Posted by Saint on Fri, 09/09/2005 - 10:24am.
I liked the Punisher. Stupid, campy, bad acting, sure--you know the movie is in trouble when Dolph Lundgren turns in the best performance--but for some reason, I still liked it. It was better than some of Lundgren's other movies; Masters of the Universe springs to mind. Which reminds me--one of the new managers in our store looks like Evil Lyn. Though I guess it might be more accurate to say she looks like the actress that played Evil Lyn, I have a hard time not thinking of her as "Evil Lyn" which makes it hard to page her, because I can't easily recall her real name.

To get back on-point, though: Fantastic Four had to get past the basic silliness of itself (I never did understand the phenomenon of silly putty heroes like Mr Fantastic and Plastic Man; and the idea of a villain putting on a suit of armor and a cloak and attempting world domination because he has some scars--instead of spending that money on plastic surgery--is a little off the radar, then there's the whole wonky science aspect, oh, and the stupid catchphrases--"Flame on!", "It's clobberin' time!"--which they inexplicably decided to keep for the movie), and for me, it failed. Deciding Doom was actually made of metal and giving him super-powers instead of putting him in armor and giving him weapons didn't much help. And the bad science used to defeat him just made me shake my head. It wasn't bad enough to be funny, just enough to be mediocre. Where the original Punisher at least was a guilty pleasure, Fantastic Four was no pleasure at all. YMMV.

-Can't stop, the weasels are closing in!
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