Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
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Catch a wave of "terrific adventure" and "non-stop action" (CBS-TV) in this fun and fantastically entertaining smash-hit! "Invisible Woman: Sue Storm and "Mr. Fantastic" Dr. Reed Richards are about to be married when a mysterious alien... the Silver Surfer... crashes the proceedings and heralds Earth's impending destruction. With time running out, the Fantastic Four reluctantly teams up with the nefarious Dr. Doom in a thrilling effort to save our planet!
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is another entertaining romp for the Marvel-superhero franchise. Reed Richards, Mr. Fantastic (Ioan Gruffudd), is treading on thin ice when his fiancée, Sue Storm, the Invisible Woman (Jessica Alba), thinks he's more interested in a series of cosmic phenomena occurring around the earth than in the preparations for their upcoming wedding. Sorry, ladies, but Reed is right. The disturbances are caused by a surge of cosmic power from a mysterious being called the Silver Surfer (an all-CGI creation, modeled by Doug Jones and voiced by Laurence Fishburne), who not only zooms around the skies on his board, but also has enough power to fight the FF, sometimes by turning their own power against them, not only mixing up Sue and Reed, but also Johnny Storm, the Human Torch (Chris Evans), and Ben Grimm, the Thing (Michael Chiklis). But that's not the worst of it. The Surfer is only an opening act, a herald looking for planets that his master, Galactus, can consume for his sustenance.
With its initial installment, Fantastic Four established itself as the superhero franchise that didn't take itself too seriously, and that continues here. There are numerous moments of laugh-out-loud humor, and the most angst they suffer is whether Sue and Reed will ever be able to live a normal family life. (That, and whether they'll ever really get married, of course.) If Fantastic Four were a normal superhero franchise, the ending would be a knock-down drag-out war with Galactus, featuring the FF in a colossal battle for the planet Earth and the lives of everyone on it. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer just doesn't do that, and we don't quite get the payoff we expected. Effects are dazzling, but the Surfer looks too metallic, more like a skyriding T-1000 robot. --David Horiuchi
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The DVD presentation is typical for a major studio release. The picture is crisp. The colors are vivid, and the stereo sound is good.
I thought it was a solid B+ movie. Story is OK, action as expected. A *little* cheesy, but ok
It is simply a more entertaining movie.
Now I am the world's biggest Spidey fan...and one of the biggest comic fans ever...so I am predisposed to liking these types of films.
I will always give them the benefit of the doubt, OK?
Having said that, there are parts of "Spidey 3" that made me wince, in a bad way (like the whole 'Saturday Night Fever' dance-walk thing).
But there are similar sequences in THIS film that made me wince (like Reed's bachelor party) , but I laughed through it anyways.
It's all about tone, and this film gets it right.
Oh there's SO much wrong in this movie...lame dialogue, impossible plotting, excruciating "acting", pedestrian directing...
...but the beauty here is that you don't care AT ALL.
This is just a whole lotta fun to watch!
First of all, I think Chris Evans nails our cinematic Human Torch. That single scene where he's briefly "Thing-ified" is a riot.
Chiklis as Ben Grimm is perfect casting. His performance rings true to almost fifty years of comic lore.
Jessica Alba...well, let's just say I am aware of my Y-chromosome, and she is without question one of THE most beautiful women in film today. This is not her grand thespian turn here. She's not given the greatest dialogue to begin with, and she's not someone who can take a dull phrase and liven it up...
...but I don't care. All her dorky hairstyles and odd contact lenses can not change the fact that she is eye candy of the highest order.
Ioan as Reed is another matter. Half the time, he's awful and half the time he's terrific. I wanted to like him...he is "likable"...so I guess that's why, again, I cut him some slack.
The Silver Surfer is awesome. Seriously. Gushing fan-boy praise awesome. Nuff said.
Yes, I know Galactus as the huge guy with the funky purple outfit and Pope-on-dope headwear. But in order to make that more appropriate for a modern film, it would have required alterations of such magnitude that COMPLETELY changing "him" into an "it" was really the only way to go. It didn't bother me so much.
Dr. Doom, however, bothers me tremendously. I love Julian McMahon. I love "Nip/Tuck." I love Dr. Doom, from the comics.
The problem here?
This isn't Dr. Doom.
This is Dr. Christian Troy wearing a mask. There is nothing enigmatic, exotic, or evil about him, except how he turns a general into a cinder.
Comic book Dr. Doom was epic, sinister and grand.
Who IS this guy?
OK. Minor quibble. Moving on...
Great sets! Nice cameo for Stan Lee. Terrific set pieces (the helicopter crash, the London sinkhole) abound.
With a few adjustments...really, not that many...the next film could be as good as "Spider-Man 2" or "X2" or "Batman Begins."
In comic-book-land, that says a lot.
When I upgraded this copy to HD through vudu/ultraviolet It turned into the HD special addition. BUMMER
If you intend to go after HD extended edition. The run time is over 2 hours. Any version under 2 hours IS NOT the extended edition.
Jessica Alba is in it, so it's visually stimulating too...can't go wrong there!