Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer
(PG) 88min (20th Century Fox)
There are tons of big budget comics-based movies (most notably Iron Man, Wanted and The Dark Knight) on the horizon this year so it’s worth reminding ourselves of the last superhero blockbuster to hit the screens. Or is it?
After the origin-centred first instalment, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer opens with scientist Reed Richards’ (Ioan Gruffudd) marriage to Invisible Woman Sue Storm (Jessica Alba), which is interrupted by intergalactic traveller, the Silver Surfer (voiced by Laurence Fishburne), who declares that Earth will be devoured by his master, Galactus. Other quartet members The Thing (Michael Chiklis) and Johnny Storm (Chris Evans) jump into respective rock and flame gears just in time as the nefarious Doctor Doom (Julian McMahon) re-surfaces.
Despite an interesting premise, while not the worst comic book adaptation yet, this certainly comes close. Director Tim Story has aimed his movie at kids, teenagers and fans of soulless CGI with soap opera plotting. The Fantastic Four deserves so much better. Also available in two disc special edition with multiple extras.