Alan @ Transbuddha - wrote on 12/23/08
I don’t know what’s more bewildering to me that the people making this film thought it was good, that the studio deemed it acceptable to release, or that it made $150 million at the box office. The entire movie runs like an old Ed Wood film; it’s just catastrophically bad. The “plot” we are forced to buy: scientists who can’t tell the difference between seven hours and seven minutes but can make space age suits (form-fitting for Jessica Alba) that will miraculously get the same powers as the four, that the crap Michael Chiklis is covered in is rock, that Dr. Doom (one of Marvel’s oldest and most revered villains) is only a greedy businessman who becomes Magneto and just happens to keep a metal mask on his desk for the climax of the film, and New York City is the size of two square blocks as characters (super and plain human) miraculously appear just in time for the camera to pan to them. As for the acting and directing of the movie, since I found little evidence of either I’ll refrain from commenting. The film just looks cheap and poorly put together almost as if it was a fan film rather than a mega-million dollar summer blockbuster. The sad thing is that people still ate it up and the sequel was greenlit after the opening weekend tentativley titleed FF2: Still Craptastic (later renamed Rise of the Silver Surfer).