Big question: The original "Fantastic Four" made mega-bucks but didn't offer much excitement. Is "Surfer" any more fantastic?
Catch it: If you need your big-budget blockbusters to continually address fears of commitment and relationship woes. Between "Surfer," "Spider-Man 3," "Shrek the Third," this summer is like a never-ending episode of Dr. Phil.
Bottom line: Trapped between the real world and the comic book world, this flick doesn't know how to take to the air or entertain on the ground.
Bonus: Still working out to get that summer bod? Until you can squat a Ferris Wheel like The Thing, your work isn't done!
Matt Pais is the metromix movies producer.
'Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer'
Directed by Tim Story; screenplay by Don Payne and Mark Frost, based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby; photographed by Larry Blanford; edited by William Hoy and Peter S. Elliot; music by John Ottman; production design by Kirk M. Petruccelli; produced by Bernd Eichinger, Avi Arad and Ralph Winter. A Twentieth Century Fox release; opens Friday. Running time: 1:31. MPAA rating: PG (for sequences of action violence, some mild language and innuendo)
Reed Richards - Ioan Gruffudd
Sue Storm -Jessica Alba
Johnny Storm - Chris Evans
Ben Grimm - Michael Chiklis
Gen. Hager - Andre Braugher