15 June 2007

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Review

By Odin’s fiery merkin, did everyone at Marvel comics spend all their time on Spiderman 3 and forget about Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer? Did the Broadway musical scenes in Spiderman 3 drain the collective creative conscience from the writing team? Or was it the long creative sessions over the portrayal of Galactus that sucked the muse from Stan Lee’s minions? For whatever reason, Rise of the Silver Surfer stinks. I’m not even sure where to begin to describe how my Fantastic Four skin was trampled upon for 92 minutes.

Most of the first half of the movie is spent in a Dr. Philish overview of the Fantastic Four’s group dynamic and how their lives have changed by becoming celebrities. The team of Mark Frost and Don Payne then go into an examination of how Sue Storm feels about balancing raising a family and saving the world before dinnertime. I would have expected a harder edge from veteran screen writer Frost whose past credits include some of the best Twin Peaks and Hill Street Blues episodes ever produced. Instead we are left with product placement gags, a dance routine by Mr. Fantastic, and an ABC After School Special about teamwork.

Then there’s the action. I’m sure most of you have seen the trailers with the Human Torch chasing after the Silver Surfer. The entire sequence is contained in those trailers. Granted it was an incredible chase scene, but that sums up the extent what should have been an action packed comic romp. Oh, that and the exactly one climactic fight scene with Doom at the movie’s ending.

Finally, there is a small matter of Galactus. Galactus is the giant world eating baddie that shows up in the Marvel universe from time to time. Galactus looks like this in the comic world:

Galactus looks more like this in the movie

One can see my utter disappointment at this turn of events.

Don’t see this movie. If you’re a comic geek, you’ll writhe in pain for weeks after the viewing. If you’re an average Joe looking for an entertaining film, look elsewhere. Just don’t reinforce the bad film making from Marvel by giving them your hard earned dollar.

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