4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) Reviewed

4: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER (aka Fantastic Four 2) (2007)
Although I don’t remember anyone clamoring for a sequel, FF2 delivers what the original didn’t — particularly action and better effects. The mysterious Silver Surfer has arrived on earth to ultimately destroy it with his matter-mutating powers. But it turns out he’s really not a bad guy, and with a voice like Larry Fishburne’s and that sleek silvery surf board how could you hate him? Dr. Doom returns as nothing more than a minor plot device. Characters, having been clumsily and broadly defined in the original seem to make a little more sense this time and the authentic comic-booky writing keeps things light and fun. Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman’s wedding is a central focus, filling the comic-book movie’s mandator “love-is-hard-when-you’re-a-superhero” story quota. As forgettable as the original but far more fun and a solid entry into Marvel’s increasingly impressive roster of superhero movies.**1/2

~ by Number5ive on February 19, 2010.

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