Fantastic Four- Rise of the Silver Surfer
Marvels' Family of Super Heroes is back with their friend...the Silver Surfer
Marvel's first family of super heroes is back along with a possible friend...or foe. The movie basically picks up where the last one left off; Dr. Doom (Julian McMahon) is back to seek revenge against the Fantastic Four. Meanwhile, it seems a new nemesis reveals himself as the Fantastic Four must unravel the mystery of the Silver Surfer or else the entire planet will be destroyed. Unfortunately, this also causes a damp in Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic (Iaon Grufford) engagement plans to Sue Storm/Invisible Woman (Jessica Alba) as they struggle adapting to their new celebrity super hero lives together. And oh yeah, Johnny Storm/Human Torch has a new ability to exchange powers with anyone whom he touches after his first encounter with the Silver Surfer. I'll admit after seeing the trailers for this film like any other comic geek or ex-geek in my case, I was psyched about seeing this movie. The thought of seeing an epic battle with the Fantastic Four and the Silver Surfer against Galactus and Dr. Doom seemed all too alluring. However, from watching "Spider-Man 3" and now this film has taught me one thing, I've learned the old saying is true. "Be careful what you wish for. You might just get it." Truer words were never spoken. Don't get me wrong, "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" isn't a bad movie, but it's not as great as the hype would have you believe.
The special effects for this movie were somewhat mediocre most of the time. As it seems from watching this movie, it seemed that production company spent almost all the money on visuals towards the Silver Surfer. The Silver Surfer at times looked almost too real to be considered CGI. Unfortunately, the rest of the special effects for this movie seemed rather inconsistent in comparison like whenever Mr. Fantastic uses his powers to stretch in the movie, it looks like a CG effect that looks like a high school drop out worked on it or something. It was especially obvious during that freakin dance scene with Richards. Indeed, it seems Marvel heroes dancing this year is the new trend.
To be honest, the story isn't that great either, as it has Reed and Sue mostly debating their relationship about how they would like to lead normal lives. However, Ben Grimm/The Thing (Michael Chiklis) and Johnny catch wind of this and get upset, and they start acting like two kids that are upset because their parents are divorcing or something. Pretty sad, I know. It seems like almost all the characters in this movie with the exception of the Silver Surfer and Dr. Doom, act like children at times. Even Reed would rather work on the new Fantastic Four Car, than spend time with Sue on their wedding day. I think the colonel in this movie said it best about these guys when he said, "What the hells wrong with you people?" That's what I would like to know.
And of course, it seemed that Jessica Alba and Ioan Grufford had almost zero chemistry together, so the love story for them seemed rather unconvincing. Which is sad considering, they had a little bit of chemistry in the first movie together, but I guess it went from little to none this time around. Hell, in one scene alone when Sue talks to her brother Johnny, you could see more chemistry with Chris and Jessica together.
However, for all this movie's faults, there are some good points that make this movie watcheable like Dr. Doom. Although Julian over acted a bit in this movie, I thought his sinister plot and the way he taunted Reed Richards throughout the movie added some intrique to what would've been a boring otherwise type film.
Don't get me wrong though, Galactus (Warning! Spoiler alert in this paragraph) is sinister as well. Although most comic book fans might now be pleased with the idea of Galactus being a large cloud entity in space rather than a giant man dressed in purple eating worlds. Personally, I liked the look of Galactus in this movie to be honest. At first it did seem baffling, but it was a lot more realistic. I mean, think about it. It would've been very campy to a lot of non comic fans that watch this movie to see a giant man in space. At least this makes movie seem more realistic. Unfortunately, the way the Silver Surfer defeats him seemed rather lame and rushed though. Almost as if the director and writers couldn't think of a way for their battle to end, so they just wrote in a cheap ending.
Take it for what it's worth. "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" was way overhyped, but it's still watcheable. For those who have not seen it, should consider renting it instead in a few months because this movie is not worth seeing in a theatre. It's basically the type of movie that shows you all the good parts in the trailer, but when you see the rest of the movie, it's not that great. Worth a rental, but it fails to live up to the hype.