‘Ride Along’ Trailer

As a director, I get the feeling that Tim Story doesn’t get the credit that he deserves. The two Fantastic Four films were workable (he’s done other films, like “Barbershop” and “Taxi,” but I am more concerned with his fantastical fare.  The reason why I will get to momentarily).

In fact, that’s their greatest problem:  Both Fantastic Four films were merely workable; not too bad, though by no means advancing the genre.

The first earned over $330 million on a $100 million dollar budget. Not too shabby.  Its sequel, “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer,” didn’t do quite as well.  It earned “slightly less” than the original film, taking in $289 million on a slightly higher budget of $130 million.

Their greatest weakness of both films was that Story didn’t seem to understand the characters very well, which isn’t uncommon when directors are dealing with movies based on  characters that they are only vaguely aware of, I assume, it at all.

As an aside, this is why Joss Whedon is so awesome: He gets superheroes.

Though, back on topic.  I wonder because Story is back, directing the buddy flick, “Ride Along,” starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, which is more like the films he directed prior to the Fantastic Four films.

I am concerned that he’s not going to be able to stretch his legs any longer with more exotic fare, and will be pigeon-holed.  I could be wrong.  It could be his choice not not do special-effects driven movies, or maybe this is just a breather for him.

Perhaps, but African-American directors–which Story is–generally tend to do certain types of films.

Which has always bothered me.

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