Skip to main content

Holding Pattern

I'll discuss Fantastic Four in a minute but I first want to comment on my job search because...Well, it's my blog. Recently, I contacted a few of the applications I have out. Two had the same message, I wasn't called for an interview but I have not been ruled out yet. I guess I'm good enough to be an alternate. Hmmm. I guess that's something, right? Oh and since I did mention Minnesota specifically in the past, I will also mention I heard back from them as well: they still haven't made any decisions yet.

And now True Believers, I bring you the review of the Fantastic Four! As we all suspected, not as good as Batman Begins mainly since it didn't follow the comic as well but it was very entertaining and certainly better than Daredevil and Elektra which is a good thing. The characterizations were great and most were spot on. Jessica Alba did great as the older sister of the Human Torch but as a astrophysicist or whatever she was supposed to be, terrible. Worse than Elizabeth Shue as a cold fusion expert in The Saint. (I don't recall the Sue in the comic being a scientist anyway.) My main problem with the film was the Dr. Doom character, everything about him from his origins to his motivations seemed all wrong but to simplify the story I can see why they made his origin so I guess I can't complain too much.

Comments

LadyVader said…
But Jessica Alba is hot, so she doesn't have to be a brain. ;) Was she more believable than Denise Richards as Christmas in James Bond?

And we can forgive Dr. Doom character problems 'cause...hi, Cole. Hot.
Likestrek said…
Ok, yes, Alba was more convincing than Richards but then that was a James Bond film...

Popular posts from this blog

Thor Or Thunderstrike?

Marvel screwed the pooch with the Thor  franchise from the beginning. They took the more modern notion that the Asgardians are aliens not gods. In itself, that's fine but I can't help but think that just made it more complicated not less. (Wonder Woman  just killed them off which is better but that's still a big nitpick from me about THAT movie...)

I stopped regularly reading comics  after I graduated college in the early part of the century so I don't know when secret identities became passé but I think this also hurt the franchise. Originally, instead of dropping Thor on his head and giving him amnesia, Odin put him the mortal body of Donald Blake and then Eric Masterson. (Was that a complaint about Ghost Rider? Same concept really...)

In Thor: Ragnarok, to me, this '90's era of the comic where Eric Masterson WAS Thor was the best run of the comic and there were many Easter eggs from that period from Thor's Earth garb (with Mjolnir disguised as an umbrell…

Wasn't A Complete Punishment

Checking my Facebook Memories this morning, it is apparently the anniversary of my review of Jessica Jones.  In many reviews of  The Punisher Jessica Jones  is the pinnacle all other Marvel Netflix (or in some cases, Marvel shows on any network but that's a post for another time...) must be held to. I'll tell you straight out, I personally enjoyed both seasons of  Daredevil  more so... (Hell,  The Punisher  had a less annoying support cast...)

For reasons I didn't consider back then and don't care about now, comic books in the '90's saw the creation of more violent  characters to presumably dispel the notion comics weren't just for kids. Ironman, Thor, Captain America and, perhaps ironically, Batman got more gritty counterparts and the Punisher (and Deadpool) was created. Like most superheroes, Frank Castle's origins begin with the death of a family member; in his case, ALL OF THEM. In comics, it was due to be caught in the crossfire of a mob shootout…

Sunday Morning Movie Review

Black Panther was great. Just as  Wonder Woman  gave little girls a superhero to "look up to," little African boys (Yes, not just African American  boys) have their own hero. But what was even better about this movie is that it was so much more. It wasn't a stereotypical Eddie Murphy or Whitney Houston movie.  Even 5, 8 years ago, we wanted this to happen but this might have been just the right time. T'Challa is king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda that millennia ago became rich in a fictional mineral called vibranium that allowed them to  become the most technologically advanced country on Earth. They decided to keep this secret, however, and disguised themselves with a cloaking shield and the guise of a "shithole country." (See? Relevance!)

Wakanda has reached a crossroads. Xenophobia is really no longer working. The villain of the movie, Wakandan by blood but certainly not upbringing, Killmonger, takes the throne in an effort to take the Black…