FANTASTIC FOUR (M)
FANTASTICALLY FOUR-LORN, US, 106 MIN
The new Fantastic Four keeps the fantastic stuff very well hidden indeed. As for the quartet of young actors taking over this well-worn Marvel Comics commodity from its previous screen guise – remember those two cheesy F4 movies last decade with Jessica Alba and a pre-Captain America Chris Evans? – let’s just say the cast never had a hope of jump-starting the stalled re-origin story told here. Miles Teller leads the plodding proceedings as Reed Richards, set to go from deluded high-school science prodigy to world-altering genius by film’s end. After Reed and some friends teleport themselves to an alternate dimension, they return with a mutated set of superpowers that gets a greedy US military-industrial complex very interested indeed. Seriously, this just has to be the most long-faced, lead-booted and fun-free superhero movie since Man of Steel turned Superman to rust. Co-stars Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell.