Having seen two out of the three abysmally bad Fantastic Four movies already, I figured that by now I was probably jaded enough to tackle the original 1994 version without risking my sanity. After all, the 2015 version was absolute rock bottom: so bad that it derailed before looping back around to “hilariously bad” and ended up in a fiery heap somewhere between terrifying and boring. Much to my relief, while the 1994 version is indisputably terrible, it’s the sort of terrible you can watch in relative comfort and have a giggle at. Some charming aspects are that it’s mercifully short, comically overblown, and features (genuinely) the best movie version of Dr. Doom we have. Some terrible aspects are that it feels like a high school kid did the final editing, it treats women like garbage, and while it’s technically fairly accurate to the comics, it chose specifically the worst faults of the comics to stay faithful to.
This movie’s been out for a little while now, and I had put off seeing it until a couple days ago. I really didn’t want to watch it, especially after talking to my brother, who saw it before me. When I asked him how it was, he responded that it was about as good as the first one, which meant not that good at all. However, I would like to take this time to say that, now that I have seen the movie, I disagree with my brother. I think Sea of Monsters is better than The Lightning Thief, though not by much.