Monday, July 25, 2005

Fantastic Four (2005)

Ihmeneloset / Fantastic Four. DE/US (c) 2005 Kumar / Fox. P: Avi Arad, Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus, Bernd Eichinger, Ralph Winter. D: Tim Story. SC: Michael France, Mark Frost - based on the Marvel comic book & characters by Jack Kirby, Stan Lee. DP: Oliver Wood - De Luxe - Panavision. PD: Bill Boes. Special makeup: Anthony Allen Barlow. FX: Giant Killer Robots; Meteor Studios; SW Digital; Soho VFX; Composite Image Studios; Pixel Magic; Hydraulx; Spectral Motion Inc. M: John Ottman. "Whatever Happened To The Heroes". ED: William Hoy. Starring Ioan Gruffudd (Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic), Michael Chiklis (Ben Grimm/The Thing), Jessica Alba (Susan Storm/The Invisible Woman), Chris Evans (Johnny Storm/The Human Torch), Julian McMahon (Victor Von Doom/Doctor Doom), Kerry Washington (Alicia Masters). MPAA 41705. 106'. Digital intermediate - heavy digital look. A FS Film release with Finnish / Swedish subtitles by Arto Vartiainen (good) / Patrik Edman. Public preview on Sunday 24 July 2005 at Tennispalatsi 6, Helsinki. This is a good year for films based on comics with Batman Begins, Sin City, and this. And this looks like a year when the producers have started to emphasize story and characters also when the film is a digital effects spectacle. The screenwriters Michael France (The Hulk) and Mark Frost (Twin Peaks) have created some witty dialogue (the fun is doubled for the reader of the Finnish subtitles). The characters look a bit plastic even in their "normal" incarnations. It's one of the current transitional works between animation and live-action.

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