There are a few things that were completely handled wrong. The big one is the tough as brass General that is nothing more than a bully towards the Fantastic Four, specifically Reed. The reason I have an issue with this is that there is no reason for it. After all, if there has been a considerable amount of time passed between the first and the second, Reed would have already worked with the government numerous times. Therefore, this arrogant General would have no call for treating them the way he did unless there was a history between Reed and him. This would have worked if they had mentioned it in a clear line of dialogue. Instead, I think they hinted at it in the speech Reed slam-dunks on the General. Again, this should have been explored a little more if that was the direction they were trying to go.
There is one other problem with the movie that comic fans will be in an uproar for many months to come. Before I get into that however, I must forewarn the potential of spoilers. So from here on out there may a detrimental spoiler for those of you who have yet to see it. Okay you have been warned. Galactus is a cloud. Yes, that Galactus, the giant purple wearing eater of worlds, is a giant cloud. Now before I move on I can see the rationale behind this. Casual audiences may not be able to wrap their minds around a giant man eating a world, but they can completely understand a force, a form of energy, devastating planets. Again I don't agree with this, but, (and there is a huge but) near the end when you can full see the Galactus cloud, if you look close enough you can see an outline of the mangler of worlds. This again sparked my hope for a Silver Surfer solo act.
Now I know that die hard-fans will have problems with the film, but much less this time. The actors have given us their best on the characters and continue to provide us with moving representations of the comic. Overall, this time around is more enjoyable than the first. The stakes are a little higher, the drama is thrown in and given its own legs to stand on, and it is the perfect example of a family film. It only makes sense that Marvel's first family delivers one of the best legitimate family movies I have seen in recent years. I for one cannot wait for the next adventure of the Fantastic Family.
Movie Score: 3 out of 4 Stars
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