6/17/2007

Fantastic Four 2: Rise of the Silver Surfer...

"All that you know is at an end."

After a great, but long, week, I needed a little escape. What better way to decompress than to fully embrace my inner comic book nerd and enjoy the latest summer fare from our friends at marvel. The first Fantastic Four movie was a critical disappointment but a surprising success at the box office. So, how did this one fare? Let's take a look...

Fantastic Four 2: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Running Time: 89 mins.
Directed By: Tim Story
Starring: Michael Chiklis, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Ioan Gruffudd, Julian McMahon, Doug Jones

If it's a comic book movie, you'd better believe that I'm going to see it. Last year's FF1 was OK, but definitely had it's missteps. At first, I'm inclined to say that it's director Tim Story's fault. As his only pre-fantastic credits are the two Barbershop movies. Because when you're searching for a guy to steer the vision on a film about one of the greatest comic books in history, of course you go after the guy who worked with Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer on a movie about how a haircut can change a man's life. But, truth be told, movies are collaborative efforts that have checks and balances just like the United States government. And we all know that that runs as smooth as olive oil.

So, here's a basic rundown of the plot: Reed, Sue, Johnny, and Ben are back and prepping for Reed and Sue's wedding when a cosmic anomaly, the Silver Surfer, shows up and starts causing climactic chaos all over the world. The army steps in and forces the heroes to aid in bringing the surfer down. All this goes down as Dr. Doom shows up on the scene again.

I had read a lot of negative reviews for this movie before I went in, so I already had a bad taste in my mouth. But, as the opening credits (which were awesome) started, I tried to clear my mind...

What follows is a SPOILER FREE review.


So, what was good?
  • The Silver Surfer. Doug Jones is an amazing actor. He's the guy behine the prosthetics in Hellboy, Pan's Labrynth, and a myriad of other movies. The guy has a background in mime and is a contortionist. He is officially the only cool mime in the history of the earth. This guy is a working Andy Serkis. Not to mention the special effects. The Surfer is the best looking effect in the whole movie.

  • Chris Evans. He gets his character, the Human Torch, just right. Cool, cocky, loud mouthed.

  • Stan Lee's cameo. My favorite so far.

    But...
  • Jessica Alba. IS BAD. First, the look is horrible. The character is blonde hared and blue eyed. So, what do they do? They cast the only young working brunette in Hollywood. Her blue contacts in the movie are the worst ever. You'd think since they'd changed so much in the movie anyway, they would've just let her have brown eyes. Her acting's better this time around, but still not great.

  • The Silver Surfer. I know. Wasn't this just in the good section? Yeah. But, if you put a character on every poster for your movie and put his name in your title, wouldn't you put him in your movie for more than 20 minutes?

  • Dr. Doom. Julian McMahon is horrible in this, and the last, movie. "Nuff said.


    It just felt like the story was rushed. I could go on and on with all of my fanboy complaints, but I'll spare you from that. And so, to Fantastic Four 2: Rise of the Silver Surfer, I give the honor of being awarded a certified 2.5 Yarmulke™ rating.


    I would say that this is an OK movie to see if your first choice is sold out. It would also be a great one to take your little nephew or son to see. Dads, it would make a great Father's Day outing for you and your son. Check it out, but go for fun...
  • 1 comment:

    Cathi said...

    I know it doesn't seem like a 400 page book, but it is. A 400 page book about absolutely nothing important. I'm so ashamed.