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Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

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7/10: Far Better Than FF 1...
Monday, June 18, 2007

Far Better Than FF 1, "Rise" Stays True to the Spirit of the Comics When I was very young, my Mom bought my comics when she did the weekly grocery shopping. One day, mixed in with "The Flash", "Superman", "World's Finest", and "Action Comics", was this weird thing called "Fantastic Four" # 35. She somehow bought it by mistake, and it changed my life. The Kirby art, the bickering between the heroes, the romance between Reed and Sue...I had never read anything like it in DC. A few months later, I was making my own weekly trips to the local drugstore, buying Spider-man, FF, and Sgt. Fury off the spinner rack for 12 cents each. Slowly, Supes and Batman faded away for me, they just could not compete with the Marvel stories.Fast forward: we live in a post-Image Comics age. Fanboys raised on steroid freaks and chicks in thongs. Yet, somehow, these two FF movies are...

1/10: All hope is lost with...
Monday, June 11, 2007

All hope is lost with Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer As difficult as it was, I decided to view 'Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer' as a film, not as a chance for redeeming a franchise. I thought this method might take away any fan boy predilections I had, in anticipation of this second installment to 'The Fantastic Four' universe. So, for a moment let's forget that the first film was without artistic merit. Let's forget that the story about a family of superheroes is arguably the most adored of all comic book properties.'Rise of the Silver Surfer', opens with a planet light-years away, being obliterated. After the opening credits, we are on Earth getting ready for Sue Storm and Reed Richards to tie the knot. During the preparation, the scientist instead of concentrating on the details of his impending nuptials is busy studying a cosmic anomaly. We soon find out that this...

4/10: Complete mutilation of a cherished...
Saturday, June 16, 2007

Complete mutilation of a cherished story (***Spoilers Herein***) Wow. Where to begin. Let's start with the positives: The Surfer looked excellent. He really did. I was impressed and excited when he first appeared.Now, the negatives: Apparently Tim Story decided Stan Lee's work, which has lasted for years because it was a great story that stood the test of time, wasn't good enough for his motion picture. Apparently the Hollywood big wigs sat in a big executive board room around a large table and decided that they could come up with a better storyline along with changing the powers/abilities of various characters and basically murdering a storyline that was near perfect.***SPOILERS*** Let's get a few things straight, people. I'm not one to hate on a movie because of a few nitpicky things. There were MAJOR plot flaws in this movie that were completely different from the original adaption. To begin with, and I...

3/10: A cosmic letdown As a...
Friday, June 15, 2007

A cosmic letdown As a comics reader who knows the source material, FF2 left me with a great deal of reservations. The ending in particular disappointed me. The new superhero movies always let us down when it comes to the cosmic part of the original stories.Let me be clear: I am not a purist. I don't demand that the movies should be slavishly faithful to the comics. It's fine by me that they change the story, as long as what they put in there instead is just as good. And this, of course, is the problem. In the X-Men movies, we never see the alien Shi'ar, even though that's where the X-Men got their super-science. In Spider-Man 3, we never saw the planet from the Secret Wars storyline, where the alien symbiont, Venom, came from. And now, in FF2, we don't get the huge back-story of Galactus. We don...

10/10: This film is Fantastic!!! When...
Sunday, June 17, 2007

This film is Fantastic!!! When the first film was over, I was disappointed because I wanted MORE!, feeling cheated that this cool quartet of super heroes had done their job, and the credits rolled... kind like "The Sopranos", without the hype. Here is the sequel, and this film rocks! Mr. Fantastic and the troupe are back, with their powers, their very distinct personalities, and plenty of charm, ready to save the world, showing how a team works, like a true family.Best part of the movie is everything, from its impeccable special effects, demonstrating how special effect technology keeps improving, and how a simple story, when well developed and acted can produce chills down people's spines. While I'm seating in the audience, the children were reactions varied from: "that was bad" to "awesome, awesome, awesome...", and the best tribute to any of these films, "that wasn't boring at all, much better than...." The film moves quickly and...

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