It can’t be easy being the director of a movie which is widely panned by critics and moviegoers, and that’s what happened to Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four movie when it came out back in 2015.
The young director who’d come off of having directed an incredibly successful and well-reviewed independent superhero movie in Chronicle was then thrown into the deep end with 20th Century Fox’s comic book movie, Fantastic Four.
Trank wanted to make a dark and ‘gritty’ version of Fantastic Four, which was something that many fans wanted to see.
Up until that point, the Fantastic Four movies were not very good, and had more in common with early CW superhero TV shows rather than what Marvel eventually went on to do with the likes of Iron Man and Avengers: Endgame.
So, yeah, Trank had fans on his side when he revealed his film would have more in common with David Cronenberg films than the previous Fantastic Four movies.
However, it didn’t go too well. There were issues on-set. There were extensive reshoots, and there were reports that the version of the film that hit cinemas was actually directed by Simon Kinberg.
Fantastic Four’s Josh Trank’s review of his film is perfect
Anyway, Trank revealed recently on Twitter that he was going to sit down and watch Fantastic Four and then review it on Letterboxd, and that’s exactly what he did, and his review is the most honest and perfect thing I’ve ever read about the movie.
Trank ended up giving his movie a two-star review, and wrote: “The movie is ALRIGHT”.
He then added: “I was expecting it to be much worse than it was. I literally haven’t seen it since like two weeks before it came out, and I was in a heavily f*cking traumatized state of mind. Why? Eh, save that for another time.” T
Frank then went on to praise the film’s stars. He wrote: “Everyone in the film is a great actor, and overall there is a movie in there, somewhere. And that cast deserves to be in THAT movie.
“Everyone who worked on Fant4stic clearly wanted to be making THAT movie. But…. ultimately… It wasn’t.”
After the movie was released, Trank did go on Twitter to say that the movie released in cinemas wasn’t the film he wanted to make, and that’s not a great thing to say about a film that’s hitting cinemas and has your name on it as director.
You can read Trank’s full review over on his Letterboxd page. You really should read the whole thing. It’s brutally honest and I like that fact.
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