Kam and I finally saw Fantastic Four. It was, pretty much as expected, fun fluff. Better than Daredevil (which I didn't hate as much as some people did, but didn't think was that good either), not nearly as good as the X-Men movies.
A few assorted thoughts (with only very small spoilers for a couple of minor plot elements):
I kept being surprised by the looks of the characters. Partly because they didn't look much like I expected; partly because Reed and Sue looked a lot younger than I think of them looking (even at the beginning of their story); and partly, I think, just because they weren't played by movie stars; I kept looking at them and thinking I should recognize the actors but not recognizing them. (In the making-of material, Stan Lee indicates that the actors are a perfect match for the roles; that surprised me too. Though I was charmed to hear that Michael Chiklis has wanted to play The Thing ever since he was a kid.)
The special effects were remarkably realistic-looking to my eye. In particular, I wouldn't have thought they could make Reed stretch in a way that would look like it was happening in the real world, but they mostly pulled it off. And I wouldn't have thought that their version of the Thing could possibly strike the right balance between looking rocky and moving like the surface of a living being, but they managed that too.
I know this is kinda racist of me ('cause it's always villains who have the accents), but I kept wanting Doom to have a thick Eastern European accent. After all, Latveria is near Hungary and Serbia and Romania and all those mysterious exotic places. :)
I thought they did a pretty good job of reimagining/reworking the story, keeping enough of the essential elements to make it basically the same story while updating some stuff and throwing out other stuff that might not have worked as well. This sparked a bunch of incoherent thoughts about adaptations, but that'll wait for another entry.
I had to keep reminding myself that this was comic-book science and that I was not allowed to nitpick it or make fun of it.
I thought it was interesting that they retained the idea of the FF as celebrity superheroes. I would've been a little happier with the first scene in which they get public applause if they hadn't also caused the mayhem that they were trying to resolve; I kept wondering who was going to get the bill for the bridge, and whether anyone cared about the people who died in the car crashes.
I thought Doom's electro powers were interesting; not canon (as far as I know), but they certainly had to give him some sort of actual powers in order to fit him into this story.
Overall, I thought it was fun, and worth seeing. But if you only have time to see one Fantastic Four-based movie, it should probably be The Incredibles instead; even though that's only loosely (and unofficially) FF-inspired, I liked it significantly more than this one.
One more note: Kam asks why "20th Century Fox" is still using that name, which makes them sound a little outdated now. I made some sort of glib answer, but now she's got me wondering too. Anyone know?