Rise of the Silver Surfer
Movie Stats & Links
||Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba,
Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Julian McMahon
20th Century Fox
better for them.
||Only if she's your
wife and your bringing your kids.
||There are some
deaths and fighting.
||Lots of chasing
||A chuckle here and
||I got a good laugh
during the throwing of the bouquet.
Avi Arad, Ralph Winter
When I first read they were going to be making a sequel
"Fantastic Four," I only had one question and that was
simply "Why?í I suppose, though, when you make over $300
million worldwide on a film, that question was easily
answered. After watching "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver
Surfer" the only question I have now is "How much did Dodge
pay them for the product placement?" I will probably never
know the answer to the question.
Rise of the Silver Surfer
A Movie Review
Anyway, "Silver Surfer" brings back our happy foursome of
Reed (Ioan Gruffudd), Susan (Jessica Alba), Johnny (Chris
Evans), and Ben (Michael Chiklis). Also returning is Victor
Von Doom (Julian McMahon) who of course isnít dead. Reed and
Susan keep trying to get married, and in tabloid fashion of
today, even when insanely bizarre events start happening
around the world, their upcoming nuptials are the
most important news story of the day. Those bizarre events,
are being caused by this crazy energy source, which also
makes giant holes in the ground. When Johnny (the Human
Torch) chases him down, he tells the others that the energy source looked
a silver dude on a surfboard, hence the Silver Surfer. The
good thing for the world is that Victor isnít dead because
he may have discovered the Surferís secret; the bad thing
for the world is that Victor isnít dead.
So the government, the Fantastic Four, and Victor, seem
to find a way to stop surfer dude, but little do they know
that surfer dude is just a pawn for Galactus, a planet
eating meanie, nor figure that Victor had his own plan for
And, oh yea, eventually Reed and Susan get married after
they save the world, and of course it is left open that both
Victor and the Silver Surfer might not be dead.
The odd thing about this episode of "Fantastic Four" is
that it actually dropped its movie rating from being PG-13,
to being even more kid-friendly, garnering only a PG
(although Iím wondering how that was allowed with the murder
of both General Hagar (Andre Braugher) and one of the Four.
Deaths aside, I suppose it is garnered more for the kids
because I really didnít care for it.
Gosh, I donít want to bash the film, because it did have
some entertainment, but the storyline of Reed and Susan
getting married seemed to drag on forever; of course Victor
wasnít dead (although I suppose that was necessary to keep
sort of in the spirit of the comic book version with the
coming of Galactus and the Surfer), and sure, there was only
a week between the Surferís arrival and the impending
destruction of the world, but world chaos didnít seem to
take place, even with the mayhem happening in London and New
York City. And what the hell was up with Jessica Alba as
Susan Storm? I mean, Iím a big a Jessica Alba fan as anyone,
but something was just bizarre looking about how they had
her eyes made up.
As much as the first film didnít make me a fan of the
Fantastic Four, this movie actually had the ability to make
me even less of a fan, I think, because it really bowed down
to trying to entertain the kids rather than being a smartly
written adaptation of the comic book. If youíve got boys older than seven and younger than
about twelve, theyíll probably love it. If youíve got girls
about the same age, hell, theyíll probably even love it. But
you, if you are a comic book fan now living as an adult, I'm
guessing you won't be impressed. Iím
sure the movie will do well enough to garner a third
installment, but for me, I just donít care.
As an adult oriented comic book film I give "Fantastic
Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" 1 star out of 5. As a comic
book film made for the kids, Iíd say itís about 3 Ĺ stars.
Averaging the two together and rounding down because Jessica
Alba looked bizarre instead of hot, itís 2 stars out of 5.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!