“Not that. Dear God, anything but that. WHY????” That was pretty much my thought process when I found out that not only was a sequel going to be made for the Fantastic Four, but what the plot was going to involve. Never had I been more afraid of how much a movie was going to suck than with this movie. Of course, that does beg the question; if I was so worried about how bad this movie was going to be, why do I own it. I am not even going to try and explain that one so let’s just get on with today’s movie, Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer.
The plot: As Reed and Sue handle the preparations for their upcoming wedding, a mysterious silver object has appeared in the Earth’s atmosphere, causing strange phenomenon to occur. When it passes over New York during the wedding, Reed sends Johnny to chase after it, only to discover that the object is a silver alien riding on a surfboard. After his encounter with the Silver Surfer, Johnny’s cells become unstable, causing him to be able to temporarily switch powers with his teammates. Meanwhile a revived Dr. Doom has partnered with the army in an attempt to stop the Surfer from causing more damage to the Earth. Sue manages to talk to the Surfer and find out why he has come to Earth, but before she can convince him to stop, he is attacked by the army and winds up captured. While Sue gets more information from the Surfer and tries to free him, Doom manages to steal the Surfer’s power and use it for his own conquest of the Earth. As the Fantastic Four try to stop a super powered Dr. Doom, an even bigger threat looms on the horizon in the form of the Silver Surfer’s master, the planet devouring Galactus.
While it did get a slightly higher score than it’s predecessor, 37% on Rotten Tomatoes, the critics were still pretty negative about this movie. Just about all of them agreed that while it had good special effects, the movie itself was juvenile and simplistic with little benefit beyond the special effects. Jessica Alba was actually nominated for two Razzies in this movie, one for worst actress and one for worst couple with Ioan Gruffudd, but lost once again, this time to Lindsay Lohan. Still, the movie was a commercial success by earning $289 million worldwide, although this was less than what the previous film made.
Ok, this isn’t Catwoman bad but this is still a terrible movie. In fact, aside from the special effects, there were very few things I liked about this movie. As a comic fan, I hated the plot. The silver Surfer and Galactus were one of the biggest impacts on Marvel Comics because it introduced the cosmic entities into the Marvel Universe. In the comics, Galactus was the survivor of the universe that existed before the current one, and as such became a being of unlimited cosmic power. So how is he portrayed in the movie, a giant gas cloud. That just annoyed the hell out of me. I get that they didn’t want to show an actual figure in the movie but they could have simply shown his worldship or even just him as a shadowy visage and it would have been better than a giant cloud. As for the rest of the movie, the acting was bad. The dialogue was bad. About the only thing in the movie that made me laugh was Stan Lee’s cameo. But that hardly made sitting through this worth it.
As bad as the first movie was, this one was worse. Seriously, don’t waste your time.
Rating: 1 out of 5