4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer


The second FF movie (well, third, technically) captures all its title characters perfectly. Unfortunately, it fails with its villains, as both Victor von Doom and Galactus are a total disaster–as is the ridiculous plot, as they take one of the greatest comic book stories of all time and botch it. The great superhero movie rewatch gazes upon Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

An excerpt:

So many things here don’t make sense, starting with how, exactly, the U.S. Army is able to run operations on foreign soil like the UK, Germany, and especially Russia without any kind of presence from local military forces. (Apparently, early drafts of the script had Nick Fury in the role that eventually became Hager. This would’ve worked way better with S.H.I.E.L.D. than it does with the Army.) How does the Fantasti-Car get literally halfway around the world in ten minutes? How does Johnny exchanging powers with anyone he touches translate to him getting everyone’s powers at the end, which is contradictory to how it worked in the movie up to that point? (At the very least, his flame powers and ability to fly should have been transferred to one of the other three.) How does the Surfer actually stop Galactus? (He just sorta flies into him and Galactus collapses in on itself, and that’s it, and holy shit is it anticlimactic.)

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