Director: Tim Story
Cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Chiklis, Jessica
Alba, Chris Evans, Julian McMahon
RunTime: 1 hr 32 mins
Released By: 20th Century Fox
Official Website: www.fantasticfourmovie.com
Opening Day: 14 June 2007
Marvel’s first family of superheroes, the Fantastic
Four are back in this sequel to the 2005 blockbuster. The
superhero team includes: Reed Richards / Mr. Fantastic, who
can elongate his body; Susan Storm / Invisible Woman, who
not only can become invisible at will but can render other
objects invisible; Johnny Storm / Human Torch, who can shoot
fire from his finger tips and bend flame; and Ben Grimm /
The Thing, a hideously misshapen monster with superhuman strength.
The Fantastic Four meet their greatest challenge yet as the
enigmatic, intergalactic herald, The Silver Surfer, comes
to Earth to prepare it for destruction. As the Silver Surfer
races around the globe wreaking havoc, Reed, Sue, Johnny and
Ben must unravel the mystery of the Silver Surfer and confront
the surprising return of their mortal enemy, Dr. Doom, before
all hope is lost.
Forget Spidey, Captain Jack and that bland green ogre. The
coolest dude to literally surf through this year’s summer
blockbusters is The Silver Surfer. And upping the cool factor
is how he sounds just like the zen Morpheus from the Matrix
the voice for this intergalactic herald is Laurence Fishburne,
and the actor playing this Marvel Comics creation is Doug
Jones. The underrated actor is a favourite for hiding his
face behind masks – he played the odd aqua creature
Abe Sapien in 2004’s Hellboy and the creepy Pale Man
in 2006’s Pan’s Labyrinth.
seamlessly CG-created character has to square off with Marvel
Comic’s first superhero family The Fantastic Four. Disney/Pixar’s
The Incredibles were probably inspired by them, thought they
differentiated themselves with a red-themed costume,
as Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) and Sue Storm (Invisible
Woman) thought they could settle down to lead normal lives
(they even want to have kids), along came The Silver Surfer
on his cool surf board, wreaking destruction wherever he goes.
Trouble also comes in the form of Dr. Doom – No, the
filmmakers did not kill him off in the 2005 movie.
exciting lives superheroes lead, we hear you say.
popcorn flick provides 92 minutes of lightweight, harmless
and unsurprisingly, juvenile fun. Remember how Jessica Alba’s
Invisible Woman made male viewers drool with her naked wardrobe
malfunction? You’ll get that in this sequel. Remember
how Chris Evan’s Human Torch irritated mild-mannered
viewers with his irksome egoistic behavior? You’ll get
that in this sequel too.
repeating the fun formula is exactly what this movie is all
about. And returning director Tim Story has given us just
Chiklis still makes us wonder how he managed to survive the
hectic shooting schedule behind The Thing’s bulky orange
outfit. And Ioan Gruffudd still looks kind of bored playing
Mr. Fantastic, despite the mindlessly entertaining fun going
With a plot involving world destruction, the filmmakers jumped
at the chance to utilize the effects created by the computer
animation unit to blow up skyscrapers and turn oceans into
wastelands. Other than Mr. Fantastic’s awkwardly uncomfortable
stretching, the other effects do not disappoint.
you see, for a popcorn flick like this, no one really cares
about intense character developments, how climatic crises
are detected by sophisticated machines, and all other attempts
by the scriptwriters to insert themes of responsibility and
nobility into the story.
we have Alba’s perfectly toned skin in place, Evan’s
cheeky one-liners littering the movie, Chiklis’ amusing
performance inside his orange suit, creator Stan Lee’s
obligatory cameo, and not forgetting the uber-cool surfer
dude, then we would be duly satisfied.
know how you money-raking financers and distribution companies
are already planning this: Bring on the next sequel!
Silver Surfer will coolly breeze you through one and a half
hours of mindless, entertaining fun)
Review by John Li