Sunday, February 12, 2012

Seen It: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)

If it's February, it must be time for a new Marvel Knights movie to be released. Since the moderate success of Ben Affleck's Daredevil (2003!) many moons ago, right around Valentine's Day seems to be as good a holiday as any to drop one of these beauties in theaters. Taking advantage of my President's Week Recess from school/work, my son and I took in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance in Read D 3D at a matinee this afternoon. Not one to shy away from movies because of bad reviews (more than a few critics were wrong in saying Harold and Kumar 3 was bad, right?), dropping $11 a ticket to sit in a mostly empty theater seemed like just what the doctor ordered--especially if I could inflate the profits in hopes of a (fingers crossed) legitimate Doctor Strange movie eventually.

Directed by the duo behind both Crank (2006) and Crank 2: High Voltage (2009), Neveldine/Taylor, there's not too much to say other than if you like stupid action movies with crazed leading men, beautiful lead actresses and demonic vehicles (trucks, bikes and some sort of excavator) then this is the film for you... as it was for me. Though I will not forgive Neveldine/Taylor for ruining any chance of a "real" Jonah Hex movie (thanks to their putrid script that became the 2010 turkey), I am an abashed Nic Cage fan, who generally always find him interesting in movies, especially when vacillating between batsh*t nuts and almost comatose as he does, as Johnny Blaze, in this movie. In many ways I found the film much more entertaining than much of deified The Dark Knight, which, to this viewer, fell apart under its own pretense. Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance is what it is--an adrenal-infused popcorn flick.

So, did I enjoy the movie? Yes. Hell, yes!

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