The Silver Surfer goes for gold …
When the main complaint about the first movie is: ‘there is not enough action’, what do you do? That’s right, you up the ante.
Not only because that is what your audience expects. After all, every single half-decent action sequel has to increase the risks to wet the appetite of the millions of action junkies waiting in line to buy a ticket. But you also do it because it gives you the chance of creating more spectacular scenes.
In the case of Fantastic Four, it was simply a way to survive. Even though Part 1 wasn’t all that bad, it wasn’t quite the home run they had hoped for. And so, director Tim Story delved deep into the storyline out his first movie to figure out what he could improve … and ultimately ended up making a sequel that’s better in every single department.
Not only have our four fantastic friends returned, but this time they are pitted against an enemy who’s easily one of the most powerful of the entire Marvel-industry. An entity so powerful even the combined forces of Mister Fantastic, the Invisible girl, the Human Torch and the Thing might not even be enough to save the world.
And when Doctor Doom makes a surprise visit, we are left guessing whether he will actually join our super team mates to save the world … or he will once again choose the dark side of his soul and side by the destructive force that threatens the planet.
The strange thing about Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer is that there are in fact two new super powers at play.
First and foremost you have the titular character. He is named the Silver Surfer and although he is much more powerful in the comic-books, he still gets to show off in this sequel. Telling you what he did that’s so impressive even Johnny Storm (you know, the guy on fire) pauses for a moment and takes a breather would spoil the surprise, but suffice to say: the Silver Surfer is one of the smoothest and coolest characters ever to grace the, err, silver screen since Marvel started making superhero-movies.
The Silver Surfer doesn’t just fly on a board, but he is impervious to bullets, any superpowers and even Earth’s gravity. Talk about some nasty opponent …
As expected from a sequel – and as mentioned above – there is lots more action to be had. It isn’t much more impressive in terms of action, but fortunately the special effects-department comes to the rescue. Not only does the Silver Surfer look pretty darn impressive, but his actions speak louder than anything we’ve seen so far in both movies.
Clearly this sequel has a higher price tag than its predecessor as everything from special effects to aerial fighting sequences are bigger and better. The movie also presents a nice array of different locations – it would look pretty stupid to make a movie about the end of the planet and only refer to New York (a mistake Hollywood has only made too often).
The action itself is nothing groundbreaking, but it’s enough to keep you in awe from time to time. There is, for example, a death of a certain soldier which is in one word: marvelous! You’ll know which scene I’m referring to when the moment passes …
The acting is as usual. Pretty good for a popcorn movie. And you are acquainted with the major players, so it’s a happy moment to see them again. And yes, there is a scene where Jessica Alba is naked … (perverts!)
Not much to tell about the story, except to say that the mere presence of the Silver Surfer will have a lasting impact on our 4 special friends … and their powers!
Give it to me straight:
Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer is better than the first film in every single department. Whilst part 1 was far from bad, it wasted a good-awful time explaining things, and worse, rationalizing things! This movie learns from the mistakes made in the past and treats the subject as what it is – a silly comic-book story!
Instead of long speeches on how the four superheroes were better off being humans, we are now instantly thrown in a whirlwind of action and beautiful special effects. Though it still takes some time before the first superhero engages in an epic battle, the very first scene of the movie by itself is alone worth-watching …
The action is better, the set pieces are bigger and the stakes have never been higher!
Is this movie fantastic? If not, it’s pretty darn close …
Give it to me short:
Did you see the first movie? No? Watch it …
Did you see the first movie? Did you like it? No? Avoid this one at all costs …
Did you see the first movie? Did you like it? Yes? You’ll LOVE this one!!
—–> good, solid Hollywood blockbuster but don’t watch it unless you’re a fan of fantasy stuff <——