The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is better than its predecessor. Read on:
Far more entertaining and ambitious than its predecessor, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is a surprisingly effective summer movie and a huge improvement over the lackluster 2005 original. While still essentially a lightweight kid’s movie marred by occasionally choppy pacing and hit-or-miss humor, this film works where it counts and is a much better comic book movie than the sitcom-like original. Some spoilers follow, but there’s nothing that the trailers haven’t already disclosed.
As the story begins, Reed Richards and Sue Storm (Ioan Gruffudd and Jessica Alba), a.k.a. Mr. Fantastic and The Invisible Woman, respectively, are finally set to tie the knot after several failed attempts. They’re struggling to balance their celebrity/superhero status with the prospect of starting a family. The question they face is whether they can do it all or if they must choose one path over the other. However, all this may become moot once it’s discovered that the world is coming to an end.
This global crisis is sparked by the enigmatic Silver Surfer (performed by Doug Jones and voiced by Laurence Fishburne), the herald of the cosmic force of destruction he refers to as Galactus. (Yes, Galactus is a giant cloud, but more on that later.) The Surfer is wreaking havoc across the globe, altering matter and creating giant sinkholes so that Galactus can live up to his reputation as the devourer of worlds and make Earth his next meal. The U.S. government, represented by the brusque General Hager (Andre Braugher), enlists Reed’s help, even though it means he must divert his attention away from his impending wedding. It also doesn’t help that there is bad blood between Reed and Hager stemming from a previous encounter. Oh, did we mention that Dr. Doom (Julian McMahon) is alive and well and mixed up in the whole affair?
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In Theatres: June 15, 2007
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