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Fantastic Four:
Rise of the Silver Surfer

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Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Julian McMahon
MPAA Rated: PG
Released By: 20th Century Fox
Web Site:
Kiddie Movie: It's actually better for them.
Date Movie: Only if she's your wife and your bringing your kids.
Gratuitous Sex: Sadly, no.
Gratuitous Violence: There are some deaths and fighting.
Action: Lots of chasing going on.
Laughs: A chuckle here and there.
Memorable Scene: I got a good laugh during the throwing of the bouquet.
Memorable Quote: "HEMI?"
"Of course."
Directed By: Tim Story
Produced By: Bernd Eichinger, Avi Arad, Ralph Winter

Fantastic Four:
Rise of the Silver Surfer

A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG

It's 1:31 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
When I first read they were going to be making a sequel to "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.

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, though, 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 world domination.

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!! L8R!!!


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