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link is for a two-disc set of both "Fantastic 4" films.
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver
Surfer (2007): This is great! Better than the
first. The first time around, I wasn't too pleased when I heard
that they casted Michael Chiklis as The Thing and Jessica Alba as
Invisible Woman. They didn't look like the characters we know
from comics/cartoons. I was pleasantly surprised, however, when I
saw their performances in that film. This time around, they're
even better than before. They made Alba a lot "blonder" in this
film and she looks and acts more like the Susan Storm/Invisible Woman
we expect. Funny and sexy. Michael Chiklis still doesn't
look like Ben Grimm, but when he's The Thing, dang he's cool! He
captures Thing's dialogue perfectly, and the voice is an exact match to
what we would think it would be. It's hard to imagine anyone else
playing the parts of any of the Fantastic Four in future films.
They all did wonderful.
Of all the cast, Ioan Gruffud is the best match to
his character in looks and persona. His Reed Richards/Mr.
Fantastic was pleasing from the very start. Just a very cool,
friendly, and funny type of hero. Slightly nerdy in his genius
way, but more than competent. Job extremely well done.
Chris Evans is also great as Johnny Storm/Human Torch. This guy
is so funny. Johnny's a lot more arrogant in these movies than I
remember seeing him in comics and cartoons, but it really serves the
stories and makes him quite entertaining.
Julian McMahon returns as Victor Von Doom/Dr.
Doom. He plays a really cool character. Doom is just so
dang evil! So calculating evil! And so self-assuming.
His Doom is what you'd expect out of a supervillain. Nasty to the
core. I think McMahon is certainly a highlight in these two
films. It would be hard to do another FF film without his Dr.
The Silver Surfer went above and beyond my
expectations. The special effects were astonishing. I know
that they have incredibly good CGI these days, but everyone should be
pleased with how they handled the look and actions of the Silver Surfer
character. He is exactly like the comics character version.
But it sure doesn't sound like Laurence Fishburne's voice. I know
Fishburne did the voice for Surfer, but it doesn't sound like him no
matter how close I listen. The Surfer's voice was very
cool. Something about it sounded benevolent, yet
other-worldly. He was just a good inclusion to the film series
all the way around.
I thought how the makers of this film handled
Galactus was cool, but some people out there were disappointed.
In the comics, Galactus is in humanoid form and an impossibly big
giant. Here, Galactus is just a dark, destructive gas
cloud. I think the gas cloud version of Galactus is a lot more
believable than what they did in the comics. I liked it.
Pretty much, though, Galactus was a back-seat character to the
Fantastic Four and Silver Surfer. Don't let the way they did
Galactus upset your entire viewing experience. As we all know,
you can't be that much of a comics purist when it comes to live-action
In this second film, it's nice to see the heroes
finally comfortable with their powers. I'm so sick of the cliche
"superhero curse" that so many characters seem to have in comics and
shows these days. The Fantastic Four actually love their
superpowers and don't try to play them down. I also like it that
we finally see the Baxter Building as it is familiar to Fantastic Four
fans with the 4 insignia, etc. The flying Fantasticar also makes
its first appearance here. Awesome addition. I'm also very
pleased with the spectacular action and special effects. But the
dialogue is probably the coolest thing about the film. All the
characters have wit and charm. The first film was good for that,
but this second entry blows it out of the water.
All in all, this is a film series that is really
coming into its own. Long live the Fantastic Four!