Ok, I FINALLY saw FF2: Rise of the Silver Surfer today (Tuesday).
Going into the movie, I've read all the posts here, especially from my buddy Kingdome Warrior (who hated it), so I had made up my mind that I was going to definitely hate it as well, well guess what...I LIKED IT A LOT!!!
Ok, yes, it's not faithful to the comic books, but neither was Spidey 3, or even the X-Men for that matter.
I was surprised, but at the end of the movie, the audience applauded.
First off..YOU DO GET SEE GALACTUS. Look when the cloud/nebula reaches the Solar System, and pay close attention to the shadow projected on Saturn, you can CLEARLY see the silhouette of Galactus' famous helmeted head, this happens again on the climatic scene with the Surfer, you see the helmeted head image again admist the fire.
So yes, Galactus did indeed make a physical appearance just like in the comic books (albeit in silhouette form).
Things I loved about the movie:
Silver Surfer, without a doubt, the most awesome CGI humanoid figure EVER on the silver screen, many thanks to Doug Jones for making it possible. I also loved Laurence Fishburne as the Surfer's voice, he's the new James Earl Jones.
Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm, the Abbot and Costello of the FF, I know a lot of you hate the comedy routine between these two, but I love it, lol. The part where Johnny asks Ben how he and Alyssa make love, Ben tells him is none of his business, and Johnny tells him he's just concerned that Alyssa might turn up dead due to a rock landslide, lol, I almost choked on my popcorn laughing so hard.
Things not so great about the movie:
Reed Richards and Sue Storm, I don't get a sense of any chemistry between those two, and frankly, they both annoyed/bored me to death. Reed is always distracted about something, and Sue is always nagging about everything, enough already.
Sadly again, Doom, in yet another wasted peformance, boy, the studios are giving that character NO respect whatsoever, what a crying shame, in the comic books, there's no better villain than Doom in the Marvel universe.
Another thing that bothered me, the Fantastic 4 Car. Reed built that thing without anyone knowing??? Are Sue, Johnny, and Ben, as blind as Alyssa?
Also, I didn't bother to get mad with the climatic final confrontation between Silver Surfer and his master, I just let that one go, lol.
The special-effects were great, the story was good, it moved at a great pace, much superior to the original FF movie, and I can't wait for a stand alone Silver Surfer movie, but I hope it's much more serious in tone.
Anyway, IMO, it was waaaaay better than Spidey 3 which was a HUGE disappointment to me, heck, even Reed Richards' dance routine was better than Peter Parker's, lol.
4 **** outta 5 *****