The worst thing about Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer is that it didn’t have to suck. I mean, I went in knowing it would suck, but as the movie went on, I realized it really didn’t have to suck. There was a lot of bad stuff, mostly in the form of really bad comedy, which is unfortunate, because it lowers the film to what the uneducated masses think of comic books: immature stupidity.
But those of us in the know are well aware that comic books can be very intelligent, even if the lead characters have amazing powers and wear funky clothes.
But this movie touched on much more serious matter with the introduction of the Silver Surfer, and his tragic story.
Yes, the inclusion of the Silver Surfer, who was once known as Norrin Radd on his home planet, is the only plus in this movie. While he’s all CGI and it takes a little while to “believe” he’s actually there, the FX guys, as well as Doug Jones, who provided the body movements on which the Surfer’s actions were based, and the noble voice of Laurence Fishburne, which gives the character a personality, subdued and stoic as it is, really bring the film up a notch.
Sadly, that basically just saves the movie from being an “F”.
The rest of it is just that bad.
It even has a dance scene that’s shamefully bad, and almost made me long for “dark / emo” Peter Parker’s dance scene from SPIDER-MAN 3. No, really.
There’s already talk of a Silver Surfer spin-off flick. If that happens, they better get it right. They better keep it serious, and they better do a better job of explaining, realizing the whole “Herald of Galactus” thing, which was handled…questionably…in this flick.
Well, this movie’s already made some decent scratch at the box office. Despite kinda sucking too, the FIRST FLICK was a “hit”, so maybe this one will be too, despite it’s many, many flaws. I just hope the next Marvel Comics movie is a major step up.