Posts Tagged ‘comic book movies’

If there ever was a Ghostly flop in the making then Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance would fit the bill. When I saw the trailer for the first Ghost Rider movie back in 2007, I saw a small glimpse of hope that it might be a decent movie, especially when I saw the names of two (in my opinion) legendary actors Sam Elliot and Peter Fonda on the cast list, boy was I ever more wrong. The story itself could’ve been A LOT better than it actually was; it seemed very rushed, choppy and forced together, as if the director Mark Steven Johnson at the last minute wrote it on the back of a bar napkin.  Speaking of Mark Johnson; why did they pick him as the director for Ghost Rider? Look at his experience: he directed 5 movies, 2 of which he also wrote (Ghost Rider, Daredevil)–movies that might be tolerable after an ultra dose of hospital grade painkillers –he was a writer for 7 movies before he made Ghost Rider and 2 of them were comic book movies (Daredevil, Elektra) and all of them in my opinion (and most of the country’s as well) sucked! But I digress; the movie all together was a flop and a waste of the money I paid for a ticket. If I could’ve pulled a Stewie moment from Family Guy and travelled across the country to slap Mark Johnson I would.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is just another continuance of the first crappy movie, don’t get me wrong when I saw the first trailer and saw Johnny Blaze spitting bullets and pissing fire (being the dude I am) I went “hell yeah”, and seeing how they made the character look a lot darker and less kid friendly I was thinking maybe they learned their lesson from the first movie, especially when they brought in the directing duo from the Crank series Brian Neveldine and Mark Taylor, but it looks like at the moment I might  once again have my hopes and dreams of a “decent” comic book movie crushed under the sparkling jack boot of Hollywood.

A highpoint for me after watching the trailer were the large, off the wall and in your face fight scenes. They have the looks of the traditional action movie (that can be generic) but with the twist that the Crank directors bring to the screen. I do feel that they could’ve picked a different actor to play the rider instead of Nicholas Cage, the last movie I really liked him in was Kick-Ass, and he got killed off. The director of Punisher: Warzone (Lexi Alexander) had Ray Stevenson play the role of the Punisher instead of Thomas Jane (The Mist) so why they couldn’t have followed suit for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is beyond me. As much as I’d like to speculate about this movie, we have until February of 2012 to decide whether or not we want to go and see it.