"FINALLY!!! A movie that makes Bewitched look like a professionally made film!" David Poland crows over at The Hot Blog. And while we think he’s being a little harsh (it just might be the Bad-Good movie of the summer), one must admit the "Fantastic Four" is looking pretty fabulously cheesy. But, as the LA Times‘ Chris Lee reports, it does come from a long line of cheesy adaptations of or attempts at the same source material, and while said source material might work as a metaphor, taken straight (and not animated), the whole super-family, stretching, turning invisible thing is a little naff. Others obviously thought so too â€” previous screen takes on the F4 include a Roger Corman-produced C-movie and a proposed sitcom.
In the New York Times, Craig Modderno writes a short squib about how Michael Chiklis, who plays The Thing, became so distressed by the constrictive costume he had to spend hours getting into and out of that he was driven to therapy, while in the San Francisco Chronicle, Hugh Hart interviews the film’s director, Tim Story, about making the leap from "Barbershop" to something with "nearly 900 special effects shots and a cost of more than $100 million."
And Liz Hoggard in the Independent has an interview with the ultra-symmetrical Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd, who plays Mr. Fantastic (stretchy!) and who held lead roles in both the "Horatio Hornblower" miniseries and in the ridiculous, short-lived "law firm of the future" series "Century City," which lead Television Without Pity to, in a fit a god-like inspiration, christen him "Horatio Hornblawyer." Unfortunately, the Independent has decided to move their film section behind a paid subscription wall (sad, we liked their interviews), so only the first few paragraphs are available to us rabble. Nevertheless, it’s enough to at least confirm, finally, the pronunciation of this name: "Yo-wan Griffith."
+ Fantastic Four’s long trip (LA Times)
+ The Costume, the Thing and the Therapist (NY Times)
+ "Barbershop" director takes "Fantastic" leap (SF Chronicle)
+ Ioan Gruffudd: Enter the dragon (Independent)