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Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer October 8, 2007

Posted by Sai in English, Movies, Reviews.
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The sequel to The Fantastic Four is set two years after the original. The celebrity status accorded to the Fantastic Four is making life a pain for Reed Richards and Sue Storm as they prepare to get married. Trouble strikes on their wedding day in the form of a humanoid referred to as the Silver Surfer. He is on a mission to destroy the Earth for his boss, an entity called Galactus that feeds on planets. Now, the Four must do all they can to save the planet even as their old enemy Victor Von Doom resurfaces.

A superhero film requires charming actors but the cast isn’t really right for the job. None of the four actors playing the superheroes are really “fantastic” in terms of their performances. Despite the indifferent make-up, Jessica Alba (The Invisible Woman) still looks good but isn’t charming enough to entice the audience and she really needs to work on her acting. Chris Evans (The Human Torch) isn’t particularly appealing and neither are Michael Chiklis (The Thing) and Ioan Gruffudd (Mr Fantastic). Julian McMahon doesn’t get much to do.

This film is better than the first installment but it still isn’t good enough, considering the slew of superhero films in recent times. Writer Don Payne (My Super Ex-Girlfriend) creates a screenplay where the drama is very predictable and uninteresting and since it forms a larger part of the film, one can get bored by the time film reaches an exciting conclusion. The film has its share of humor that isn’t very impressive. Director Tim Story, who also directed the first installment, keeps the tone consistent with the original. This is still the superhero film that would hold more of an appeal for the younger populace. Kids could like this but adults can keep away.