Dennis D. McDonald (ddmcd@ddmcd.com) consults from Alexandria Virginia. His services include writing & research, proposal development, and project management. Follow him on Google+. He publishes on CTOvision.com and aNewDomain and volunteers with the Alexandria Film Festival. He is also on Linkedin. To subscribe to emailed updates about additions to this web site click here.

Josh Trank's FANTASTIC FOUR

Josh Trank's FANTASTIC FOUR

Movie review by Dennis D. McDonald

I admit I was curious. Can any film be as bad as the reviews say?

Well, I really enjoyed the film primarily because it is NOT a “typical” comic book superhero film. It’s much darker, it spends a lot of time on backstory of the characters, and it does not slavishly mimic the snarky or sarcastic interactions of so many Marvel films.

Granted, I was never a big fan of the comic when I was a kid. Its characterizations seemed to be too sloppily pandering to adolescent stereotypes of isolation, social awkwardness, and irreverence coupled with a desire for “family.”

My tastes back then (and now) tend more towards interest in science fiction than end-of-the-world slugfests. I’d place FANTASTIC FOUR alongside ANT MAN as a pleasant surprise.

I also thought the cast was great and would not mind seeing them teamed together in a sequel — as long as it’s not too “light-hearted.”

Review copyright (c) 2016 by Dennis D. McDonald

Anthony and Joe Russo's CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

Anthony and Joe Russo's CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

Neill Blomkamp's CHAPPiE

Neill Blomkamp's CHAPPiE