The story takes a shift into the action portion of the story. What starts off as a promising background for the four protagonists becomes a spiral into an irrelevant plot. The plot line is unlike the other Fantastic Four films, attempting to dodge the fact that the other films existed. The problem of the other Fantastic Four films wasn't the plot, rather it was the performances. The plot was not nearly as bad as this new film makes it. In this film, the characters have barely any development before the life-altering occurs. To me, the whole point of the Fantastic Four is that they are all closely related and end up struggling to reconnect after gaining their powers. None of these characters have any weight (except maybe The Thing, after all he is a giant rock). Honestly, I wouldn't have cared if they killed off any of them in the plot. The worst part, is the villain established in the last half hour of the film. The villain is terribly created and ends up bringing down the last portion of the film with unnecessary action. The villain stays true to the comics by name, but nothing else about him is relevant. Almost all of the acting feels forced and one-liners build a cheesy script that fails to work with the young actors involved. I love every other film I have seen with Miles Teller (Whiplash), Michael B. Jordan (Creed), or Kate Mara (House of Cards). Because of the poorly-written script, I got flashbacks to Spiderman 3, which has a similar soundtrack.
Josh Trank brought us outstanding visual effects in Chronicle, but Fantastic Four appears to have hired the wrong guys for a superhero movie. In many of the scenes, there is clearly a green screen to portray a different dimension. The effects seem like something that I might have created in high school, with a complete lack of authenticism. With modern special effects, I will admit that I understand it takes a lot of work to create action sequences. Yet I probably could have created these types of effects in Photoshop, which I have used only two or three times. I hate to say this, but I enjoyed Batman v. Superman more than this film.
The Bottom Line: Fantastic Four lacks all of the basic elements needed to create a decent superhero film.
Image credit: By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America - Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan & Jamie Bell, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=49457311