Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer

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Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer
Review (5/10)
(By Brendan Cullin)

I'm a bit late giving my thoughts on the latest Fantastic Four movie but I have a few minutes to kill so I think I'll throw my 2 cents out there - even though it's only worth about 1 1/2 cents. In this movie, we have Reed Richards and Sue Storm trying to get married but their nuptuals are interupted by a mysterious shiny man who, it turns out, is some sort of liaison for a giant cloud that wants to eat the Earth - or something like that. The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is the movie that you have probably heard it is for the last week - a bit better than the first (not really much of a compliment), Dr. Doom is horrible, Silver Surfer is cool and for a comic book movie, pretty much a disappointment.

In this day and age, comic book movies have become so sophisticated and many are so well-made that the bar has been set high for all future movies. Rise of the Silver Surfer comes nowhere near that bar. The story, for the most part, is pretty cheesy. There is very little, if any, excitement. The characters are shallow and uninteresting. The coolest thing about the movie is Silver Surfer and he is drastically underused. It would have been nice if we got to know Silver Surfer a bit more rather than just seeing a guy flying around the screen and doing cool stuff with a surf board. He is one of the great all-time comic book characters and he just didn't seem to receive the treatment he deserves. One of the great scenes in the movie was the chase between Surfer and Johnny Storm. After I saw that scene online about two months ago (and thanks for leaking pretty much the entire scene online to suck us in), I was actually kind of looking forward to seeing FF2. Sadly, that was probably the only cool scene in the entire movie. There was just not a whole lot going on here. And much like the first Fantastic Four movie, Julian McMahon