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Fantastic Four
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Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Chiklis, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Julian McMahon, Kerry Washington
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: 20th Century Fox
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Kiddie Movie: It's better for them but a little too violent.
Date Movie: She might find Johnny Storm dreamy, or just a jerk.
Gratuitous Sex: Jessica in some lingerie.
Gratuitous Violence: There's a pretty bad killing.
Action: Lots of chasing and running and stuff.
Laughs: There's a few.
Memorable Scene: Jessica Alba in some lingerie.
Memorable Quote: None.
Directed By: Tim Story
Produced By: Avi Arad, Bernd Eichinger, Ralph Winter

Fantastic Four
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:45 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
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 mad.

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 into it.

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!! L8R!!!


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