Showing 1 - 4 of 4 Reviews
Posted on 10/27/09 11:11 AM
A very funny, action-filled, suspensful film where you give a damn about the characters. The acting was much better than I would have suspected, the whole cast pulled their weight and Tarantino directed very well. I do admit to a guilty pleasure of seeing the Nazis be the target of the main characters' vengenace/hate and ultra-violence. This is a feeling much like Kill Bill, but even deeper. Then it opens questions for me later about how American culture always demonizes all enemies/opponents and encourages such feelings. I would say that this is Tarantino's best all-around film, in terms of all elements in the movie. I'll have to see how it stands up on multiple viewings.
Posted on 10/27/09 11:00 AM
Everything fun, original, and artful from Donnie Darko is absent from this movie. There is no humor or suspense in this film. It has a ludicrous premise and has awful acting, cast, script etc. Not only do I want the rental price refunded by the producer or director, but I want them to open a tangent universe for me where I didn't waste my time to watch this film. (My rating would be 0 but I'm not allowed to assign that rating.)
Posted on 10/06/08 08:39 PM
Not quite all I expected, but a great film nonetheless. The animation beautifully captured the simplicty and uniqueness of the graphic novel it is based on, and didn't disappoint. The story came through well and would make an impression on those who didn't read the graphic novel. The emotional impact overall wasn't as strong as the graphic novel, which I highly recommend.
Posted on 6/15/07 06:27 AM
I had some pretty low expectations for FF2. I have been a long time comic book fan and Silver Surfer is high on my list of favorites. I own every comic from the SS series, and many of his appearances from FF (even from the 60's). I know all the stories backwards and forwards. I watched Rotten Tomatoes with rising horror as story appeared about Galactus and as I learned story details, but I remained optomistic.
I watched the cartoon on fox, which had a decent story, but was hurt by it's uneven design: bad mix of "3D" (think Reboot but even worse!) and 2D.
I bought the terrible Silver Surfer game for NES (knowing it was terrible, but got it anyway.) This is the practically the hardest game in existence and is bad representation of the Silver Surfer.
I briefly played the OverPower card game. Admittedly it is almost the worst card playing game in history (that honor goes to Tomb Raider). The Silver Surfer card was less powerful than a sentinel from X-men, don't ask my how.
I'm used to terrible interpretations of SS and in my younger years I got unbelievable pissed off.
I just want to show that I have the potential to be a fanboy that will moan and complain and not have a balanced view. After so many adaptations of comics into movies, I don't expect for any movie to get it "right." I really wanted to see SS on screen despite the revised story I would be seeing.
I will point out digressions from the comic story in the movie, but these comments will did not stop my enjoymentof the film and won't be the focus of my review (but is a neat gimic)
In FF2, the effects are more polished than last movie, and pretty impressive all and all. SS could have done more, since he has god-like power, but that's fine. Galactus is interesting, but of course disappointing. My friend said he saw a face inside the storm, but I'm sceptical.
Sure, the acting falls flat like many comic book movies. I am looking at Jessica Alba in particular and Dr. Doom(I don't really care who played him because I don't care for his acting!) But at least the Fanstastic Four team itself has a little more chemistry and their bickering is not only fun but it adds something to the plot. The story is simple and that's a strong suit especially to people who aren't comic scholars.
Mr. Fanstastic and Invisible Woman are trying to get married and keep getting interrupted. Invisible Woman has a hard time dealing with feeling like a combination freak/celebrity and wants a normal life. Around the world atmospheric conditions are changing, and even natural formations (especially water in an impressive way) are changing from bizarre cosmic energy. The Army wants Mr. Fantastic to investigate/track the anomally. This energy is similar to the kind that transformed the hero's and doom. Meanwhile, we see that Doom is alive and well.
SS comes to NY and the Human Torch approaches him. SS flies at amazing speeds and has incredible energy output. His virtually indistructuble and can absorb energy as well. SS almost kills him. This contact with SS has an affect of Torch. Like the landscape, Torch's molecules are now affected. If he touches a team member he will swap powers with them. This is a great plot device and while it isn't in the comic book cannon of stories, it is possible. SS does have power over molecules.
Dr. Doom approaches SS and they have brief fight. This fight shows later in the movie that SS's power is tied to his board. Now this is a little stretch from the comics, but not terrible.
Mr. Fantastic finds a pattern in the SS's travels and comes to the conclusion, based on other planets that are destroyed in nearby galaxies, that the earth will be destroyed as well and SS must be stopped.
Dr. Doom and Mr. Fantastic are enlisted by the army to handle SS. SS and Invisible Woman talk for a bit and make a connection that will be important to the story. SS seems wooden, but his emotions is well hidden, due in part to his outsider status and the duties he has to perform. (destroying planets is not easy, he deals with it through detaching himself from his emotions)
Dr. Doom and Mr. Fantastic create a device to separate SS from his board and now he his pretty weak and is captured by the army and taken to an army base.
The army sides with Doom, the FF is imprisoned and SS is tortured/ questioned. Doom gets access to the board and reeks havoc. The FF find out that SS is just the servant to a greater power and his board will draw the devourer, like beacon. SS serves his master because he wanted to save his own planet.
The FF handled Dr. Doom even with super powers, but I won't say how if you haven't guessed. SS plays savior again at the end of this story, but I won't say how. This plot element is also a huge liberty on the storyline, but it allows for a satifactory ending.
END SPOILERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was surprised that this movie was pulled off in a way that would appeal to the general populace and the story wasn't terrible. As a fan, if you accept the altering of mythology, than you will enjoy it. Movies are a little like different comic stories. Each writer make his own rules. The way that powers works is less important to me than the characters themself. If I can view the film objectively for the movie that it is (with my interest in the SS) than anyone can.
FF2 has visuals, decent stories, not a lot of character development, but better inteactions between characters. This is the FF we know and love from the pages of the comic. FF2 is a lot of fun and if you can watch Spider-man 3 or X-men 3 and not grimace too much, you should be able to handle this movie. Much better than the first film, adds a lot to the story. If you haven't seen the first FF movie, you aren't missing much and don't need to see it. If you want to compare the two then see it, but don't let it discourage your viewing of FF2.
If you like the story read the comics sometime. SS's story on earth is reprinted often (just don't read the ultimates! read the real thing)SS is a great dramatic character. (but wait until after you see the film) They portray SS well in the film, but don't get to explore his character fully in only 90 minutes. I don't have a problem with long movies, but a short, contained film is nice treat sometimes.
"You know what really grinds my gears," about this film:
Portrayal of Dr. Doom is still not menacing, like the first film he was terribly cast. At least he gets to do some more evil deeds.
Portraryal of Galactus. ('nuff said)
Overall this film is watchable and likeable. Grind factor is relatively low. (if the grind factor is high than the flaws of the film really hurt the enjoyment of the film. like things that make you wince)