By Ryan Parsons | Image property of 20th Century Fox.
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Simple logic would tell me that any action movie that is only 90-plus minutes long and PG has to be bad. Sadly, this is the same formula that applies to Fantastic
Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. We can speculate all day on how this film is going to be -- I'm not optimistic -- and now we have some early reports that don't exactly help.
Mixed Reviews for Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Four plots that should make an epic film span a terribly short running time of 1 hour and 30 minutes. Did it work? Did they abandon the goofy nature of the first film and reinvigorate the franchise with an epic story about the fate of the entire planet. No on both counts. The humor is entirely aimed at children (which goes along with its PG rating.) ‘Thing’ is played for laughs without any degree of intensity. Johnny Storm’s crisis of conscience robs all of the charisma established in the first (even if it wasn’t much.) Sue Storm is more of a nag than an asset to the team. In addition, there is nothing to signify Reed Richards as the leader to a powerful team of superheroes. He comes off as a self-esteem deprived, blowhard jackass. There isn’t one iota of chemistry between any of the characters. The wretched family dynamics are trumped only by Dr. Doom, who can only be described as the worst villain to ever grace the screen.
This film is COOL AS BALLS. This film is such a BIG step up from the first film. The action kicks ass and the FF step up to save the world. There are 5 BIG sequences, including one where they save our beloved London Eye from toppling into the Thames. That got a big reaction from this crowd. It's got the Fantasticar doing some great stuff, including a sweet
bit where it splits into pieces to avoid Super-Doom (who has taken the power cosmic). It's got a HOT Jessica Alba. Chiklis IS Ben Grimm.
The positive review even goes on to claim that the negative review is a fake. Hmmm, your call.