Saw it today, and I’m surprised there isn’t a thread already. I searched and found a thread asking about Mr. Fantastic’s powers, a thread asking for FF backstory, a thread about the trailer, and a thread hoping the movie wouldn’t suck. If a mod feels this thread should be merged or closed or something well, I won’t cry myself to sleep.
Anyway, it didn’t suck. But, the casting could have been better.
Julian McMahon as Victor Von Doom: Didn’t convince me he’s the evil Dr. Doom I know. The actor also never convinced me he was an evil demon on Charmed. He does an okay job of a self-absorbed playboy plastic surgeon on Nip Tuck, and that’s pretty much the character of Dr. Doom. Either he didn’t know how to play Von Doom, or he didn’t care. Or he can’t act that great.
Jessica Alba as Sue Storm: So the new Sue Storm is also a brilliant scientist & MIT grad. I can buy that. Just not as played by Jessica Alba. She’s nice to look at though, and otherwise did a pretty good job of the future Mrs. Richards. She sure can get out of her clothes pretty fast when she wants to go invisible. There she is, being chased down the street by a mob of reporters & admirers, she rounds the corner and whoosh, she’s out of her clothes in like, two seconds! No wonder all the guys are fighting over her. I can’t help wondering though, what’d she do with her wallet & keys? :eek:
Ioan Gruffudd as Reed Richards: Hmm. Didn’t seem quite old or professorish enough to me, but otherwise okay. He might actually have done a better job as Von Doom. I think it’s his eyes. They seem a bit malevolent at times. They did a pretty good job of his stretching powers, and I liked it when Johnny, upon seeing it the first time said, “that’s gross.” I felt better about it, like the writers knew he was going to have the weirdest, silliest looking powers.
Chris Evans as Johnny Storm: Man, that boy’s got a body on him. Saying he’s got a “nice body” is sorta like saying Bill Gates is financially “well off.” He was well cast. All the girls want him, all the boys want to be him (and possibly want him), he’s cocky, hot-tempered, a thrill seeking daredevil, a prankster. Yep, I liked his portrayal. They did a good job with his & Ben Grimm’s picking on each other. “Where are you ears?” Great job with his flame powers. I loved the scene where he jumped off the building, gambling that he would actually be able to fly, then blasted away (flame on!) with that heat seeking missile right on his tail. Question, what’s this “never go nova” thing? It vaguely rings a bell, but I can’t remember for sure if that was something from the original comics? Was there really a danger he’d set the earth’s atmosphere on fire if he ever went nova?
Michael Chiklis as Ben Grimm: I really like Michael Chiklis, so I’m biased. But what the hey, I think he did a pretty good job of Ben Grimm. His Thing costume could have been a little better. Was it a costume, or was it CGI? It looked a bit too much like it was made of clay, rather than rock. I suppose the tragedy of his character is that he is really ugly, and he can’t turn if off like the others can. In the comics he eventually evolved into a more “cute” Thing, which made it hard to believe when people were supposed to react with fear & horror upon seeing him.
Kerry Washington as Alicia Masters: Huh? Our shy, sensitive sculptor Alicia is now all street-wise and hangs out in bars?