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The Shadow Knows!
Based on the 1930's comic strip, puts the hero up against his arch enemy, Shiwan Khan, who plans to take over the world by holding a city to ransom using an atom bomb. Using his powers of invisibility and "The power to cloud men's minds", the Shadow comes blazing to the city's rescue with explosive results.
One of several nearly forgotten superhero movies that were lost in the wake of (and surely inspired by) the success of Burton's BATMAN. Could easily be part of a triple bill with THE ROCKETEER and DICK TRACY(this film is an interesting second-fiddle to those two). Ripe for rediscovery especially now. Very interesting to see the Alec Baldwin of 20 years ago through the lens of Jack Donaghy. The film's release on Blu-ray in June is quite welcome. Extra points from me for 90s nostalgia(even though I missed seeing the film until now).
It's also a nice way to celebrate Jonathan Winters(and that small window in the 90s when Penelope Ann Miller was the hot, sexy leading lady). Further, it's neat to see Peter Boyle as a taxi driver again.
easily as much fun as FLASH GORDON, and just as frequently clumsy. also John Lone is one of the most under-appreciated actors ever.
Small pleasures to be found in its Burton-esque production design and pre-code Hollywood nods; guys and dolls spouting sexual innuendos and humming tunes from 42nd Street in a Gothamy thirties-era Manhattan. Visuals effects are equally playful and imaginative, most of the time. Alec Baldwin is dashing but mannered as he remains in the shadow of Michael Keaton's equally composed--but more mysterious--Bruce Wayne. Doesn't overcome its core deficiencies; the obnoxious Jerry Goldsmith score, slouchy plot, and lack of chemistry between Baldwin and everyone else onscreen.
Bizarre tonal mishmash gets encapsulated in a single insane shot, which was cavalier then and would be wildly offensive today: Bad guy hypnotizes an innocent sailor (played by the creepy dude who recounts his dream near the beginning of Mulholland Dr.) into jumping off the Empire State Building's observation deck, and as he plummets to his death, his body bouncing off lower sections, the camera pans down to pick up heroes Alec Baldwin and Penelope Ann Miller walking on the street below, having an animated conversation about something else entirely. In general, the film works much better as a knowing comedy than as a straightforward, slightly old-fashioned action flick, which makes its constant switch-hitting between the two modes frustrating.…
Where has this film been all my life? It takes so many things I love and cram it into one of the coolest, awesomely badass films I've ever seen!
Alec Baldwin proves why he is such an awesome actor. Not only does he give an excellent performance, but he provides so much depth and even fear for his character. He's got the maniacal laugh down perfectly. John Lone makes a really good villain. Unlike most villains in superhero movies, this one actually feels like a true threat to the hero. You also get terrific performances from an impressively stellar cast that includes Penelope Ann Miller, Peter Boyle, Ian McKellan, and Tim Curry. The visual effects look amazing. The story is…
parts of the score really sound like the puppet master theme
So back in High School, a local theater always had midnight movies on the weekends. I remember seeing this and basically fighting sleep the entire film. I have always since believed it was a dud. Good thing I had to see it again to review it.
I rather enjoyed it this time, enjoying the more comic book feel this viewing. I mean compared to modern day genre films, it seems almost like an indie.
Baldwin is pretty fun, more so when he's playing around in the shadows widescreen, taunting bad guys. The lead bad guy wasn't very evil at all, but he was still a lot of fun...if that makes sense.
I love Miller, one of my favorite actresses and she's great here too. A very strong headed character.
Solid supporting cast too.
The look of the film is great as well.
Some bad CGI and a mediocre final bad guy fight are my only gripes. Solid fun film.
Great set-up fumbled with a mediocre plot. As you'd expect from Russell Mulcahy it looks great while Alec Baldwin's a surprisingly excellent Shadow and the film doesn't shy away from the darker aspects of the character. Penelope Ann Miller is good value as a telepathic love interest for Cranston but John Lone makes a weak bad guy, not helped by a muddy plot.
The fabulous visuals (in a Dick Tracy style) turns a conventional story in a good movie. It's the best Mulcahy film since the classic Highlander.
parts of the score really sound like the puppet master theme
Ive always dug this one right since i first saw it at the pictures. It had been a good few years since i last saw it and whilst i still really enjoyed it on this view i did notice how confused it is with tone one minute its dark and heading pretty serious then it switches to dumb instantly whilst it still works in some places it does make it feel a bit weird but other than that its great fun with some great performances and set pieces.
On Episode 70, the Super Action Bros. discover what evil lurks in the hearts of men with 1994's The Shadow.
It was bad.
1995 Movielog #8
My then brief review that should be a critic quote on the film's poster: "Not bad."
Like the 1996 Phantom, there's a part of me that really digs this movie because of the character itself and the world he inhabits. I love these old pulp heroes, I just wish the films could have been better. But if you accept them as is, they are still a lot of fun.
Alec Baldwin really gives it his all and does a great job in this somewhat conflicted character he plays. He's supported with strong turns from Penelope Ann Miller and Tim Curry among others, with a story spanning centuries that helps give the film its scope and adds to…
Part of the weak pulp adaptions era of the 90s. Baldwin looks the part and that's pretty much it.
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