Movie Review: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

I did not watch the first movie of the Fantastic Four and judging from Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (FF: ROTSS), I'm glad I did not.

FF: ROTSS is a run-of-the-mill popcorn flick that is intended to satisfy the teen crowds looking for a straightforward escapist ride. The story is a bit thin, even for comic book hero standards. Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd) and Susan Storm (Jessica Alba) are celebrity superheroes whose wedding plans are put off by the arrival of a mysterious being and the impending end of the world. The being turns out the be the Silver Surfer (voiced by Laurence Fishburne), a powerful alien forced to prepare worlds for destruction for his master, the wrongly depicted Galactus. The surfer sees the earth is a worthy world to spare and reneges on Galactus to save the day. And that's the movie.

Some rants: Jessica Alba is a miscast as the Invisible Woman. She's too young and waif-like to depict the the blonde-blue eyed Susan Storm from the comics. (Perhaps Ali Larter of Heroes is a better fit?) Also, watching the Silver Surfer is like seeing Morpheus of The Matrix in a silver liquid form. (Fishburne borrows too much from his Morpheus voice.) And it baffles me that despite the great special effects of the movie, Galactus is portrayed as a space cloud.

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is the summer movie for your 12-year old brother. You on the other hand, will find the movie fantastically-challenged.

Rating: 2/5

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