Sunday, June 17, 2007

New Movie Review: "The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer"

It's been a while since I've posted anything. I have seen a plethora of new movies (Shrek 3, Knocked Up), but didn't feel the urge to review them, though Knocked Up was excellent. But with the popcorn flick of FF 2, I couldn't resist the calling!

FF:TRSS picks up sometime after the first movie. The Fantastic Four, Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm have become more comfortable with themselves and their powers. Reed and Sue are a supercouple in the spotlight and are about to get married. But dang it, who happens to show up before the wedding? The Silver Surfer, who is causing chaos all over the Earth. Reed makes a startling discovery: where ever the Surfer goes, that planet dies 8 days later. It is up to the dysfunctional family that is the Fantastic Four to stop the Surfer.

The movie is a zippy, light affair with excellent action sequences. It doesn't take itself too seriously, capturing the sometimes zaniness of the comic book. The characters all act as they would in the comics: Reed is absentminded about Sue, Sue is the strong center, and Johnny and Ben have a sweet rivarly. Though not as sci-fi as the comic (where the Four are often refered to as imaginauts), it still has the general feel. Whether or not that is one's cup of tea is what will determine your enjoyment.

Dr. Doom also makes a comeback in this film and despite the reasoning behind it, Julian McMahon's potrayal is a little better than the first go-round. The Doom character is still slightly "off" but it seems the writers and director are getting a better handle on him. The Silver Surfer, despite being an all silver guy on a surfboard, actually elicited pity and sympathy. He never felt like the villain, though that may have been because I knew what his true purpose was before the movie. And for those worried that the rumor that Galactus would only appear as a cloud, stop it. He is cloaked in a cloud only, and you do see a brief glimpse of the true form of the Planet Eater.

It seems weird to say, but I enjoyed FF 2 more than Spider-Man 3. While I had tons of fun watching Spidey, there were times where I was straining to find something to like. FF 2 was breezy and allowed me to shut off my brain which is always welcomed. Dare I say it? FF 2 is a more enjoyable experience than Spider-Man 3!

4 Military Interference out of 5.

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