Thursday, June 14, 2007

'Fantastic' fun

Justin Chang notes in Variety: "At a time when tortured superheroes like Spider-Man, Superman and Batman would benefit from some serious psychotherapy, it's almost refreshing to see a comicbook caper as blithe, weightless and cheerfully dumb as Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Faithfully mining one of the Marvel franchise's more intriguing mythologies, the sequel proves every bit as disposable as its predecessor, with even less character definition and several tons more poundage in the f/x department. Original grossed a surprising $330 million worldwide, and Silver Surfer should ride a heady wave of fan nostalgia and an audience-friendly PG rating to similarly golden returns."

Better still: It's only 91 minutes long. Speaking as someone who thought the previous Fantastic Four flick wasn't half-bad, I'm actually looking forward to flaming on with this one.

On the other hand: I'm sure at least one critic wishes he hadn't been so eager to see the movie.

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