xFANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER
92 minutes |
Even as a 10-year-old Marvel Comics
fan I knew that the Silver Surfer (voiced by Laurence Fishburne) was a dumb
character: I mean, the guy travels through space on a surfboard. But he comes
as a stroke of genius compared to the mess Tim Story has made of this sequel.
Stretchy genius Mr. Fantastic (Ioan Gruffudd) plans to wed the Invisible Girl
(Jessica Alba), but she’s already started henpecking him, insisting that he
“focus on the wedding” instead of tending to his superhero duties. Her brother
the Human Torch (Chris Evans) remains as charming as an extra in a Coors beer
commercial, and the Thing (Michael Chiklis) still seems to be adjusting to
hands that look like rubber catcher’s mitts. When the Surfer drops in,
unleashing doomsday, they try to get their act together, and so does the movie.
But despite the gratuitous allusions to Gitmo, the third rate effects and
two-bit characters make this a summer wipeout.