After Tim Story’s Fantastic Four films ended with the catastrophe that was the Galactus cloud, you could be forgiven for thinking that the only way was up when it came to depicting Marvel’s first family on film. Indeed, there were plenty of reasons to be excited for Josh Trank’s reboot: the director had previously made Chronicle – a fun and interesting take on teens with superpowers – and Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell and Miles Teller have all impressed in previous projects. So it is doubly shocking and disappointing that the fourth try at a live action Fantastic Four barely stacks up to Story’s aforementioned films, let alone the high standards we’ve come to expect from comic book movies today.
Although I know of Tintin, I didn’t grow up watching him. I was part of the generation that watched Pokémon! But when I saw some exclusive footage at the recent EMPIRE big screen event, my interest was piqued. Tintin’s creator, a Belgian artist by the name of Hergé, famously proclaimed in 1983 that “If anyone can bring Tintin successfully to the screen, it is Steven Spielberg”. So does Spielberg deliver?
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