Friday, June 29, 2007

Rave: Fantastic Four, Rise of the Silver Surfer


Starring: The awesome foursome Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, and Michael Chiklis. With Julian McMahon as the resurrected Victor Von Doom.

Cameo: Needless to say, this has to be the best Stan Lee cameo ever. Being denied entry in a wedding he literally created -- that's classic. This scene was actually taken from an actual Fantastic Four comic entry where both Stan Lee and Jack Kirby (artist) are escorted off the wedding premises for "crashing" the party. Too bad they weren't as slick as seasoned wedding crashers Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn.

Note-worthy Acting: Laurence Fishburne barely said more than five words at a time, but lending his voice for the Silver Surfer character was just awesome. For a while there I even imagined Morpheus talking. Evans was hot -- pun intended -- so I might be a wee bit biased with his acting. I definitely have to give Gruffudd a plus. I mean, he's definitely come a long way since Titanic (he was the guy shouting out to the mass of dead people in the ocean after the ship had sunk..."hello, is there anybody alive out there" or something like that).

In A Nutshell: Sue (Alba) and Reed (Gruffudd) are finally ready to say their I-dos until an uninvited entity crashes the wedding (no, not Stan Lee) and, coincidentally, the planet. Armed with his power cosmos and uber nifty surfboard, the Silver Surfer causes the elements to go array. Massive holes are found all around the Earth, climates go coo-coo, even the Human Torch's (Evans) powers are literally touch-and-go. The Fantastic Four are faced with a grave dilemma and it's all up to the Silver Surfer to save -- or destroy -- the world.

Die, Galactus, DIE!!! I give it 8/10 because I can.

I was supposed to post this like last week, but just never got to it. This, by the way, is a special tribute to my friend Curt, who's always been the real Silver Surfer to me.

I'm seeing The Transformers later, so I thought I better get this done and over with. My brother has seen the Autobots square off with the Decepticons at a sneak preview around midnight the other night (lucky mustard). He said it was way better than Fantastic Four, but how could you even begin to compare robots with...with...the delicious Johnny Storm?!?

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