So we recently (finally) got our first look at the upcoming Fantastic Four movie (or should I say the Fantfourstic movie) and I’m trying to decide whether the trailer given to us makes the film look like a cool unique superhero movie, or another same old generic sci-fi movie. So lets discuss the Fantastic Four trailer!
The opening of the Fantastic Four trailer gives us shots of random landscapes, buildings, mountains, houses, stars. Obviously those shots are creating a dichotomy between the natural landscape and man-made landscape, which seems to fit what the overall theme of the film looks to be: the risks of taking science too far.
The voice over says “how did we get this far? Human beings have an unmeasurable desire to discover…to build”. So the voice over gives us the classic plot of many sci-fi movies. Humanity’s yearning for knowledge, and how our hubris and ruthless search for knowledge can ultimately cause our demise. Ever since Frankenstein was written we’ve heard that story over and over again.
And I don’t know is it just me or did this trailer remind you a little of the Interstellar trailer?
Anyways we then see shots of astronauts being closed into chambers. “Our future depends on us furthering these ideas”. We then see government people looking at plans for something. Maybe connected to what creates the Fantastic Four. And again that is a shot we’ve seen over and over again. Military and the government doing crazy shit just because they can.
Then we get a look at our new Fantastic Four doing…well random stuff. “Responsibility rests on the shoulders of generations to come”, the voice over emphasising that this is a new generation of Fantastic Four.
After this we get to the climax of the trailer, where the whole risk of taking science too far thing can be seen. We see burning astronauts, The Thing being created, Kate Mara crying, it’s all very dramatic showing us that humans sometimes take knowledge and science too far.
Also just want to say those scenes with Miles Teller reaching out and stuff, that background looks not so good, so obviously the effects have a little while to go.
Overall though I’m just not buying this trailer. I feel like this film is almost ashamed it’s a superhero movie. And I know it’s just the first trailer, so we’ll see more of the group actually in action later, but everything in the trailer just felt like it comes out of every other sci-fi movie out there.
However the sole purpose of this trailer was to show people, that hey, this is a new Fantastic Four, and it’s not like the last ones. It’s a serious movie. Which you can tell from the gritty, blue-filtered, nature of the trailer. And that’s fine by me. I have never read a Fantastic Four comic in my life, so I’m not overly bothered by the darker nature of the film, however if you’re going to make a superhero movie, I feel like the trailer should feel a little more heroic, and less like a dystopian sci-fi flick. But I guess that’s the direction they want to go for, so we’ll see how the final product turns out.
But what did you think of the Fantastic Four trailer? Are you looking forward to the movie now? Let me know!
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