Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Posted: June 2, 2011 7:52 pm in Review

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

PG – 92 Min – 2007

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Starring Ioan Gruffud as Mr. Fantastic and Jessica Alba as Invisible Woman, “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” follows The Fantastic Four as they learn that they aren’t the only super-powered beings in the universe when they square off against the powerful Silver Surfer and the planet-eating Galactus.

Second times the charm, isn’t that the way that goes? Well not for me. This was the second time I’ve watched this movie, and I blame it on glorified recall. You know the whole, “Oh man, I should see that again cause it was good” feeling? And then you watch said movie and it sucks. And you go, “Oh, there’s a reason why I don’t own that”. The second time for this franchise in general wasn’t a charm. The first installment of the movie was actually pretty good. I liked it a lot, which is why it is sad that they fell so far from that goal they previously set in the latest installment. A sequel can make or break a franchise, and if you’re wondering why these guys haven’t graced our theater screens (and actually never will again) recently, you have this movie to blame.

First things first, it’s almost never a good thing when a series lowers the rating of the next film. The previous film had a solid “PG-13” rating due to the awesome amount of comic book mischief and violence that happens. This sequel was dropped to a “PG” rating, and overall felt like a children’s movie. There was little to no action in this installment. Also, the jokes were limited to the “PG” rating, and felt too cheesy. I honestly think that you cannot make a proper Marvel film with a “PG” rating, you just can’t do it. Stan Lee intended on these characters to be kicking butt on and off the pages, you can’t do that with this films rating. Secondly, the acting was exceptionally poor, as was the storyline. Now, I can’t explain the acting, as the same exact people were in the first one, and it was fine. As for the storyline, it was weak and full of plot holes. The main bad guy from the previous film makes a “why the hell did they even bring him back” appearance. Not to mention that the climax of the movie built up way too fast and there was no big pay off at the end except for a very predictable resurrection of a dead main character.

The Stan Lee cameo was pretty decent. I love all of his cameos, but I think the one in “Thor” (even though that is easily one of my least favorite Marvel films) was my favorite. My favorite scene was probably the chase scene between the Human Torch (Chris Evans) and the Silver Surfer (Doug Jones). When the Surfer morphs through entire buildings leaving behind a massive ripple, that was pretty neat (and probably looked good in theaters). The scene when they all start switching powers was meant to be a funny one, but didn’t really deliver.

I’m sitting here trying to think of more to say, but I just can’t. Even after watching this film twice, there’s really not much to it. I will say, if you want a good Fantastic Four movie, go spend your money on the first one. There’s more laughs and more action, so why bother with this horrible sequel that doesn’t do anything but ruin a good super hero team? Lesson learned: don’t listen to glorified recall.

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