Byline: MATT SOERGEL
Fantastic Four is a big, square slice of cheese, slightly moldy around the edges.
Still, it has some appeal, if only for its idiosyncracies: At a time when most comic-book movies want to push the angst and the darkness, it's a jokey, retro romp with mundane special effects that wouldn't have been out of place in the corny '70s.
Fans of the Marvel comic have been waiting a long time for this; they'll be rewarded with a few inside jokes and a cameo by Stan Lee, but aren't likely to find that worth the wait.
The story's a familiar one, following astronauts who are caught in a solar storm that messes with their DNA.