Not another list of the last five Marvel movies, but an attempt at creating The Superhero List To End All…
The 21st successor to the role of Bengalla's resident superhero must travel to New York to prevent a rich madman from obtaining three magic skulls that would give him the secret to ultimate power.
it's really no wonder this thing bombed so massively. Billy Zane's performance is a stiff as his skin tight purple body suit and the whole thing has a "gee-whiz!" quality that was 1000% not cool in the angsty mid 90s. the movie seems destined for love by only the dollar comic book bin digging super nerdiest of the nerds. and god bless it for all of that. the movie has an innocence and sense of fun & the perfect level of camp that just isn't seen anymore. yeah, Zane is not good and if the filmmakers would have cast Bruce Campbell as originally planned the film might have been more a cult hit today.... but as it stands the Phantom still plays as a oddball good time.
Rewatched this because my girlfriend loved it and Billy Zane as a teen - there's an adorable picture of her at 16 years old, Gothed out, holding a guitar, with a Phantom poster on her bedroom wall - and I was curious what insight it might give me into her early sexual development. She claims she just likes men with dark features, but the skintight purple suit and skull codpiece means...something.
It's funny, because Kit Walker barely qualifies as a superhero. He wears the purple suit, lives in a cave, rides a horse and fires a gun. It's funny, when comic book movies have become such big business, to remember how modestly scaled they could be not too long ago. I'll make no claims for the movie's greatness, but it was kind of refreshing to watch a superhero movie with puns, bosomy women and a mustache-twirling Treat Williams. Actually, most movies in any genre would benefit from the latter two.
It could be nostalgia talking because this is one of those movies I remember seeing in the theater with my dad when I was a kid but I enjoy this flick. It is over the top and cheesy but it is a lot of fun.
I think if they ever tried to make another movies of this, I'd like to see a movie that spans multiple centuries so we could see multiple Phantoms. Or maybe even a sequel with Billy Zane passing his mantle on to his son. I mean, it'll never happen but it would be a lot of fun. I mean, this one takes place in 1939. Have a movie where Billy Zane passes the mantle to his son in the '60s or early '70s. Then have a movie where that Phantom passes the mantle on to his son in the 2010s. This could totally work. It'll never happen but it could totally work.
I kind of remember watching Defenders of the Earth a few times as a kid and thinking The Phantom was the best character in it, and I was sure I'd seen this film before remembering it as so bad it was good, but absolutely nothing in it seemed to jog my memory.
It's all a bit shit actually :-(
Even the parts that should be really cool (in a geeky sort of way) like riding a white horse through the jungle whilst firing a pistol.. it's just.. bad. There didn't seem to be an awful lot of fun being had by anyone in the cast. The acting is really, really awful, to the point that my eyeballs instantly dried over…
Is this a cult classic? Does The Phantom have a devoted fanbase? Because it's awesome.
Dying a death at the box office, The Phantom it's fair to say happened at the wrong time. Had the story of Kit Walker aka The Phantom been released in this current wave of superhero dominance of Hollywood, there's every chance it would have been a much greater hit. That said, tonally it may still have not struck a Marvel-level chord, given Simon Wincer's adaptation of the pulp 1930's serials attempts to very much recreate that sense of tongue-in-cheek high adventure without the sense of darker tragedy that permeates the superhero genre these days. And while it's not nearly as good a movie as successive films of its ilk, the pure chutzpah of the piece is difficult to truly dislike,…
I can't be the only one thinking this would be a awesome reboot?
Old-timey adventure film. Silly dialog. Silly plot. Sort of fun.
"Listen to your friend Billy Zane, he's a cool dude!"
Way more fun than I originally remembered it being. Totally forgot just how entertaining Billy Zane's performance was.
When a film leaves you with questions they should be questions like 'Are they still dreaming?' or 'Is the killer really dead?', they shouldn't be questions like 'Why does Catherine Zeta Jones suddenly change sides?' and 'Why is The Phantom pleased the leader of the brotherhood will take his secret to the grave, only to reveal who he is to James Remar two minutes later? But despite being stupid and ridiculously cheesy, it's actual fairly enjoyable.
It's not clear who (other than Billy Zane) thought this was a recipe for success. It is, however, a reasonably fun bit of Indiana Jones-lite.
I've seen bits and pieces on TV over the years, but now that I've seen it fully, I've got to say I quit enjoyed it for the pulpy, silly adventure it is!
I like the fashioning of Phantom's costume. I also like Kristy Swanson and James Remar and this also may be my favorite Catherine Zeta-Jones movie.
What I like even more are my two favorite interactions in this film:
"What's your name?"
"And WHO is Kit Walker?"
Only topped by the great Kristy Swanson's: "What is wrong with you? Why are you so mean?"
A bit of camp adventure, not to taken too seriously.
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