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Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer [Blu-ray]
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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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- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 024543471042
- Director : Tim Story
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled
- Run time : 1 hour and 32 minutes
- Release date : October 2, 2007
- Actors : Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis, Laurence Fishburne, Zach Grenier, Doug Jones
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Studio : 20th Century Fox
- ASIN : B000VNMMPW
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #62,342 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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First for the bad. Jessica Alba was cast as Sue Storm and they bleached her hair blond for the part. It was not a good look. A bigger failure was The Thing. He is supposed to be as huge as the Hulk. Instead he’s only as big as a medium sized football player in the film. There is nothing imposing about him. Third, there is always at least one ridiculous scene aimed at kids. This time it has Mister Fantastic going to a club for his bachelor party and using his stretching power to dance.
There were far more positives however. The effects for the team, Doctor Doom and especially the Silver Surfer were all well done. The Surfer was all CGI and he looked great. The action sequences were all on point. They really captured Johnny Storm’s personality which was always portrayed as being young and brash in the comics. The cameo by Stan Lee was really funny. He tried to get into Sue and Reed’s wedding and says his name but he’s told he’s not on the list.
Overall, despite some flaws The Rise Of the Silver Surfer was a really enjoyable movie and showed that Marvel was going in the right direction before it started its Cinematic Universe.
Beyond messing everything up, the acting is sub-par. It's no wonder that Marvel nipped this in the bud after this movie. If you have no idea who the Silver Surfer is, then this might be fine for you to watch. If you do know who he is, then skip it. It'll just annoy you.
As might be expected, this picks right up and the action begins with the same actors and the same take on the characters (including the villain).
The Silver Surfer is a fine opponent. The Army is predictably incompetent.
If you liked the original /Fantastic Four/, you should enjoy this.
Jessica Alba is nice to look at but she's of absolutely no interest once she opens her mouth. Michael Chiklis (ph.) was great as the dirty cop on The Shield but he couldn't pull off The Thing and the cheesy suit made it even worse. The Human Torch was okay and the guy who played Mr. Fantastic nailed his boring, stodgy condescension to a t. in other words he was an a hole and not at all engaging. Worst of all, they made the Silver Surfer, The Herald of Galactus into a sissified cry baby. What a gyp!
As for the movie... it was fun but not all that memorable - undeveloped characters (and, I think, heavy reliance on the origins movie to explain certain characters, motivations, and relationships), plot transitions seemed awkward - I like to lose myself in a movie, and kept finding myself popped out and back into critic mode. I say this as someone who read the comics as a kid, and has at least a passing familiarity with the characters. I also would have liked to see the Susan Storm character given a bit more substance... she seemed like the extra on the set, playing the petulant woman, but she is much cooler than that. Also, the Thing is physically just too small. The guy should tower over the rest of the FF. Anyways, this was good for a saturday popcorn fest with the kids, but I wouldn't go expecting an experience like the Avengers or the recent Batman movies.
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Budgeted at $130 million, this sequel only just made its money back domestically, however, its Worldwide takings gave it an overall profit of nearly $160 million. Which when you consider that the first film (again raking the coin in) was met with very disdainful reviews (mostly warranted outside of Evans & Chiklis' efforts), it's somewhat surprising. Yet, and it's certainly no towering genre picture, "Silver Surfer" is a hugely enjoyable movie for fans of the source comics and the undemanding popcorn muncher. The fans, and I don't speak for all of them of course, should in the main be happy that the makers have been faithful to the origins of the story. There's also some nifty humour and both Alba and Gruffudd aren't as dull as they were in the first movie. Perhaps they are more comfortable now knowing that the paying public held sway over the critics? Evans is still the best thing in the franchise, and the appearance of Andre Braugher as General Hager is a welcome edition. While the effects are considerably better than the poor fodder served up in the first movie; granted it wouldn't have been hard to improve on that score.
With a lovely light hearted approach, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer does its job. In the pantheon of super hero movies it sits some where in the middle, neither great or bad, just honest wholesome family fun. 20th Century Fox have announced that a reboot of the franchise is to come, so while Chris Evans goes off to mouth wateringly play Captain America, the next lot of actors are charged with the not so easy task of winning over a tough comic book crowd, and, the critics too. 6.5/10