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 was just horrible as Dr. Doom. In fact, I think that was one of my main gripes about the first FF movie and nothing was done to change that in the sequel. He may have even gotten worse.

With all that being said, Fantastic Four 2 wasn't a complete 100% waste of film. As bad as it was, it did have a few bright moments. As I said, Silver Surfer was cool. Some of the power switching between the different characters, like Johnny Storm and The Thing, was mildly entertaining. The movie was fairly light-hearted and that is, at times, a nice change. Not every comic book movie has to be all dark and serious like Batman Begins and some of the goofiness of this movie is appreciated. But overall, FF2 is not an action hero movie that will appeal to today's movie fan. Maybe your average 5 to 15-year old will think it's great but when we have movies out there like Batman Begins and the Spider-Man franchise, Fantastic Four is just that - child's play. It's got some good action but just not enough. It's got a couple of laughs but not as many as it wants to have. The story is generally weak. And Dr. Doom almost single-handedly takes down the entire movie with every word he utters and every lame-ass attempt he makes to destroy the world. Nevertheless, the door has been left wide open for Fantastic Four 3 and with all the money this movie made on opening weekend, chances are I will be back here in three years writing about that. Let's hope someone wakes up so those words are better than what is written above.

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