Josh Trank Reviews His Own Fantastic Four Film, Gives It a Generous 2 Stars

That IS a great cast.
That IS a great cast.
Image: 20th Century Fox

Honestly, Josh Trank, director of the most recent (and famously flopped) Fantastic Four film, had his work cut out for him. Between the need for Fox to compete with the growing MCU, a troubled production, and Max Landis, this project was never going to turn out well.


And Trank, for his part, seems to know this. In fact, reading his Letterboxd review of the film, which he posted recently, you can just feel the cringe. With candor and more than a little self-deprecation, Trank takes a look at his disaster of a film and thinks, well, y’know, it could’ve been worse.

Here’s an excerpt:

Fant4stic... Huh.

Okay first of all, I thought it would be GREAT if I searched FF2015 and the shit wasn’t even on here. Low key I kinda was hoping it wasn’t. But it was! And I’m here. Anyway. Where to begin...

The movie is ALRIGHT.

I was expecting it to be much worse than it was. I literally haven’t seen it since like two weeks before it came out, and I was in a heavily fucking traumatized state of mind. Why? Eh, save that for another time.

It’s always difficult for an artist to revisit their past work, but this is next level. Trank is right to praise the film’s cast and the goals of the film, while admitting, yeah, the movie did not get there. He goes on to jokingly ponder the possibility of a “Trank Cut,” before saying, “I’m not Zack Snyder[...] I was 29 years old, making my 2nd film, in a situation more complicated than anything a 2nd time filmmaker should’ve walked into.”

All in all, it’s an entertaining, generous review. Has this Trank guy made any movies? It seems like he has good taste.

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When I first saw Chronicle, I was legit astonished at how well made it was and how well written it was. And damn were all the actors good.

But just like Chronicle was the perfect storm of goodness, Fan4stic was the perfect storm of badness (aside from the cast, who really did deserve better). I can see what Trank wanted to do with the first two-thirds of the film (until it becomes very apparent that he was replaced), which was made a superhero horror film, much like Chronicle turned into a superhero horror film. But...that shouldn’t be the Fantastic Four. Maybe if he called it the U-Foes?

In any case, I also agree with him that Peyton Reed would hit an FF film out of the park.