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The new Fantastic Four movie


Jalen and I went and saw “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” today. A couple thoughts…
For one, it wasn’t as awful as I had been made out to believe. The Silver Surfer, as portrayed through his spoken dialogue, came off as fairly accurate to the spirit of the original comic book character. This was a pleasant surprise.
Secondly, people should not expect the FF movies to take themselves too seriously. Obviously this franchise is going to be a little tongue-in-cheek, and given that our expectations were set along this trajectory in the first movie, complaining about the goofy moments in movie reviews is neither illuminating or relevant.
Thirdly, I’m sorry, I don’t get the hype about Jessica Alba. She looks terrible as a blonde, and she’s on the generic side of exotic brunette IRL. Big deal.
Finally, I’m really disappointed that they failed to show Galactus. He’s one of the coolest-looking characters in the Marvel Universe, and yet in this movie, he’s portrayed, more or less, as a menacing cloud/tornado thing. Weak. I realize the screenwriters would have felt the need to develop the characterization a bit more if they actually showed him in his giant humanoid form, but I have to say, a real bummer.
Jalen thought it was TOTALLY AWESOME. Then again, he LOVED the Ghost Rider movie too. Talk about a screenplay that makes absolutely no sense.

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