Not another list of the last five Marvel movies, but an attempt at creating The Superhero List To End All…
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…
To think that mesmerism and orientalism weren't all the rage in 1994. Handsomely photographed & designed, this period stylish pulp jam deserves a re-appraisal. Baldwin crushes it.
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 supported with strong turns from Penelope Ann Miller and Tim Curry among others, with a story spanning centuries that helps give the film its mystical quality.
Mulcahy does a good job making this story as epic as possible, but Jerry Goldsmith makes the real impression with a stunning score and main theme that a mix of haunting and heroic, and one I still vividly remember.
Part of the weak pulp adaptions era of the 90s. Baldwin looks the part and that's pretty much it.
Pretty fun little gem. The production design is real cool.
This is simply a guilty pleasure. Not the greatest plot or story but fun to watch and full of eye candy.
The visuals and special effects are why I give this 3 stars. The story is pretty lame. Could of been better.
Buena adaptación on guion de David Koepp. El aroma a pulp rezuma por los cuatro costados asi como el elegante diseño "Art Deco".
'A' for effort, but not mysterious enough to match the original. And terrible choice of closing credits song!
There's a scene late in the movie when Ian McKellan asks someone, "What's going on?" I can't tell you disappointed I was that no one gave him an answer. I never got an idea of the bad guy's master plan except that he wants to conquor the world, but destroy it(?). But mostly he wants to fight the Shadow. The Shadow's call to be a super hero is kind of forced on him against his will in a general mission to fight evil (which I find to be an exceptionally broad and ill-defined calling). I think he gains additional super powers at the end, but I couldn't tell for sure. Luckily he's a millionaire so his evil-fighting won't affect his…
Good costumes and set deign don't quite make up for the troubled plot and inconsistent performance. I think if this movie were remade as an R-rated film with a greater emphasis on the anti-hero nature of The Shadow then it could be a success.
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