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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
Letter Grade: B
You have to give Russell Mulcahy praise for having the courage to attempt this movie. An adaptation of one of the oldest and probably least recognisable superheroes was always going to be a difficult job, yet he threw himself into this all guns blazing.
Employing all the tricks he'd learned during his pop promo career, Mulcahy certainly gives the movie a distinctive visual flair. The set design is lush and expansive, the attention to the detail of the decade without question.
Unfortunately, it's a shame that the story and characters don't measure up to the same standards.
Alec Baldwin suffers a charisma blockage as Lamont Cranston, surrounded by one note cut-outs and badly written dialogue.
It doesn't help that the…
I've come to the realization on this viewing that The Shadow, visually, is an amalgam of The Phantom of the Opera and Verminous Scumm from Captain Planet.
This movie deserved way better. Great casting and direction, not sure why this one didn't work. Oh well, I like it.
Adapted from The Pulp fiction comic strips of the 30s, The shadow is a mysterious and ruthless vigilante once evil is given a chance at redemption. The film has really great visuals and a cool vibe creating a alternate 1930s era with dash of noire to It.
When Lamont Cranston gets a chance a redemption he becomes the Vigilante the Shadow who can blend into the shadow and rid world of evil trying to redeem himself of his horrible choices he made in his past life. When a descendant of Genghis Khan wants Obliterate America The Shadow must save the day. Alec Baldwin actual to quite good as titular character but there of acting pretty subpar especially that of the…
Released as part of Hollywood's post-Batman obsession with superheroes, The Shadow is undoubtedly one of the oddest 'blockbusters' you could imagine. Alec Baldwin plays the wonderfully named Lamont Cranston, formerly a murderous opium dealer, now a wealthy playboy in 1930s New York who also happens to possess superpowers that enable him to blend into shadow, control people's minds and change the length of his nose. He travels exclusively by taxi and has hundreds of agents around the Big Apple who communicate via magic red rings. Like I said, odd. Anyways, the plot of The Shadow has something to do with Genghis Khan's descendants, an atomic bomb and a psychic dame; however the real fun of The Shadow is in the…
Not The Shadow that the character deserves, but the lush production design and cinematography goes a long way in balancing out some of the film's wonkiness. Few superhero films are quite so lovely.
It has a lot of good things going for it, but it falls flat on its face in the dull, listless middle of the film. To be honest, I nodded off a few times in the middle, as it became a parade of scenes involving people standing and talking with no real action of any kind since the opening scenes.
Special effects-wise, this film is very good, with quite a few innovative moments that look good and haven't aged badly at all. Music-wise, it is far too close to Burton's "Batman" movies, and the very similar art department and sets doesn't help that comparison. The original comic and radio show that this movie is based on is from the 1930's, and actually was a major inspiration in the creation of the Batman comic, so there should be some familiarity between the two movies, but too many avoidable things resemble that (much better) movie from 5 years earlier.
Enjoyable action movie with good cast.
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