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Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
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Directed By
Tim Story

Written By:
Don Payne, John Turman

Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Doug Jones, Julian McMahon, Kerry Washington, Beau Garrett, Laurence Fishburne, Andre Braugher, Gonzalo Menendez, Peter Benson, Moneca Delain, Graeme Duffy, Kelly-Ruth Mercier, Ulla Friis, Fabrice Grover, Heather Cant

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
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Movie Review by The Alpha Craig
September 9th, 2007

It's clobberin time 2: Electric boogaloo

In the vein of T2, Spiderman 2, and Attack of the Clones (ewwww I feel dirty mentioning the unholy SW franchise) this sequel was received much better than the predeceasing film in the series. As I mentioned in my Fantastic Four review, all of the obligatory character introductions were taken care of so now the universe in which this movie takes place is properly set up. That allowed this sequel to be a fun ride with action, humor, mild drama and new characters brought into the fold.

In this story Reed Richards and Sue Storm are about to get married, but Richards can't quite pull himself away from his work (which is further antagonized by the fact that the team now has corporate sponsorship.) Richards finally gets to the altar on the day of the ceremony and everything seems fine until it is interrupted by an alien visitor, a silver humanoid on a metallic surf board, who heralds a great threat. Richards traces the alien's journey to earth in an effort to find out more about him only to discover that every planet he had visited was destroyed several days later. To top it all off, the team is also visited by a former acquaintance that has a hidden agenda.

I can't really say anything bad about this movie. It was inspired by Fantastic Four #48-50, in which the new threat in this movie makes an appearance, as well as issues 57-60 in which Dr. Doom steals the Silver Surfer's power. The core cast of the first movie returns for the sequel and everybody is still on their A game. Of course this time around I was totally distracted by Jessica Alba's artificial blond hair and blue eyes. It was so obviously unrealistic that it aesthetically detracted from her performance. Her portrayal in this movie, as well as the rest of the cast seemed to be very much on par with Marvels current portrayal of the characters in the respective comic book series. Everything seemed to fit in with the contemporary look and feel the book's current incarnation portrays. The addition of Doug Jones (HELL BOY) is the embodiment of the Silver Surfer with Laurence Fishburne contributing the voice was a perfect choice. Initially the script was to be written with Prince Namor/Submariner as the antagonist instead of the Silver Surfer. Hopefully that will come to fruition if a third installment is made. This was also the first installment of the Marvel comic adaptation movies to be made in the last 5 years to have Stan Lee (the man behind the creation of most of the Marvel line-up) make a cameo appearance as himself. "I should be on the list, I'm Stan Lee" he says as he is thrown out of Reed Richards and Sue Storms wedding is priceless. I really think that this movie made amends for those who were disappointed by the first one and continued to entertain those who enjoyed the first movie (and you know who you are so quit being embarrassed about it.) I hope there is a third and they continue to ride the wave of momentum built up from this movie.

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