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Fantastic Four 2: Rise
of the Silver Surfer
Roy Dennard - 7
out of 10
Greg Dunn - 8 out
The adventures of Marvel Comics
first family, Reed Richards (Ian Gruffudd), Sue Storm
(Jessica Alba, Out of the Blue), Johnny Storm (Chris
Evans, Cellular), and Ben Grimm (Michael Chiklis, the
Shield), collectively known as the Fantastic Four,
continue in this fan-friendly sequel. Fanboys,
however, may be somewhat disappointed at the obvious
attempt to make FF2 palatable to the average fan.
For instance, the comic book version of Dr. Doom is a
mega-maniacal despot bent on achieving world
domination. The movie version, played by Julian
McMahon (Nip/Tuck) might as well be twirling an
imaginary mustache and muttering "Curses" like a villian
from a 50's serial. In fact, FF2 doesn't give the
Four too many chances to be fantastic at all. The
coolest thing in the movie by far is the Surfer (Doug
Jones, Hellboy) himself, and he is very cool
indeed. We first see him displacing his very
molecules to emerge from a high-rise building astride
his gleaming surfboard. Voiced by the great
Laurence Fishburne, he and Jones give the enigmatic
alien an unmistakable air of nobility and power.
He dispatches the Torch and Doom with disdainful ease in
separate encounters. The skinny here is that the
Surfer is the herald of a planet-destroying entity named
Galactus and eight days after his arrival, the Earth is
destined to wind up as a cosmic Pop-Tart and it's up to
our guys to save the day. Oh yeah, Sue and Reed
are trying to find time to get hitched in the midst of
this chaos. It's just another day in the lives of
the world's greatest super-team. Wake up.
Shower. Eat breakfast. Save the world.
The actors are obviously at home reprising their roles,
especially Evans, whose Human Torch is basically an
overgrown kid who has wandered into the biggest candy
shop ever and is having the time of his life (Wow!
I can burst into flames and fly! How cool is
that?!?). FF2 doesn't have all the bombast os,
say, Spiderman 3, but it still does justice to the
legend of Marvel Comics first family, without having to
resort to the grim-and-gritty style of storytelling that
has become so popular in movies and comics alike.
It's a lighthearted 90 minutes of fun and adventure that
the entire family can enjoy.
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