FANTASTIC FOUR is superficial and stupid, the type of movie which bludgeons your intellect, your id, and your patience.
Ouch. Last goes so far as to proclaim an early-90s B-movie version of FF superior to than the new Hollywood release. After this stinging review, I'll be glad to save my money and avoid the theater. The Thing looked rather ridiculous in the movie previews for this new movie, anyway. Of course, every now and again I consent to see a lousy movie on DVD rental. So I can keep this in mind for that. (I've still not seen Battlefield Earth!)
That all being said, I have almost nothing but good things to say about Batman Begins. It was a relatively dark take on the Caped Crusader, but edgy and interesting. We're talking about a comic book movie, as we all know, but this film works. The story and action came though, avoiding a high cheeseball ranking. Sometimes having high-powered stars in supporting roles can be distracting--but that wasn't the case with Michael Cain and Morgan Freeman. Mild spoiler warning: I didn't quite buy Katie Holmes as the prosecutor. She looked too young to be a prosecutor BEFORE Bruce Wayne took off on a seven-year, self-imposed exile. This latest incarnation of Batman didn't have the quirky sense of humor from the Keaton-Nicholson-Burton film from a dozen years ago. But it was entertaining in its own right, as a new interpretation of the Batman legend. I plan on buying it on DVD.
One good comic book movie a summer is all that I ask. I'm going to pass on FF, but BB delivered the goods.
(Downtown Seattle, WA)