Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

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To no ones surprise Marvel comic’s most popular super heroes of all time are back in the action film Fantastic Four, Rise of the Silver Surfer. Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic (Ioan Gruffudd) and Sue Storm aka the Invisible Woman (Jessica Alba) are about to be married when strange fluctuations in climate and electronic disturbances begin happening around the world. During a celebration for the couple, a celestial being known as the Silver Surfer (Doug Jones voice by Laurence Fishburne) appears, causes mass chaos and escapes. At the same time, Ben Grimm aka the Thing (Michael Chiklis) tries to keep a helicopter from crashing while Johnny Storm aka the Human Torch (Chris Evans) has the Silver Surfer on the run. Johnny discovers that the Silver Surfer has come to prepare Earth to be devoured by his master, Galactus. If this isn’t enough to worry about, the Fantastic Four’s arch enemy Victor Von Doom aka Dr. Doom (Julian McMahon) comes back to life (yes, he was killed in the first Fantastic Four film) and he appears to want to help catch the Silver Surfer. This latest revelation motivates Reed to invent what soon becomes the Fantastic Car instead of spending time with Sue (maybe she was invisible and he couldn’t find her) on the eve of their wedding. (Too bad – I heard Jessica Alba’s lips look so puffed-up Reed could have used them for the Fantastic Car air bags. HA!) Don’t expect an intelligent script, outstanding computer graphics or creditable acting in this film. In fact, Gruffudds acting is as stiff as the Surfer’s surfboard while Alba’s’ looks and language are reminiscent of a dime store floozy. Even though it sounds as though I didn’t care for the movie; it’s quite the opposite. Chiklis and Evans are great, the one-liners are funny and watching this movie will help you escape from reality just like reading a comic book. This film may not be fantastic but it’s good clean fun and I’m giving it a B- rating.

This movie has been given a PG rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.