Josh Trank was one of the hottest directors in Hollywood in 2015. Coming off the brilliant Chronicle, he was handed the keys to Fantastic Four by Fox. What followed was a troubled production, and an even more uneven and unenjoyable film. Since then, Trank's career has completely stalled. He had lined up a film with Lucasfilm that may or may not have been a Boba Fett film that he was either fired from or quit. Reports about his erratic behavior and unprofessionalism on the Fant4stic (god I hate typing that) set follow him to this day. Seems like the pressure really got to the guy. He at least seems to have a sense of humor about it now. He left the following review on Letterboxd of the film yesterday, and it is great:
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.
Anyway, movie review:
Everyone in the film is a great actor, and overall there is a movie in there, somewhere. And that cast deserves to be in THAT movie. Everyone who worked on Fant4stic clearly wanted to be making THAT movie. But…. ultimately… It wasn't.
Did I make that movie they deserved to be in?
To be honest?
I can't tell.
What I can tell is there are TWO different movies in one movie competing to be that movie.
Is there a #releasethetrankcut?
I'm not Zack Snyder.
Zack Snyder is a storied, iconic, legendary filmmaker who has been knocking it out of the fucking park since I was in high school.
I was 29 years old, making my 2nd film, in a situation more complicated than anything a 2nd time filmmaker should've walked into.
That said… I don't regret any of it.
It's a part of me.
And I just hope Peyton Reed makes the next Fantastic Four and crushes it. And that I get a cameo.
Anyway, that's it.
PS: My girlfriend said I should've reviewed more of the film and less about myself. My answer: 🤷🏻♂️.
Kudos to Josh Trank for that. Peyton Reed would be an interesting choice for the inevitable MCU version of the FF. Also: I would give the #releasethetrankcut a shot. Would you?