Thursday, April 22, 2010

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. D

It's hard to complain too much about a movie when it doesn't even seem to be trying to be good. That's the case with 'Rise of the Silver Surfer,' the second movie in the 'Fantastic Four' series. I'm not really sure why this movie (and the first one, too) has been handled so casually and without any real sense of passion. The movie doesn't take the characters seriously, it throws silly, poorly structured action scenes in our faces, and it fails to make any attempt to draw us into the characters' lives and the emotions they're going through. Maybe it's because the comic book has never been considered to be on the same level as 'Spiderman' or 'Batman.' The Fantastic Four have always been a bit of an odd bunch, and, though beloved by many, they don't come across in the same glorious sense as the aforementioned heroes do. At a mere 89 minutes, the movie zooms by and hardly manages to put together a coherent conflict. Sue Storm and Dr. Reed are preparing for the 'wedding of the century' when the mysterious arrival of a silver man on a surfboard interrupts the ceremony (literally). We think he's the villain but then it turns out he's not so bad. Then Dr. Doom from the first film returns in pursuit of the Silver Surfer and is magical board. This movie is a real mess. Director Tim Story does actually try to put some depth into the Silver Surfer character, but with only 89 minutes he doesn't even come close to pulling it off. The original was stupid and not much fun at all. This one's even worse.

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