics rated it. The most notable thing is the very high percentage of "Fantastic" opinions. Most moviegoers LOVED "FANTASTIC FOUR." There are quite a few "Good" opinions, which is a little on the low side. Most likely you can attribute many of these lower opinions to those who aren't fans of this type of movie seeing it with someone who is a fan. DON'T MISS "FANTASTIC FOUR." IT'S A MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN!
Inventor, astronaut and scientist Dr. Reed Richards' (Ioan Gruffudd) lifelong dream is close to being realized. He is spearheading a trip to outer space, to the center of a cosmic storm. There he hopes to unlock the secrets of the human genetic codes for the benefit of all humanity.
Extensive government grant cutbacks nearly dashed the visionary's hopes of the historic flight, until Reed accepted a financing deal with his old college rival, Victor Von Doom (Julian McMahon), now a billionaire industrialist.
Reed's crew for the mission includes his best friend, astronaut Ben Grimm (Michael Chiklis); Sue Storm (Jessica Alba), Von Doom's director of genetic research and Reed's ex-girlfriend; and Sue's hot-headed younger brother, pilot Johnny Storm (Chris Evans). With benefactor Von Doom in tow, the four set off for the exploration of a lifetime.
The mission is uneventful - until Reed discovers a miscalculation of the speed of the approaching storm. Within minutes, the event threshold is upon them. The space station is engulfed by turbulent clouds of cosmic radiation which genetically transforms the crew. Their DNA is irrevocably altered…and so is their future.
Back on earth, the effects of the exposure are quickly revealed. Reed gains the ability to stretch and contort his body into any shape he can imagine and, as leader of the group, is given the name Mr. Fantastic; Sue is able to render herself invisible and to create and project powerful force fields as Invisible Woman; Johnny becomes known as The Human Torch, as he can now engulf his body in flames and take flight at will; and
Ben, whose freakish transmutation is the most shocking, becomes an orange-colored, rock-like, superhumanly strong creature, The Thing.
Together, they turn tragedy into triumph and catastrophe into coalition, using their unique and formidable powers to thwart the evil plans of their now steely-eyed, iron-fisted nemesis Dr. Doom and to protect the citizens of New York City against any threat that may arise.
Astronauts. Superheroes. Celebrities. To the world, they are the Fantastic Four.