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Michael Chiklis, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Julian McMahon,
20th Century Fox
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them but a little too violent.
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Johnny Storm dreamy, or just a jerk.
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||Lots of chasing
and running and stuff.
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||Jessica Alba in some
||Avi Arad, Bernd Eichinger,
First hereís my synopsis of the story for "Fantastic
Four." Pretty much you get four dudes and a dudette up in
space to investigate this space storm. Much to their
surprise, their resident genius, Reed Richards (Ioan
Gruffudd), messes up, and low and behold the space storm
socks them all before they can get the shields up. So they
get back to earth, holed up in a medical facility owned by
Victor Von Doom (Julian McMahon), who was also up in space,
and all seems well. Then things start changing. Johnny Storm
(Chris Evans) finds out he can turn into a ball of flame and
thinks he might be able to fly, thus becoming "The Human
Torch." No sooner does Sue Storm (Jessica Alba) find out she
can become invisible, thus "The Invisible Girl/Woman," Reed
finds out he is kinda elastic. Sure, you might think with
the naming going on that he might be Elastic Man, or maybe
Rubber Man, but no, he ends up being donned Mr. Fantastic
after the four of them help out some firefighters on a
bridge. Wondering whatís up with Ben Grimm (Michael Chiklis),
our heroes get to his room only to find he has busted out,
through the wall. It turns out Ben has turned into this big,
boulder, really strong dude, simply named "The Thing."
Victor, on the other hand, hasnít had noticed anything
physical yet, only that the lights gets goofy when he gets
A Movie Review
So, our Fantastic Four, Reed, Sue, Johnny, and Ben, are
wrestling with the idea that they have become freaks, as
well as famous, although Johnny seems to like the newfound
fame. Reed decides he has to figure out a way so they can be
normal again, or at least Ben, because Benís having a
slightly harder time dealing with things since he is now a
boulder man and his wife left him. Meanwhile, Victor is
having problems of his own, since he bankrolled the space
trip, pretty much leaving his company bankrupt. But then
Victor finds out he is actually turning into a metallic man
who can manipulate electricity. Now Victor, who pretty much
seemed to want world domination even without powers,
realizes that as Dr. Doom, he can pretty much rule the
world, if only the Fantastic Four were all dead. So yes, he
hatches a plan, it doesnít work, the Fantastic Four stop him
from his dastardly deed, and the sequel is set. Enough about
the movie, is it any good?
Iím kinda torn on this movie because at times I was
entertained, but mostly I was like "get on with it already."
Pretty much you get ĺ of the movie with our heroes figuring
out how to deal with their new lives, and the last ľ dealing
with Dr. Doom. And hereís the problem I had with that Ė Dr.
Doom, other than blasting a hole in a banker and creating
havoc for our Four, well, he wasnít a bad guy yet in the
eyes of the public. I would have rather they dispense with
all of the "What are we going to do with out lives now?"
stuff, have Dr. Doom tormenting the city, and then let our
heroes figure out it Dr. Doom is actually Victor, and that
they have to be the ones to save the day, thus transforming
themselves into super heroes.
I guess in the land of movie adaptation of comic books,
"Fantastic Four" doesnít seem to be that great, at least for
me. I say "at least for me" because of the 10ish year old
boy who was gushing to his dad that he loved this movie as
he was leaving the theater. The problem; this movie is rated
PG-13. The movie really had a feeling that it was made for
the 8 to 13 year old boy, but had too much violence and Sue
Storm almost naked to keep it PG. To me it seemed the film
folks couldnít decide which way to go Ė keep it with a more
adult story, kinda like an "X-Men," or make it a little more
cartoon-ish to entertain the younger folks. I think they
entertained the youngins, but for me, I just couldnít buy
Wrapping up Iíll give "Fantastic Four" 2 Ĺ stars out of
5. I guess I kinda averaged my one star with the bazzilion
that the little tyke seemed to give it. Go from there.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!