They're getting like buses, these things. Granted, you wouldn't fancy waiting ten years if you missed one, but the superhero reboots are getting ridiculous. Just as the 2002 Spider-Man movie franchise was restarted in 2012 with The Amazing Spider-Man, now the Marvel movie machine has done the ten-year time warp with Fantastic Four, rebooting the series a decade on from the original, and after just one sequel, 2007's Rise of the Silver Surfer.
As someone who has spent a huge proportion of childhood, adolescence and adulthood with my beak firmly between the pages of a comic book, I'm one of the millions for whom these films are aimed at, with the assumption being that many comic fans will watch any adaptation and thereby guarantee a sizeable return at the box office.
They're right, of course, and I headed to the press screening wondering how this latest one would go and hoping for the best. Have to say it was just beyond so-so, and certainly not as good as the 2005 version that starred Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis as the fab quartet.
This time around Miles Teller, Michael B Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell fit the bill as Reed, Sue, Johnny and Ben. It's a good cast, but the back story is, as usual, played around with, and this time The Torch/Johnny Storm is African-American rather than traditional Caucasian. No big deal.
It takes quite a while to get going, but once it does the CGI kicks in and is quite impressive. Best of all though is Toby Kebbell's Doctor Doom, who didn't look too promising as angry young scientist Victor von Doom, but rams it up a few notches as one of Marvel's best bad guys.
There was enough going on in the final third to suggest that, with some imaginative writing, they could be on to something here.
I'd give it a sequel, but it's got to be a lot better than this to impress.