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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Posted on Thu, Jun 21, 2007 at 4:00 AM

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Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Rated: PG
Cast: Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis
Director: Tim Story
WorkNameSort: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Our Rating: 3.00
Having unceremoniously face-raped Marvel Comics' bedrock mythos with 2005's Fantastic Four, Tim Story had nowhere to go but up. FF2 proves that he at least knows which direction 'upâ?� is, even if he only manages to get there half the time. Recurring are most of the drawbacks of the first installment, including wearisome scripted banter, inconsistent performances, technical corner-cutting and an overall eagerness to pander. Yet there are many instances in which the storm clouds part and the film becomes an honest-to-God Fantastic Four movie, not just a sick parody of same. Most impressive of all is a heart-to-heart between the Invisible Woman and the galaxy-spanning Surfer ' impressive not because of anything that's said, but for the realization that you're watching the screen be dominated by Jessica Alba and a piece of CGI (two of the least lifelike things in modern film) without ever once experiencing the urge to gnaw through your own shoulder.

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