August 5th, 2005

Fairytale Princess Amy

Fantastic Four

So we went to see the Fantastic Four last night.
Theatre wasn't as empty as you might have expected, given the lateness of the hour and the fact that the movie has been out awhile.
My basic impressions: The characterizations were what I remembered from my childhood. Ben the always right, hard nose, "Next time, you'll listen to me!" kinda guy; Johnny the flashy know-it-all daredevil babe magnet; Reed wasn't his usual stuffy self. He was "oooh, so distracted scientist," but the Reed I remember was more than just that, he was so gosh darned proper and prissy in many respects, so he was a bit off. Susie was whiny and controlling towards Johnny (which is actually what I remember, although it's a bit more grating now), her characterization was the least like what I expected, although different enough from Dark Angel to show that Alba has some range, which is good news for her, although it really didn't do much for sue.
And Julian MacMahon's Doctor Doom was delicious in every respect. He plays with the flamboyance and style you'd expect from an evil (about to be) villain.
The breakout character of the flick was really Michael Chicklis. Reed Richards has never had a whole lot of depth, but The Thing has always been the secret softie beneath the hard shell and it really does come out here. The one quibble I had with his character is, Collapse )
The plot was a little thin, Collapse )
And them's my basic thoughts.
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Fairytale Princess Amy

Geek nursery rhymes

(credit to dargit for the spiderbot inspiration.

The itsy, bitsy, spiderbot climbed up the world web site!
Then came a virus and wiped the web site out.
Out came the sysadmin and cleaned up all the spam,
Then the itsy, bitsy, spiderbot climbed up the site again!