Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you know that not only has Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot earned overwhelmingly negative reviews, but the movie also has fared poorly on its opening weekend at the box office. Last seen on the big screen in 2007, this film was supposed to be the grand return of Marvel’s First Family in a time when superhero movies have never been more popular. Unlike Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man, however, this film failed to deliver a fun superhero story that could be enjoyed by both hardcore fans and people just looking for a good movie to watch. What also didn’t help matters was a production fraught with behind the scenes drama, including the director attempting to place the blame on others for the film’s failings.

Was the film completely filled with bad moments? Of course not. There were a few brief moments of competency sprinkled throughout. That said, the negatives far outweigh the positives, and the final product was not the reboot that fans and general moviegoers deserved. Currently the future of the franchise is in question, but that won’t stop us from pinpointing the reasons why this first film doesn’t work. Here are Fantastic Four’s five primary failings.

Warning: there are major spoilers for Fantastic Four ahead! Unnecessarily Dark
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Let’s start with what we already knew going in: this movie wasn’t going to be the light-hearted affair that the previous Fantastic Four movies were. Emphasizing the sci-fi elements, the reboot looked like it was blending Marvel’s First Family with Interstellar. Just because something is different doesn’t mean it’s bad, but unfortunately, the dark and gritty tone proved to be part of this movie’s downfall (as many suspected it would be). There was no hope or brightness of any kind until the final minutes, and this was even reflected in the lighting scheme. It almost felt like this movie was apologizing to the audience for being a story about superheroes. While there were a few great, dramatic dark moments (like when Reed sees Ben in his rock form form for the first time through the air vent), on the whole this dreary approach was a poor creative direction that made the film a largely depressing affair.

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