Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

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Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Jul 26, 2008 (Updated Jul 26, 2008)
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Pros:Entertaining Superhero Flick

Cons:It doesn't have a high rewatchability rating

The Bottom Line: Fun movie for the whole family to enjoy.


Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie's plot.

the story

In this sequel to Fantastic Four, we find the four new superheroes riding high on their recent defeat of their first arch enemy Dr. Doom. Johnny is getting endorsements up the wahzoo, Ben has found love despite his rocky appearance, and Dr. Reed Richards is going to marry the hottest babe in the world, The Invisible Woman. The engaged couple makes a vow to each other to go through with this wedding without any interruptions or emergency-like diversions. So, it must be something really big to stop this wedding. How about the threat of the end of the world for starters?

The four must quickly shift into hero mode, and discover the cause behind the looming threat, and then stop it. They discover - The Silver Surfer, and that every time he visits a different planet, eight days later - the planet dies. They need to somehow capture the very elusive Silver Surfer, and so the army general decides to ask for the help of Victor Von Doom, aka Dr. Doom. Needless to say, the FF are shocked to find that he's still alive, but reluctantly agree to work with Doom in order to stop the Surfer. When they catch the Surfer, they discover through questioning that he is a slave to an entity called Galactus, the swallower of worlds.

How in the world are the Fantastic Four going to stop this catastrophe from happening? Will Dr. Doom turn over a new leaf or is he still up to his old tricks? Is the end of planet Earth? Find out when you view Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.


the breakdown

This sequel is pretty much just more of the same from the first movie. Now it seems the odds of a victory are much slimmer than they were in the first film, as they face a large unseen force that threatens to swallow the earth. Speaking of Galactus, I’m not sure why he is represented here as a space cloud instead of the definitive shape that he is inside the comics. I for one don’t mind it too much, this way it shortens the movie to a more watchable hour and a half instead of giving a back-story and paying an actor to play Galactus. Yet I’m sure the purists aren’t too happy with what they did to this powerful Marvel enemy. Speaking of Marvel, Stan Lee had his usual pop-in cameo, and this time much more humorous as he finds that he is not on the guest list to the private wedding ceremony of Reed and Susan’s wedding. For those of you who are not familiar with the F4, let me quickly brief you about their super powers. Dr Richards is capable of stretching any part of his body to just about any length, his fiance Susan can go invisible and she also creates force feilds, her brother Johnny is capable of flight and creating body heat that goes up to super nova, and Ben the assistant is now made of rock and is possesses super strength.

Yet, like I said – not much has changed from the first installment. Dr Richards (Ioan Grufford - Black Hawk Down, Titanic) is still an egghead, Susan is still extremely hot, and Johnny (Chris Evans - The Nanny Diaries, TMNT) and Ben (Michael Chiklis – The Three Stooges, The Shield) still get on each other’s nerves. Yet there are a couple of new developments, like when Johnny comes into contact with the Silver Surfer for the first time it changes his molecular structure so that whenever he comes into contact with one of the other members of the Fantastic Four, they switch powers. This of course gets Jessica Alba (Good Luck Chuck, Sin City) naked in public again, when the fire burns off all of her clothes on a busy NYC street.

Not only is the film derivative of itself, but it’s also kind of predictable. I can’t really hold that as a fault though because as far as superhero movies go, you pretty much know who is going to wind up in which predicament. I still found the movie fun to watch, with some laughs, some great CGI animation, and some action packed superhero style thrills.

The main trouble I had with this movie had to do with the Blu-Ray. The audio kept cutting out on my BD-P1500 Samsung model, and when I switched players to the BD-P1200, the second generation player I have had good audio but there was a ghost image of the main menu on the screen. I hope this is because of the disc and not my players. I recommend this movie for the whole family, but maybe you should try it on DVD.


Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Directed by: Tim Story (Fantastic Four)
Written by: Don Payne (My Super Ex-Girlfriend) / Mark Frost (Fantastic Four)
Starring: Ioan Grufford, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, and Juan McMahon
Length: 92 minutes
Released: 2007
Rated PG-13 (comic book violence)
Rating Three Stars


Viewing Format: Blu-Ray


Recommend this product? Yes


Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Fit for Friday Evening
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children up Ages 8

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