It's Clobberin' Time!
C. CRADDOCK | Bakersfield | 09/20/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Fantastic Four was better than Daredevil, but not as fantastic as either of the two X-Men. Someone said that, and that sums up the Fantastic Four pretty well. 2 + 2 = 4. Or does it?
Fantastic Four was one of the original Marvel Comics, and it ran the longest. The film version stayed pretty true to the spirit of the original by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, but it was a pretty old fashioned story to begin with. Sure there were little updates here and there, topical references to Dr. Phil, Donald Trump, X-Games, Larry King---wait, Larry King was probably around before the Fantastic Four even began? Anyway, I think that they did a good job, and there were great special effects, but in this day and age, it just doesn't thrill us, because people have become much more cynical and jaded. But let's take a closer look:
First of all, Jessica Alba is a major star. She hasn't been in that many films yet, but somehow she has just arrived on the scene, and you know that she was made to be a movie star. She also seems like she is a down-to-earth and likeable person. In this film, though, her super power as Sue Storm is that she turns invisible, and also has an invisible force field that she throws around. OK, now let's think for a moment. You have someone who looks like Jessica Alba, and she is invisible? That seems like a huge waste.
Susan Storm: [invisible] Look at me!
Reed Richards: I can't.
They play around a bit with having her take her clothes off, because her clothes aren't invisible, and then sometimes she can't control her power so well at first, so she reappears in embarassing situations.
Susan Storm: [stripping off her clothes while trying to escape the mob] I can't believe I'm doing this again!
'Nuff said! Now we have her brother, Johnny Storm. He is kind of a show off, so his power of bursting into flames really suits him. Chris Evans made a great Johnny Storm. Check him out in The Losers, too. He really steals every scene he's in, both in The Losers and in Fantastic Four. Word on the street is that he is also going to be Captain America when that is made into a movie. Johnny and Ben Grimm have a real rapport going. Actually, they don't get along at all.
Ben Grimm: Hey, no more wise cracks about the way I look.
Johnny Storm: Hey, call me Mr. Sensitivity.
Johnny Storm: [walking through the crowd] Okay, wide load coming through! Everybody move! He's huge!
Ben Grimm: Hey! Come here, Mr. Sensitive.
Johnny Storm: Flame on!
Ben Grimm: Show-off!
[Johnny flies into the sky to make a fiery 4]
Johnny is a player, anxious to use his fame and flame to get women, money, and good times. He walks into a bar, walks up to a group of beautiful women, and says "I need names... and shots. Bartender!" Wish I could display that kind of bravado. Ben Grimm, on the other hand, feels like no one could ever love him, that he is a hideous monster. Ben Grimm is played by Michael Chiklis, and therein lies his problem: Chiklis = Chick Less. No wonder he's lonely. I guess that Michael Chiklis could really relate to the Ben Grimm character, and that is why he did such an outstanding job.
Susan Storm: We're all in this together, Ben.
Ben Grimm: Together? Susie, look at me. You got no idea what I'd - what I'd give to be invisible.
Against all odds he does hook up, though. Hey, if Bukowski could get women, there's hope for the rest of us. Even Benjamin Grimm. He encounters a black, blind woman in a bar, who is really beautiful. She is played by Kerry Washington.
Alicia Masters: You know, being different isn't always a bad thing.
Ben Grimm: Trust me, this ain't one of them times.
Alicia Masters: Not if you don't want it to be.
They share a moment together, but you wish they would have delved into this relationship a little deeper. Where is this going? Does Alicia Masters appear in the sequel? Stay tuned, same Grimm time, same Grimm channel.
Ben Grimm: You know, you could'a run an ad in the personals.
Alicia Masters: Sensual blind chick seeks three-ton, rock-hard he-man for deep spiritual relationship.
Ben Grimm: [sounding more hopeful than realistic] This ain't permanent. My friend Reed is working on a cure... I think.
Alicia Masters: Bennie... you feel good 'as is'.
Speaking of relationships, there is a kind of triangle between Reed Richards, Sue Storm, and Victor von Doom. Reed was with Sue, but they broke up.
Susan Storm: [to Reed] You're such a dork.
Now Reed, the cerebral sort that he is, thinks that Sue is better off with her boss, the rich and powerful von Doom. She is waiting for Reed to react, to fight for her love, but while he is super intelligent when it comes to physics, he is a wash out with chemistry, namely, he can't see that he and Sue have lots of chemistry together. The actor who plays Reed is all right, but with a name like Ioan Gruffudd he has to be good. It's Welsh, by the way. Now Reed Richards can stretch and bend his body into any shape. You wonder when they are going to get to the question: Any body part? Would they go there? They go there.
X Games Reporter: [about Reed] Is it true what they say about him? That he can expand *any* part of his anatomy?
Not only could he do that, he could also be his own prophylactic. Bada bing bada boom. In spite of his unlimited potential, he gallantly steps aside, until Victor comes out of the closet in full on Dr. Doom drag:
Victor Von Doom: Do you really think fate turned us into gods so we could refuse these gifts?
Susan Storm: Victor, you *always* thought you were a god. Now back off.
Victor Von Doom: Susan, let's not fight.
Susan Storm: No, let's!
Yes, let's! The Bottom Line is that Fantastic Four is more than adequate, but the story, even with the contemporary updates, is still pretty old fashioned. Jessica Alba is lovely, but we'd like to see more of her. But you can't, because she's invisible. Flame on. Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis had a handle on their characters, and both of them really stood out. It's clobberin' time! Ioan Gruffudd and Julian McMahon held down the fort as Mr. Fantastic and Dr. Doom, respectively. The sultry and sensual Kerry Washington showed a lot of potential--let's hope she returns in the sequel. Great special effects. Pow! Bang! Ker-blooey! To recap: Better than Daredevil, but not as fantastic as either of the X-men movies.
X Games Reporter: [referring to Ben] What is that? What do you call that thing?
Johnny Storm: That's it - the Thing. Yeah, you think this is bad, you should have seen him before!
Ben Grimm: Okay. Now I'm gonna go kill him!
Jessica Alba ... Sue Storm
Sin City (2005) Jessica Alba was Nancy Callahan
Honey (Widescreen Edition) (2003) Jessica Alba was Honey Daniels
Chris Evans ... Johnny Storm
The Losers (2010) Chris Evans was Jensen
Push (2009) Chris Evans was Nick Gant
Ioan Gruffudd ... Reed Richards
W. (Widescreen) (2008) Ioan Gruffudd was Prime Minister Tony Blair
Wilde (Special Edition) (1997) Ioan Gruffudd was John Gray
Michael Chiklis ... Ben Grimm
Nixon - The Election Year Edition (1995) Michael Chiklis was TV Director
Wired [VHS] (1989) Michael Chiklis was John Belushi
Julian McMahon ... Victor von Doom
Meet Market (2008) Julian McMahon was Hutch
Kerry Washington ... Alicia Masters
Life Is Hot in Cracktown (unedited version) (2009) Kerry Washington was Marybeth
Reporter- City TV: Excuse me. That thing doesn't look so fantastic.
Reed Richards: Ben Grimm is a genuine American hero.
Johnny Storm: What he means is, every team needs a mascot.
[the reporters laugh]
Johnny Storm: A new day is dawning. *The day of the Fantastic Four!*
Fun Comic Superhero move
01Rogue | Laramie, WY United States | 08/16/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this movie! It gives me the feelings I remember from when I used to read comic books. It's colorful and fun, without all the intense violence and bleak tragedy a lot of modern movies seem to strive for. I like all the actors in their respective roles and some of the special effects are great.
I appreciate and love some top rated movies that have big actors and an intricate story and wonderful film making, there are some amazing movies out there. But usually, I watch a movie to go for a ride and have fun and this is one of my favorites."