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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer


**** Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Science fiction, action/adventure.

Directed by: Tim Story.

Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis.



We saw this at the
Hercules. Okay, let me just get this out of the way: Jessica Alba should never again dye her hair blonde. It looks idiotic. And I like Jessica Alba.

Sue Storm (Jessica Alba) and Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd) are trying to have a wedding. But fame and Weird Stuff Going On (caused by the arrival of the Silver Surfer) keep interrupting their plans.

The military demands that Reed solve the problem, and Sue demands that he give their wedding all his attention, so he keeps his work on the problem secret from her. Which of course causes more problems than just admitting it.

I have to admit I'm not even remotely familiar with the FF comics, so I'm just along for the ride.

We've got the 4 of them, dealing variously with their fame, which I liked very much.

We've got Reed keeping secrets from Sue and the two of them trying to get married but getting interrupted, which I also liked very much.

We've got a wonderful sequence when the Silver Surfer causes them all to switch powers, that's both funny (Sue gets her brother's fire) and poignant (Ben's temporarily himself again, and not The Thing), which I liked very much.

We've got the return of Dr. Doom (Julian McMahon), who's conned the military, which I liked very much.

And we've got the 4 superheroes fighting--not only the bad guys, but fighting ignorance by being smart and trying to figure out who the Silver Surfer is and why he's doing what he's doing. And I liked that very much as well.

Fun special effects, too.

It's not a perfect movie--it's over-the-top and cheesy--but it's supposed to be--it's a comic-book movie. Great fun. I enjoyed it.

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Comments:
I enjoyed this movie as well, though I'm not familiar with its comics either. And I agree Jessica Alba shouldn't dye her hair, that colour looked so fake on her!
 
Agreed on Jessica. I didn't understand why they cast her if they wanted a blue eyed blond. Hollywood is sick with them.

I thought this one was better than the first, actually. I liked it.
 
I think I liked this better than the first one, too--there was more character development, I think--or at least there were more reasons for me to care about the characters.
 
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