As the summer of 2015 inches to its close, a pair of wannabe-blockbusters have arrived. One, with about as much negative press as any film this year, and the other with a kind of confused buzz.
The former is Fantastic Four, the latest adaptation of the popular Marvel Comics superhero team. This is the third time somebody has tried to crack the Fantastic code. The first was the famously cheap Roger Corman edition, followed by the pair of Tim Story pictures that felt like a bad Xerox of the Sam Raimi Spider-Man mood, with earnest wonder spoiling into bad cheese. Director Josh Trank goes for the frank, pseudo-realistic route. It’s a major failure, one whose spiral has been well documented around the internet. My take on the film itself is here.
As for the other aforementioned movie, that would be the Guy Ritchie television update The Man from U.N.C.L.E. With an awkward title and a pair of leads better known as face than draws (Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill), it’s an entertaining affair, built on the back of a game cast, clever dialogue and a lot of style. Let me try and convince you on the finer details of these qualities on Examiner.