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Movie 102 – Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer – June 10th, 2010

Some time after the first movie we return to our heroes just in time for Sue and Reed’s wedding! Oh wait, of course we can’t just have a wedding. We need a crisis! Wait, no crisis, wedding! No, crisis! Obviously there’s a crisis, and it’s in the form of a mysterious comet-like thing that buzzes Earth, causing weird weather and electrical disturbances wherever it goes. The US military’s freaked out by it and interrupts Reed’s awkwardly special-effect laden bachelor party to try and get him to help, but he’s GETTING MARRIED! Yes, he turns down a project that has global importance, that could help stop something that’s giving off the same sort of radiation that gave our heroes their powers, because Sue will kick his ass if he postpones the wedding (of course he ends up taking the job anyhow and just doesn’t tell Sue, which is such a brilliant idea!).

Okay, an aside. I remember the stress of planning a wedding and it totally consumes your life and turns your brain into mush. At least, it did to me. So fine, I get it. She’s sick of postponements. I would be too. But when the government sends the military to your bachelor party to tell you about something that solidified a bay in Japan and made it snow on the pyramids at Giza and is making gigantic craters like that sinkhole in Guatemala only bigger? That’s a good reason to put off the nuptials. Or at least have a quiet and quick civil ceremony to get the legalities out of the way and save the matrimonial circus for later. It’s just weird to me. Sue’s worried about their lives being normal (or not, as the case may be), and that makes sense and all. But given the severity of the problem at hand, it makes her look petty. And then Reed lying to her pushes a personal button of mine. It’s played for both drama and humor and I don’t know, I find it lacking in both. Again, I want to shake everyone involved.

So right, Silver Surfer. Dude shows up from space to scout for planets for some other power to destroy and proceeds to make big holes all over the place and kick the butts of all four of our heroes. A one-on-one encounter with Johnny leaves Johnny with the bizarre ability to swap powers with the others. Then another encounter with Von Doom leaves Von Doom all healed up and pretty again, and hell bent on revenge on both the Fantastic Four and the Surfer. And then the military asks for Von Doom’s help and don’t keep him fucking locked up when he’s not working. Yeah, that’ll go well, obviously.

The team helps the military catch the Surfer but then the military locks them up while they torture him for answers or just because it’s fun, whatever. Von Doom asks to play with the surfboard as payment for his help, since the surfboard is the actual source of power, but turns out it’s also the beacon that draws the big planet destroying power (Galactus, aka hey, it’s the antithesis of life from Fifth Element!) and of course he betrays the military and takes the board. The Surfer himself isn’t so bad, he’s just a tool. So then they have to go get Von Doom before Galactus shows up. Why do people keep trusting the guy with DOOM in his name? I’m just boggled by this.

Of course there’s a climactic chase and fight sequence and that’s fun and all. I do like the fight. It’s fun and has some great effects and Galactus is nicely menacing and the jet thing Reed’s got is pretty fucking cool. I’ve got to say I do like the whole thing with Johnny’s character development. I like how it’s done and how he remains a fun character regardless of the serious thread he’s given. And I like the resolution to their problem with Von Doom, even if I don’t like how ridiculous it is that he was trusted in the first place. The end of Galactus is a wee bit unbelievable, but you’ve got to suspend your disbelief in a movie like this anyhow so that’s not so big a deal for me. What bugs me about this movie is the beginning and how back and forth and petty and goofy it seems. Especially in light of the 180 turnaround at the end. It’s just a weird and uneven juxtaposition of the two moods. Once the team gets moving on the main plot aside from Von Doom’s involvement I’m totally on board. But prior to that? I had to wonder if this would get the “it stinks!” tag. It doesn’t, but if you’re going to watch it, consider skipping a large chunk of the beginning. You won’t miss much more than Reed’s rubber man dance party.

June 10, 2010 - Posted by | daily reviews | , , ,

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