So I went and saw Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer the other day. I must say, it wasn’t as horrible as I thought it would be. Granted, it did have it’s moments (as I’ll explain below), but it was a decent sequel, or at least as decent as it could be given the original movie (I wasn’t floored by the first Fantastic Four, either).
Superhero movies have the tendency to get campy. Most of the recent ones have, luckily, avoided that pretty well, albeit with some glaring failures (emo Spidey, anyone?). Batman Begins was good, all three X-Men were good, Superman Returns was all right (could have only been better with Chris Reeve). Sure Catwoman sucked, but she wasn’t really a superhero anyways. I know there are a lot of other superhero movies I didn’t mention, but that’s because I didn’t want to make an impromptu list of every superhero movie made recently. That’s what Wikipedia is for.
Anyways, Silver Surfer really wasn’t that bad. Good action sequences, good villains (Dr. Doom makes a reappearance!), and a good storyline, especially for fans of the Fantastic Four comics. All in all, it was typical but enjoyable summer movie fare. My biggest beef was the Fantasti-Car. If Reed Richards built it himself…why was it a freakin’ Dodge?! I mean, seriously. If the iconic Dodge grill design wasn’t enough, they had to show a Dodge commercial for the car before the movie. Come on! Blatant advertising within a movie is something that just doesn’t fly for me. It was the same way with Minority Report with the futuristic Lexus I had to keep hearing about. It’s okay to use branded stuff in a movie; just don’t overplay it.
Anyways, that’s my take on the movie. It really wasn’t too bad, unlike certain sequels (or should I say threequels? …I hate that word). Oh, and for anyone complaining about Galactus being just a giant cloud, be sure to look closely when the Silver Surfer is inside the cloud. There’s a glowing silhouette that’s the exact shape of the comic version’s helmet. Of course Stan Lee is going to make a homage. I personally think the movie would have been worse with a gigantic man threatening to consume Earth. Dark clouds are much more sinister.
Two absolutely hilarious videos I recently came across. Being the Star Trek, Queen, and Monty Python loving guy I am, I just had to share them. Enjoy!
Web browsers are interesting things. Most people don’t even care which they use. If you have Windows, you use Internet Explorer. If you have a Mac, you use Safari. If you’re smart, you use Firefox. But the operating system barriers have been slowly breaking down. Internet Explorer can be installed on Mac OS, although the Mac version is outdated and fairly crappy. Now, however, you can install Safari, the formerly Mac-only browser, on Windows. Granted, it’s only a beta version (more like an alpha, as I’ll later explain), but you can still try it out if you so like.
Continue reading ‘A Safari for the rest of us’
If you’ve been hiding under a rock (I wouldn’t blame you) for the past week or two, you should know that Paris Hilton is actually in jail. What a country, eh? (I just had to write something about her, didn’t I…)
What is it with critics these days? I mean, you’d expect them to know something about movies, but ever since Roger Ebert ripped on Harry Potter for being too silly, I’ve begun to see movie critics more like I see politically-opinionated 12 year olds: worthy of being humored, not trusted to actually know what they’re talking about.
Such is the case with the past couple editions of Pirates of the Caribbean. Everyone loved the first, even the critics. They claimed it was the rebirth of the pirate genre. Then they went and ripped on the second and third for being too overblown and confusing. Eh, what? Now, I’ll concede that At World’s End, the most recent, wasn’t the best. But I’ve heard numerous claims that the story was so confusing that no one could possible understand it. This is straight from (I assume) professional movie critics. If they can’t understand a movie, then no one can, right? Wrong. I watched the third Pirates not too long ago and I knew exactly what was happening the entire time. Yes it was a bit confusing at times, but it wasn’t that hard to follow if you possessed a brain and two eyes. Okay, one eye might suffice, but you get the point.
I’m not quite sure why I’m even bothering to write this, considering anyone smarter than a fifth grader (a small number if Foxworthy’s show is any indicator) knows that movie critics and moviegoers are on vastly different pages when it comes to what makes a movie good. The Pirates franchise is a good example of that. The second and third movies raked in the big bucks at the box office, even as critics decried them as the downfall of pirate movies and prayed to the gods of Hollywood that there would be no more sequels.
I could go on about how high-brow entertainment that makes you actually think is consistently being torn down as too confusing, which is a direct result of the decreasing attention spans of Americans, but I think that’s a blog for another time, given I don’t get sued by any movie critics any time in the near future.
(The title of this post is a reference to a movie review in Time, if you were wondering.)