Directed by: TIM STORY
Starring: JESSICA ALBA, IOAN GRUFFUDD, CHRIS EVANS, MICHAEL
CHIKLIS, JULIAN MCMAHON
Released by: 20th Century
Short: The most-loved Marvel Comics series
finally comes to the big screen, with enough
action and comedy to please Fantastic Four fans of every age.
Quite Fantastic, but Definitely Fun
More Superheroes, the Merrier
comic-book movies go, "Fantastic Four" is pretty
good. Sure, there are silly moments that make you squirm—like
when the human wife of "The Thing" (played believably
by Michael Chiklis) goes onto a New York City street dressed
only in slinky lingerie—but overall this long-awaited
adaptation of Marvel Comics' most popular superhero series
is satisfying enough to make the young, old, and even
the hardcore comic fans happy they went to the movies.
story about five astronaut/scientists whose outer-space
exposure to cosmic radiation transforms them into superbeings,
Fantastic Four pits four of the mutants against the fifth,
who goes very, very bad as the movie unfolds. There are
plenty of funny scenes early on, as the four discover
and learn to harness their special powers. Each has a
specific talent: Mr. Fantastic, who can stretch his body
in any direction; the Invisible Woman, who can not only
disappear, but also create impenetrable force fields;
the Human Torch, who can set himself on fire while flying;
and the Thing, an ultra-strong rock creature who can bust
down walls with barely a touch. Combine these heroes with
tons of exciting special effects and action sequences,
and the flick moves right along. Of course, the story
is somewhat predictable; after all, this is a comic-book
movie and the good guys have to win.
It's a little hard to swallow Jessica
Alba as a crack geneticist (she's the female eye candy
in the movie), but otherwise the casting of characters
works, with Ioan Gruffudd believable as a brilliant scientist,
Chris Evans stealing every scene he's in as the cocky
Human Torch, and Julian McMahon bringing a suitably evil
edge to his scientist-billionaire businessman gone bad.
It doesn't hurt that those three are incredibly handsome
as well, proving that eye candy in comic-book movies isn't
only for the fan boys.
the PG-13 rating, there's really nothing in the "Fantastic
Four" that younger kids (say 9 or older) shouldn't
see. There is no blood, no sex, and little violence, so
families can go to this one together. And we'll bet that
most tweeners and teenagers will love this movie and add
an extra star to our rating.