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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…
What evil lurks in the hearts of men??
Alec Baldwin trying to be a serious actor...
fuck it I loved this movie as a kid... still fun for me
Enjoyable action movie with good cast.
So the video game that was suppose to be realised along side this classic piece of film was cancelled? BOOOO!!! I've always wanted to play as Alec Baldwin!
This is one hell of a mess of a movie. In light of that, the reason I watched it, Sir Ian McKellen, was pretty fantastic and I had a lot of fun during his scenes bumbling around as the absent-minded scientist. Besides that, this was as terrible as you'd imagine a superhero movie with Alec Baldwin as the hero to be.
good kind of bad
Quite frankly ridiculous.
It's painfully obvious early that an attempt was made to turn this into a campy superhero frolic. Unfortunately, none of the camp here works in any fashion. The film is simply inept as fuck when it comes to campiness. Instead, it falls firmly into the albatross of films that are too stupid to take seriously and not near fun enough to be worthy of a campy watch.
The most consistent aspect of the film is The Shadow. Unfortunately, the consistent part mainly being the fact that the character is simply boring as fuck. Meanwhile, the villain brings out all the ridiculousness that is innate in a character that written for camp but instead is merely an exercise in incompetence.
It would be too easy to simply label this a Batman rip-off as I don't think the filmmakers ever had a vision for the damn thing.
I love this movie I have seen this all around online but never know what it was all about online thing I know was Alec Baldwin in the movie. I love the concept idea for the character how he be any shadow's or control people minds and read people minds. Plus you got a great cast or play the characters in the movie I love Alec Baldwin when he becomes the The Shadow a another man face is shown to us I love the idea it remind me of the Batman movie from Tim Burton back in old days. If you love super heroes who can read minds be in the shadows then you will like this.
Just a regular movie...
Watched this movie a dozen times in my youth, revisited it on Shout Factory Blu-ray. Very glad to own this movie that I love and is not good.
There's a lot to love here but just as much that doesn't work.
Came right at a fascinating crossroads between digital effects and classical practical ones, there are times when each style fall short.
But the score, the costumes, the villainy... I love this dang movie.
My full review at the 24 Panels Per Second website: 24panelspersecond.com/comic-books-spirit-shadow-1994/
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