Writer: Mark Frost, Michael France (Screenplay) Stan Lee, Jack Kirby (Comics)
Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Julian McMahon, Hamish Linklater, Kerry Washington
Plot: A group of astronauts gain superpowers after a cosmic radiation exposure and must use them to oppose the plans of their enemy, Doctor Victor Von Doom.
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Verdict: Fun Superhero Film
Story: Fantastic Four starts as Reed Richards (Gruffudd) and Ben Grimm (Chiklis) trying to negotiate a deal with Victor Von Doom (McMahon) a business man who runs the city as the two plan their mission in space. With the mission lined up the three are joined by Sue (Alba) and Johnny Storm (Evans) but when the solar storm heads to them earlier disaster strikes the space station with the whole crew getting exposed to the solar winds.
Put in quarantine the astronauts soon start seeing side effects and almost extra abilities they have gained, Johnny is literally a human torch, Ben turns into a rock man, Reed can stretch, Sue can turn invisible and Victor is dealing with telepathic powers. While the Fantastic Four are born, Victor Doom sees his empire crumble as his evil side comes out.
With Victor becoming a danger to the Earth the Fantastic Four must embrace their powers to save the world and become the heroes the world comes to love and accept.
Fantastic Four is a superhero film straight off the back of the X-Men and Spiderman success. The origin story works well and the battle is all good enough for what we expect for the first battle they face. The negatives are clear here and that is with the special effects that have dated badly. The settings also don’t leave too much to the imagination as they are just the standard superhero fight locations.
The cast are all picked perfectly really with each one of the characters suiting the actor’s abilities. Chris Evans stands out as the cocky Human Torch character but it is his chemistry with Michael Chiklis that gets most of the laughs in the film. Julian McMahon as the villain works because he always looks like the powerful business man.
Overall: For the time this was a great addition to the genre but now it feels slightly out of place.
Writer: Isabel Kruse, Chase Michael Pallante, Divoni Simon (Screenplay)
Starring: Sean A Kaufman, Kim Paris, Terrence Keene, Rael Ba, Darleen Rae Fontaine, Albee Castro, Joshua St Leger
Plot: An under-achieving, unemployed 30-year-old man enjoys his freedom of non-responsibility through his vices. However, his life is thrown into a whirlwind when his ex-girlfriend interrupts his life with a surprise: their illegitimate toddler son. And when she disappears, it gives him the ultimatum to begrudgingly face fatherhood, or to continue living life void of responsibility.
Tagline – The puzzle of life is for ones self discovery.
Runtime: 34 Minutes
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Verdict: Wonderful Movie About Growing Up
Story: Maturing Youth starts as we meet unemployed Roger (Kaufman) who spends his days getting stoned with strangers and watching television all day long. During his latest day of laze, his ex-girlfriend Sadie (Paris) arrives with the news he is the father of their son Junior (St Leger) asking for help caring for him.
Tired of Roger not changing his ways, Sadie leaves Junior with Roger alone, forcing his to need to face growing up with the help of the guidance of Doctor Riccard (Keene) to help his son have the future he could have.
Thoughts on Maturing Youth
Characters – Roger is the typical early 30s slacker, never needing to face responsibility in his life, wasting his fays with drugs and time wasting, he will need to learn to grow up once he learns he is a father to give his son a chance for a future. In this 30-minute short movie we see a wonderful character arc for Roger. Sadie is the ex-girlfriend that arrives with the news of the child she just wants him to help with raise their son and is tired of the lack of help from Roger. Junior is the son Roger never knew he had and is the kid that will need to be there to help Roger ahead in life.
Performances – Sean A Kaufman is great in the leading role, he must take his character through the biggest development through the film. while the rest of the cast do a good job throughout they only appear in the odd scene.
Story – The story here follows one man that needs to learn it is time to grow up when he is left to look after the son he never knew he had. The story shows us how one moment in life can help turn you around from a path which doesn’t have a successful future. Having the film tell the story in the short form we do get to see the impact of the events in the film and the idea of the ‘What If’ is always something that appeals.
Comedy – The comedy does mix with the drama nicely to make us feel when we need to and laugh at other times.
Settings – The film does take place inside one house which shows the change the Roger’s personal life goes through and the changes he will need to bring to his family life.
Final Thoughts – This is a wonderful short film, it gives us a powerful character development for Roger sending a message to the audience about needing to grow up in life.
Overall: Short film that shows wonderful story telling.