It’s actually onerous to consider a Marvel superhero franchise that’s gotten as uncooked of a deal because the Fantastic Four. Obviously the heroes that bought to make their huge display screen debuts as a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe bought a head begin on greatness, however even the outliers have had their time to shine. Daredevil and Punisher bought a bunch of iffy motion pictures however then bought the star therapy on Netflix. Ghost Rider’s movie franchise was hit and miss, however his addition to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was a welcome one. Blade bought Blade, which began the entire trendy superhero film revolution. And after all the X-Men have 20 years of movies of their canon, and I do know each Marvel fan has to at least like one of them. At least!
And then there’s the Fantastic Four. They bought a low finances catastrophe movie debut within the ’90s in a film so unhealthy it was by no means launched. Then Fox rode X-Men’s recognition wave with a goofy AF superhero comedy in 2005, after which it went confusingly grim and gritty in 2015 to disastrous box office results. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby built the entire Marvel Universe on a basis they laid down with Fantastic Four #1 in 1961. It is ludicrous that no film has come near getting it proper! Well… sorta?
Okay, 2007’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer shouldn’t be a good film. It has a plot as skinny as newspaper and an actual 1961 thought of gender roles (Sue Storm simply desires an ideal marriage ceremony day, dammit!). Mr. Fantastic’s particular results have aged horribly, trying sub-CW degree. And as all the time, the flicks simply don’t perceive what makes Doctor Doom Doctor Doom. But all that being mentioned, Rise of the Silver Surfer is—and this appears like such faint reward—the most effective Fantastic Four film. It’s now streaming on Disney+, and y’know… go on and throw it on within the background.
The factor is, whereas Rise of the Silver Surfer shouldn’t be good, it truly does a fantastic job of capturing the slapdash, tonally off-kilter vibe of these first Lee/Kirby FF points. Those comics modified popular culture ceaselessly, however they have been additionally ridiculous—and this film is ridiculous. And as cringey as a number of the particular results are, Michael Chiklis’ rubber Thing swimsuit has an actual, virtually Muppet-y appeal to it. It matches Chiklis’ grumpy however lovable take on ol’ Ben Grimm. And clearly MCU followers ought to revisit this film as a result of it places Chris Evans’ Johnny Storm entrance and middle. It’s pleasant to return and see Chris “Captain America” Evans play a bro-y, bratty playboy. He has the vary! And additionally a gloriously furry chest!
But actually, this film’s success hinges on the character that’s proper there within the title. If you set the Silver Surfer within the title, you gotta get him proper. And y’know what? This film truly does proper by the Silver Surfer. Somehow, as terrible because the stretchy CG is, the consequences that carry this chrome-plated alien to life nonetheless look beautiful at the moment. And then simply take a look at the performers bringing this character to life: he has Laurence Fishburne’s voice and Doug Jones’ (The Shape of Water, Star Trek Discovery) motion! The film is sort of pushed into “actually kinda good” territory simply due to Silver Surfer alone.
We’re gearing up for one more reboot of the Fantastic Four, this time made by Marvel Studios as a part of the MCU and directed by Spider-Man: Homecoming helmer Jon Watts. We might have even seen some clues in WandaVision, or perhaps that’s simply conspiracy nonsense. Whatever—contemplating Marvel Studios’ observe file, we’re most definitely going to get the definitive FF film someday within the subsequent few years. Until then, we have now Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and that’s truly not nothing.