Gobbledygeek episode 242, “The Ordinary Four,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a near-autistic supergenius, a Portishead-loving invisible girl, a man on fire, and a big ol’ pile of rocks walk into another dimension… Oh wait, you have heard this one before? You didn’t like it then, either? Huh. Hollywood has now ruined Fantastic Four three times, and Paul and AJ are on hand to detail all the ways this iteration goes wrong. What makes it worse is that it starts with Josh Trank’s good intentions to give Marvel’s first family a fresh update with a strong cast featuring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell. Re-edits, reshoots, and one incomprehensible finale later, those good intentions have been nullified. What happened? DOOM.
Next: who knows? It’s a mystery episode.
(Show notes for “The Ordinary Four.”)
THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU (DVD/Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Combo)
Taken from a short story by Philip K. Dick, The Adjustment Bureau has a great premise: there is a bureaucratic agency governing every decision you make, and if you stray from The Plan, they will step in and adjust your life. What could have been a Truman Show or an Eternal Sunshine instead becomes a mediocre time-waster, as the adjusters’ arbitrary rules and the silly chase scenes get in the way of real chemistry between forbidden lovers Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. It’s a shame to see Anthony Mackie, who was good in The Hurt Locker, turn in a stupefyingly dull performance, but it’s worse to see Richard Slattery, who unloads at least two dozen savagely memorable remarks on each episode of Mad Men, reduced to shouting things like, “Can’t I get a break in this case?!” Under the anonymous, visionless direction of George Nolfi, the film is a cosmic farce as a bunch of old white dudes attempt to cock-block Damon on an epic scale. The spark between Damon and Blunt makes things mildly entertaining. Extras include audio commentary from Nolfi, deleted and extended scenes, and three featurettes.
(Originally reviewed by me, and much more favorably by Paul, in “Secret Origins.”)