Josh Trank Reviews Josh Trank's 2015 Fantastic Four Film

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:

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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.

Anyway, movie review:

Great cast.

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?

Doesn't matter.

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.

Me? Then?

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?

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About Jeremy Konrad

Jeremy Konrad has written about collectibles and film for almost ten years. He has a deep and vast knowledge of both. He resides in Ohio with his family.
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