Chronicle director Josh Trank's 2015 Fantastic Four flop starring Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Miles Teller, Jamie Bell, and Toby Kebbell has had more than its fair share of negative reviews. And now the filmmaker is giving perhaps the most honest review the film has received yet over the past four years.
The failed Fantastic Four reboot has a horrific current 9% 'rotten' rating over on Rotten Tomatoes with a Critics Consensus that reads, "Dull and downbeat, this Fantastic Four proves a woefully misguided attempt to translate a classic comic series without the humor, joy, or colorful thrills that made it great." Ouch. And if all of those reviews weren't enough, today we have an interesting new take on the film - this time from Trank himself.
Yes, yesterday, Josh Trank took to his personal account over on Letterboxd to review the film, writing:
"Fant4stic... Huh. Okay, first of all, I thought it would be GREAT if I searched FF2015 and the sh*t wasn't even on here. Low key I kinda was hoping it wasn't. But it was! And I'm here. Anyway. Where to begin...The movie is ALRIGHT. 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."
"Anyway, movie review: Great cast. 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. Did I make that movie they deserved to be in? To be honest? I can't tell. What I can tell is there are TWO different movies in one movie competing to be that movie. Is there a #releasethetrankcut? It doesn't matter. I'm not Zack Snyder. Zack Snyder is a storied, iconic, legendary filmmaker who has been knocking it out of the f*cking park since I was in high school."
"Me? Then? I was 29 years old, making my 2nd film, in a situation more complicated than anything a 2nd-time filmmaker should've walked into. That said... I don't regret any of it. It's a part of me. And I just hope Peyton Reed makes the next Fantastic Four and crushes it. And that I get a cameo. Anyway, that's it. Fant4stic. PS: My girlfriend said I should've reviewed more of the film and less about myself. My answer: [shrug emoji]."
Personally, I remember being really excited for Trank's Fantastic Four reboot back in 2015. Especially after I heard Trank describe his film as a hard sci-fi take on the series with all the body horror elements of a David Cronenberg science fiction tale. But even I just went ahead and skipped the film after hearing all the disastrous word-of-mouth that came along with its release. Will the world ever see the Trank Cut of Fantastic Four? Probably not. And maybe that's for the best. Meanwhile, Josh Trank's review of his 2015 Fantastic Four flop comes to us from his personal account over on Letterboxd.