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Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

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From IMDB:

The Fantastic Four 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.

Yeah, yeah… you don’t have to tell me. I know this movie has been out for a while and yes I did see it when it was new. But when the top notch editorial staff here at Monkeys says I have to write a review, I better do it or I might be out of a job. 😉 For those of you that want to skip the bullshit you can just check back another day and hope that I’m keeping things more current.

The Fantastic Four make a comeback with all the original cast from the first episode and even the original director, Tim Story. The changes in the sequel aren’t many with the notable exception of adding Don Payne to the screenplay and John Truman to the story, both of which have little in the way of productions under their belt, though it seemed to be a wise choice on the studios part to add fresh perspective to the franchise. The plot is much better than in the first one. I understand that sometimes when creating a franchise that there has to be a way to introduce the characters but it’s sad that sometimes they have to do it in a way that leaves you feeling somewhat empty as was the case for me with the first Fantastic Four. That being said the sequel is much richer in story and has a good pace that keeps you wondering what is going to happen next even if some of the acting is a little weak.

To tell the truth the only one that I have had a real problem with in the acting department has been Ioan Gruffudd (Reed Richards). He might fit the bill right and all to the vision of the casting department but I can’t help to feel as being the leader of something as prolific as the Fantastic Four he is a little on the weak side, not to mention that something about him just rubs me the wrong way. I don’t know what it is exactly but the guy just bothers me. It seems like the casting department couldn’t find it in themselves to cast someone that had a commanding personality and intelligent. The rest of the crew played their parts very convincingly and made me feel that there was a bond there that was carried over well from the first movie.

Jessica Alba (Sue Storm), Chris Evans (Johnny Storm), and Michael Chiklis (Ben Grimm) carry there perspective roles wonderfully in an effortlessly fun a carefree manner. Of course Ms. Alba is just as hot as ever and is great to watch in whatever she is in.

The downfall of the movie isn’t that they reprised the role of Julian Mcmahon (aka Victor von Doom). The problem to me comes with the ending of the movie. I didn’t read very much in the way of Fantastic Four comics in my youth but I do remember Galactus being more of a bad ass then what the movie gave him time to display. It would have been nice to add more of his side story in this than making him nothing more than a side note at the end of the movie. That really sucked to me. If they would have done it right the writers could have milked the movie for an extra 1/2 an hour and made the story so much more eventful and not such a let down at the end. I would have liked to have seen Galactus really doing some destruction on a foreign world giving us a true glimpse of what the Fantastic Four was really going to have to face if the Silver Surfer hadn’t have saved their asses.

Over all the movie was a much better production than the first one and it really showcased what the new talent that was brought to the writing cast. It leaves me wondering what is in store for our heroes in the future though. It’s going to be a big bill to fill after you have the group having to take on the scourge of the universe.

If you are a fan and have the first one and don’t have the sequel then there is something just not quite right in the noodle department.

This movie gets a 3.5/5

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