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20 July 2005
  A Funtastic Time
Summer movies, and the livin' is easy
Fantastic Aardvark 4
I took the grandvark to see the Fantastic Four last night. He loved it and kept trying to spontaneously combust all the way home. I must have heard, "Flame on!" at least fifty times between the theater, Barnes & Noble, and home some 40 miles away.

My review? Well, I've been reading the comics since I kicked over my first ant hill, so my prejudices — for good or for bad — would certainly come into play. Overall, it was faithful to the Marvel Universe. Like a number of comics and comics made into films, details about origins and interactions have changed slightly since the original. The cast was a mixed bag. Michael Chiklis nailed both Ben Grimm and The Thing and Chris Evans had all the attitude that Johnny Storm (Human Torch) needed. Julian McMahon was an engrossing Dr. Doom and his slide into overt evil was fascinating to follow. Jessica Alba's Sue Storm (Invisible Girl) probably could have been better filled by a slightly older, more mature actress, but she wasn't bad. You could certainly see what Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) saw in her. Unfortunately, the reverse wasn't as true. Ioan Gruffudd's characterization didn't really show what she saw in him, although he certainly was the preferred option to Doom.

Overall opinion: A good summer movie and a fun time with the grandvark.
 
Comments:
Never mind the movie, the cartoons here are great!
 
My daughter saw the movie last night and loved it.
 
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