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Movie of the Week


As Reviewed By



Roy Dennard                             Greg Dunn 




Fantastic Four 2: Rise of the Silver Surfer


Roy Dennard - 7 out of 10

Greg Dunn - 8 out of 10


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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