17 June 2007

Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer

The Not-So Fantastic Four

Well, after the “success” of the original, it was only a matter of time before the F4 would return to theaters. What surprised me the most about this movie, more than anything, was its lack in content. The movie had a running time around 90 minutes. That has to be the shortest superhero movie to date. Most are over 100. Also surprising was the focus on Lawrence Fishburn voicing the Silver Surfer. I think he had all of a dozen lines. I do not know why they spent the extra money on him.

For the sequel, the entire cast of the original is back, so that was nice. The F4 was joined by a mysterious being dubbed the Silver Surfer. Mr. Fantastic (Gruffudd) and Invisible Woman (Alba), who still looks more like Invisible Girl, are getting married. At the wedding, Stan Lee has a great cameo. Silver Surfer interrupts the wedding and Human Torch (Evans) chases him down. After catching him, Surfer grabs him and it messes with Torch’s powers. This sets up a chance for Michael Chiklis to be seen in human form as opposed to his alter ego, Thing.

The government intervenes and asks Mr. Fantastic to find a way to figure out what the Surfer is up to. When they are slow to figure it out, Dr. Doom (McMahon) is allowed to help, and is “trusted” by the government. Together, they figure out that they need to separate the Surfer from his board. This is the only part of the movie that was halfway entertaining to me. The Four figures out that Doom is going to double-cross them, and try to stop him. They talk to the Surfer and find out that he is the herald to a being known as Galactus, the Destroyer of Planets. They break him out and set off to do battle with Doom and Galactus.

On a quick side note, Galactus is a large “human” form being that is exponentially larger than Earth in the comics. In the movie, they took the liberty of making him a giant solar storm cloud.

Only eighty minutes after the start, we have reached the finale. They have a plan that has Silver Surfer doing battle with Galactus and the F4 going after Doom. Well, when one of the Four goes down, Human Torch, remember how his powers got messed up, takes all four powers combined, like Captain Planet, and does battle “one” on one Victor von Doom.

Well, it wasn’t the worst comic book movie I have seen. It was not as good as the original. It was better than Hulk, but probably not better than Ghost Rider. Worth the money? Not really. Just rent it.

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