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Issue: Winter 2005

Fantastic Four movie review

Accidental Heroes

Movie poster, Fantastic Four; Festivale film review

Movie poster, Fantastic Four
4 times the action. 4 times the adventure. 4 times the fantastic.

When a scientific team is exposed to radiation in space they awake on Earth to find that they have strange superpowers.

FANTASTIC FOUR (aka FANTASTIC 4) is the latest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It's one of the classic superhero team series from Stan Lee, who of course makes a cameo appearance.

In this effort we see yet again human DNA mutating into a range of different, bizarre superpowers. They become a stretchy man, an invisible woman with something extra, a man of rock, and a human torch capable of flight.

FANTASTIC FOUR emphasises the light-hearted humour. It has wit and heart. And when the super villain is revealed, the team stands up and finds a way to make their newfound talent an advantage instead of a curse.

This film is fast, smart, pretty to look at, and unapologetically a comic book story.


July, 2005

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Ali Kayn is a freelance photojournalist and the founding editor of Festivale Online Magazine. Festivale was founded in October, 1996 to promote Melbourne and Victoria, provide mentorship to developing writers, an outlet for talented fans, and a test bed for software and hardware under review. She lives in Melbourne, Victoria with a garden full of birds.

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Due for Australian release 7 July 2005
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See also: Fantastic 4 and the Silver Surfer (2007); Fanstastic Four (2015); Chris Evans (Torch) returns as Captain America: The First Avenger (2011);

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Title: Fantastic Four (2005)
Written by: Mark Frost and Michael France (written by); Stan Lee and Jack Kirby (Marvel comic book)
Directed by: Tim Story
running time: 1h 46min

The Players: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Julian McMahon

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