Good summer flick, a lotta fun, great trailers, good cast.
Speaking of cast, though I think they made a major miss-step in making The Thing foam-rubbery-looking rock (instead of CGI, a la Hulk), I'm finding myself liking Michael Chiklis. Then, Jessica Alba (Sue Storm/The Invisible Girl) is (of course) incredibly watchable (Gorgeous? The comic book leading lady? And she can act?). I liked Julian McMahon (Dr. Victor von Doom) in The Profiler, and I'm looking forward to Prisoner. I'm still thinking about Ioan Gruffudd (Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic). He's a surprisingly prolific (professionally) young(ish) actor, so I think I'll check out King Arthur and a few of his other things and get back with you. He does do a good job with some rough dialogue, though.
Which leaves us with Chris Evans (Johnny Storm/the Human Torch), who is a lot of fun in this flick. He looks like he's haveing a fun, and his scenes feel authentic.
Other than the movie, my trailer awards include the following:
- Best Trailer: King Kong (still second to The Chronicles of Narnia; that one still makes me want to stand up and applaud).
- Best well-deserved 2nd chance for an actor: Jason Statham, in The Transporter 2. I've found Statham a joy to watch since Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and felt he gave us a taste of his future greatness in Snatch. The first Transporter film was terribly underrated, and I was worried the critical pan was going to short-circuit his career. The new film kicks off a 7 flick run over the rest of this year and next for Strathum, so I'm a happy camper.
Back to FF, I can't help but find it significant that the film opened a week after its planned release (so as not to compete with the July 4 launch of War of the Worlds), but has made $25 million more (in a week's less time).
I gotta think Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise find it significant, too ... ;-)