Rewatched Jul 15, 2012
There's something about this movie that is just so right and that is missing from the other two movies in the trilogy as a lot of comic adaptations in general.
It's fun, it knows that it's fun and it doesn't try to be something it's not. Take a look at what could well be the last movie Stephen Norrington will ever make as a prime example of what happens when movies forget this simple fact - League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
As a movie Blade knows what it's strengths are and plays up to them. Stephen Dorff is great at swearing even when it's not really necessary and so he swears in every sentence of dialogue he has. Wesley Snipes as Blade is a total badass and so he acts like a total badass at all times; even the bastard characteristic of using an innocent person as bait with the the throwaway line of dialogue when called on it "get over it."
Tom Cruise is going to try delivering lines like that in Reacher and is going to fail, simply because he is a whiny little bitch and Wesley Snipes could kick his ass with one hand behind his back and the rest of him in jail for tax evasion.
We were discussing recently the complete lack of black action stars that could star as Blade in the inevitable reboot. The best we could do was wait until Jaden Smith is a bit older. Shame on you Hollywood.