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More campy than cool

  • Nov 26, 2007
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Most comic book movie franchises start out cool and gritty, then become campy and superficial really quick. One example is the Batman series; which started out as serious flicks under Tim Burton, and deteriorated into superflous eye candy under Joel Schumacher. Another example is the Superman series, which peaked with number 2, and progressed downhill with 3 and 4. In these two cases, fans got two great outings before the franchise went south. Not with Fantastic Four. The first one was decent, and this one, number 2, was bad. In this movie, another being with superpowers shows up on Earth, and brings with him the planet-eating creature known as Galactus. Once the movie delves into the details, it quickly becomes ridiculous. First of, the Silver Surfer happens to look exactly like an adult human male, except androgynous in the important areas. Second, Sue Storm reminds him of his wife, who happens to have a first name and a last name. What coincidence; an entity from another planet that looks very human, with a first and last name. Third, in the movie, the Silver Surfer is captured and taken to a secret facility in Siberia by the US military. How is it the US military can set up a lab and interrogation chamber in the middle of Siberia? These and other miscues make this movie unbelievable and ridiculous; not the best traits for a comic book movie.

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Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surferis another entertaining romp for the Marvel-superhero franchise. Reed Richards, Mr. Fantastic (Ioan Gruffudd), is treading on thin ice when his fiancée, Sue Storm, the Invisible Woman (Jessica Alba), thinks he's more interested in a series of cosmic phenomena occurring around the earth than in the preparations for their upcoming wedding. Sorry, ladies, but Reed is right. The disturbances are caused by a surge of cosmic power from a mysterious being called the Silver Surfer (an all-CGI creation, modeled by Doug Jones and voiced by Laurence Fishburne), who not only zooms around the skies on his board, but also has enough power to fight the FF, sometimes by turning their own power against them, not only mixing up Sue and Reed, but also Johnny Storm, the Human Torch (Chris Evans), and Ben Grimm, the Thing (Michael Chiklis). But that's not the worst of it. The Surfer is only an opening act, a herald looking for planets that his master, Galactus, can consume for his sustenance.

With its initial installment, Fantastic Four established itself as the superhero franchise that didn't take itself too seriously, and that continues here. There are numerous moments of laugh-out-loud humor, and the most angst they suffer is whether Sue and Reed will ever be able to live a normal family life. (That, and whether they'll ever really get married, of course.) If Fantastic Four were a normal superhero franchise, the ending would be a...

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Cast: Jessica Alba
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: October 2, 2007
MPAA Rating: PG
DVD Release Date: October 2, 2007
Runtime: 92 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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