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Not exactly the comic...but close

  • May 13, 2009
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We all remember the Fantastic Four from reading comic books during our childhood. The Silver Surfer was introduced early in the series as the mighty Galactus' (the devourer of worlds) herald. This mighty duo is brought to the big screen for the first time in Fantastic Four 2. This was a film I couldn't wait to see, and after several months of anticipation, we finally get to see it....so it disappoints me to say the movie was boring.

First: The movie takes almost thirty minutes to really get going....and considering the movie is only an hour and a half long, this is bad. The movie begins with the attempted wedding of Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) and Susan Storm (Invisible Woman) but shortly after the comedy-filled bachelor party the couple is made aware of an event that has global implications. During the wedding a silver blur soars past the ceremony forcing Johnny Storm (Human Torch) to give chase. This is my favorite scene in the movie and soon after it ends the film slows back down.

The film tries to remain faithful to the golden age comic: The Silver Surfer, on a mission to locate subsistence, discovers earth and signals his master, Galactus. The only real important differences from the comic are the Surfer's powers...the form of Galactus...the individual that shows the Surfer humanity....Victor Von Doom...and the means in which to stop Galactus. Yet, while these are some major differences, they don't distract from the film all that much. The main problem with thefilm is that the only decent scenes involve the Silver Surfer and he really only has a bit part. However, the movie is left opened for a Silver Surfer spin-off.

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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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