CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,
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"The Fantastic Four," a fun Summertime flick

"The Fantastic Four" is a fun Saturday matinee
science fiction based on a popular Marvel comic.
Professor Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffud) and his ex Girl
friend Sue Storm (Jessica Alba) work for corporate
captain Victor Von Doom (Julian McMahon). While on a
space station, Doctor Von Doom's team witnesses an
interstellar astronomical anomaly. Along with Sue's
brother Johnny (Chris Evans) and Ben Grimm (Michael
Chiklis), the five scientists are transformed into
mutants.

The conversion from normal life to mutant life is
funny when it happens to Reed, Sue and Johnny. Until
Ben's transformation, the tone had been light and
breezy with clever one-liners that foreshadow a
character's destiny. Yet when Ben is transformed into
the rock like "Thing," the tone takes on tragic
dimensions. Unlike his colleague's temporary
conversions, Ben's conversion as a human boulder is
permanent. During his first super heroic feat on a
Manhattan Bridge, Ben's inner goodness emerges. Given
that Ben and his colleagues were rescuing NYC firemen,
this sequence elicits a few tears.

It is not the superpowers or techno effects that
makes "The Fantastic Four," it is the four chambered
heart of the story. Von Doom's motivations seem
reasonable, but with evil consequences. The unrequited
romance between Reed and Sue resonates with a modern
day love life of a two professional individuals. It is
Ben's humor and sacrifice that makes "The Fantastic
Four" rise from the shallow pulp standards of science
fiction.
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