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012: Fantastic Four (2015) feat. Myles Griffin

Maximilian Rivera June 14, 2016
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by Max Rivera | @maxriverafilm

Premise: After teleporting to an alternate and dangerous universe which alters their physical form in shocking ways, four young scientists must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 9%

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​This week, we’re joined by Myles Griffin of The More You Nerd as we discuss Josh Trank’s 2015 box office bomb, Fantastic Four (also stylized as Fant4stic) rated 9% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell, this superhero reboot was plagued with studio interference and a spastic director, which led to shaky ground and an unsatisfying movie.

As far as technical craft and formalism, this is the best movie we’ve watched on our journey. While not ideal, Fantastic Four presents a grounded, grittier world with an okay enough story to hook the viewer. It all falls apart during the final act of the film, as the studio forced in a comic book ending. 

Of course, there were a few almost saving graces in the film. Miles Teller manages to deliver a solid performance, and there’s one cool Doom sequence. Of course, this is squandered in the end. 

The scene in reference:


We analyze what worked and what didn’t, why Josh Trank famously panned his own movie as it came out, and how you could possibly make a great Fantastic Four sequel.

Well, more like we dive into what would make an even better reboot beyond this one.

What did we skip? Um, Catwoman and Taken 3. Here’s the scene Scott mentioned with about 12 cuts in 5 seconds.

We had a lot of fun with this episode, and let ourselves get lost in the weeds about everything and anything. Myles even inspired us to choose a movie for an upcoming percentage! 

We finish the episode with another round of 20 Questions—this time pertaining to Game of Thrones! Of course, we’d much rather answer your questions, so send us listener mail at TheCriticalBreakdownPodcast@gmail.com or leave it in a review for us on iTunes!

Have you watched Fant4stic? Let us know what you thought!

Max is a marketing copywriter by day, filmmaker and screenwriter by night. He resides in Charlotte, NC, and loves his dogs, watching movies, building LEGO sets, and eating food. Lots of food.You can find Max at his personal website and twitter.