REVIEW: Fantastic Four

Photo: Twentieth Century Fox

Photo: Twentieth Century Fox

Chris Luckett

Before the rise of the Internet, it was rarely public news when a movie had a troubled production. The last two decades, though, have been filled with troubling reports of production difficulties on movies, from actor blow-ups on the sets of Terminator: Salvation and Cop Out to the re-shuffling of the directors of the Hobbit trilogy and Ant-Man. And unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last two weeks, you’ve no doubt heard nothing but rotten things about Fantastic Four.

Fox filmed a completely new third act six months after the movie was done shooting. It was shuffled from a March release date to a June release date to an August release date. Esquire Magazine and Miles Teller got into a Twitter fight over whether or not Teller is “a dick.” And then director Josh Trank, in a tweet heard round the world, trashed his own movie the day before it finally opened.

So how bad is Fantastic Four? Actually, not as bad as you’ve heard. Continue reading

REVIEW: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Photo: Twentieth Century Fox

Photo: Twentieth Century Fox

Chris Luckett

Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the prequel reboot of the everlasting franchise first started in 1968, found a very interesting and engaging way to tell a modern, tragic allegory but wasn’t ever able to fully let make you forget you knew where the story ultimately had to go. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, a sequel to Rise that takes place ten years later, has the same virtue and the same flaw as its predecessor, with better direction but a weaker script. Continue reading