Everybody's a critic: 'Fantastic Four'

Friday, July 15, 2005
A scene from 'Fantastic Four'

Three stars (out of four)

Not having seen a preview of this movie, I didn't know what to expect, especially when the first 15 minutes of the movie didn't seem to be going anywhere. However, once the story unfolded and the "Fantastic Four" came onto the scene, the pace picked up considerably.

It was quite refreshing not to see superheroes behind masks, capes or anything else to hide their identity. It sets this movie apart from other superhero movies. Especially good ol' Johnny -- you have to love him!

And as usual, good prevails and the bad guy gets his, but is he really gone? We'll just have to wait for the sequel, which I'm sure will be soon. I would recommend this movie to children from 6 to 60.

It will entertain, not scare, the young ones, and for those of us who read comic books years ago, well, it is no Wonder Woman, but it will do!

-- Laverne Smith, administrative assistant

Three stars (out of four)

"Fantastic Four" is its own story, and it's interesting to see each character take on superpowers based on his or her strongest personality trait: Reed Richards is almost infinitely flexible (some would say spineless); Susan Storm tends to fade into the background when confronted or stressed out; Ben Grimm is rock-solid reliable; and Johnny Storm is a hotshot. Thus you get the elastic Mr. Fantastic, The Invisible Woman, the rock-like Thing and The Human Torch. It's doubly interesting to see the characters try to come to terms with their newfound powers while also having to learn to work with others similarly afflicted.

A few content issues, particularly The Human Torch's womanizing and devil-may-care attitude, may leave scorch marks on viewers. But for a fun, summer popcorn movie, "Fantastic Four" features more than its share of positive messages about family, calling, self-sacrifice and teamwork. So grab one of your close friends who enjoys superhero movies and run to the movie theater!

-- Donna Sternickle, business owner

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