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When the devil resurfaces with aims to take over the world in human form, Johnny Blaze reluctantly comes out of hiding to transform into the flame-spewing supernatural hero Ghost Rider -- and rescue a 10-year-old boy from an unsavory end.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is the best comic-book adaptation ever made. The brilliant hands-on auteur pairing of Neveldine/Taylor continue their streak of incredible films by doing the impossible: making a good comic-book movie.
Sure, there have been good films that are based on comics, such as The Dark Knight and Spiderman 2, but those aren't comic-book movies. The problem with a director like Christopher Nolan (and to a lesser extent, Sam Raimi or Bryan Singer), is that they want to bring the comic characters into our world. For a film like Watchmen, which is based on serious material, this is not a problem, but most comics aren't serious properties. If you break down comics to their bare essentials, you…
I should probably stop doing this to myself...
The original Ghost Rider movie was shoddily made, anemic and, most importantly, incredibly dull yet there should be something cinematic about the comic book character. The prospect of Neveldine and Taylor, the directors responsible for the wonderfully over the top Crank series, seemed like a perfect fit for our flame skulled anti-hero, so what went so horribly wrong?
Well if Neveldine and Taylor’s involvement in non-Crank films is anything to go by they struggle when they aren’t coming up with ways for Jason Statham to keep his heart ticking along. Whilst they have shown they work well on a tight budget this time around they appear to be curtailed by studio control too. At no point should this have ever…
Vulgar auterism. 👍
"Merry Christmas, you assholes!" - Johnny Blaze
I can think of worse ways to spend 90 minutes. With exceedingly low expectations, and a constant referral back to the horrifically average 2007 original, I was prepared for the worst. But in my eyes, the Cage is never boring. And this is the Cagiest Cage film I've seen in a while.
Dripping with his own personal brand of madness, the film is far from good, but it's so over-the-top and mental that it's kinda loveable. Cage owns the movie by being the worst thing in a bad film, and like in The Wicker Man, this helps things considerably.
My rating of this film is not for the quality of it. It's for the enjoyment. Just a good bit of mental fun, and a completely harmless waste of time. Plus, Christopher Lambert is in it. If that doesn't make you want to watch it, then there's nothing I can do for you.
There is a kind of pleasant insanity to this film that makes it a bit better than the rather bland first one, but this still is by no means a Ghost Rider film.
I used to collect comics and one of my favourites was the Ghost Rider comic. Ghost Rider is a bleak, depressing and inhuman superhero without any kind of empathy. Its human host suffers from this as well but embraces it and tries to inject some humanity into the spirit of Vengeance, thus making a great symbiosis. This could make for a great film character, but here the emphasis lies on the action and it is more about Cage than about his demon.
Cage's interpretation of Blaze is…
Encore un film avec un homme qui essaie d'échapper à une entité/une drogue/un joueur qui possède son corps (on comprend pourquoi un des deux est allé faire un film d'exorciste après la séparation d'avec l'autre), mais c'est beaucoup moins délirant et plus conventionnel dans la mise en scène (pas assez de rollerblade). Il reste quelques répliques hilarantes et un casting rigolo, du Giles de Buffy à Highlander, et, bien sûr, Nic, dans un rôle sur mesure (même si en réalité on se doute bien que c'est lui qui a imposé un deal au diable et non le contraire).
comic book mayhem
THIS IS SO FUCKING AWESOMELY STUPID AND OVER-THE-TOP AND FUN AND COOL AND UGHGHGHGHGHGHG
Really deserves five stars but whatever
Where Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance really blazes is when the voices of its star and directors are in total harmony. The combination of Neveldine/Taylor and Nicolas Cage is spectacular. Naturally, when the film goes big it goes BIG. Ghost Rider pisses fire, converts a huge mining vehicle into a leviathan of flame and destruction and blares Death From Above 1979 during transformation sequences. When Cage does his batshit shouty thing in this movie, it works. When Neveldine/Taylor throw the camera around on roller skates during hectic flame-filled fight sequences, it makes sense. It's wholeheartedly entertaining in these moments. These guys were born to make a movie together.
Where the film stumbles, however, is in its story. Beyond all the…
Actually disappointing, because I expected Neveldine/Taylor to produce something that's fun and never boring. Spirit of Vengeance is rarely fun and often boring, a DTV-grade "Ghost Rider Goes To Europe" jaunt that sometimes plays like a half-assed T2 homage.
"This might be good on a salad."
The absolute best thing about this film is Ghost Rider's voice. I mean, the sound guy obviously gave up before he even started, so whenever the flaming skull speaks his one-liners it just sounds like Nicolas Cage gently whispering into a tiny microphone. It's somewhat sensual.
It was so much worse than the first movie and I almost regret watching his. The plot was weird, the camera angles were weird. It was overall just bad and weird.
Vulgar auterism. 👍
what are films that you personally (and unironically) adore and will defend to the end, but find are generally maligned…
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"It's Mission Impossible!" is the true peak of cinéma.