In cinema, if there’s one thing worse than being tosh, its being average. Fantastic Four (2015) might have been one of the all-time turds, but precisely because of that people will still be talking about it in decades to come, unlike Chappie (2015), Terminator Genisys (2015), The Man From U.N.C.L.E (2015) and a host of other forgettable blockbusters from last year.
Controversy and expectation can help, even before a film reaches theatres; all publicity is good publicity. In the past twelve months no film has drawn as much attention as Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters ‘reboot’, the vast majority of it negative. A minority of ‘fans’ of the Ivan Reitman 1984 original pounced on the all-female cast as the destruction of their beloved franchise, as if a lack of penises somehow had sway on the quality of the resulting film. If F
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