Friday, August 19, 2011

Ghost Rider Returns

I actually LIKED the original "Ghost Rider." Yes, Cage was too old to play the part as it was written (it looks like they're playing him "same age" this time) and it was silly as hell, but it had kind of a retro-schlock vibe in it's best moments that I wished permeated the whole piece; and it MUST be said: The "on fire" form of Ghost Rider himself is one of the best translations of a supernatural-superhero to live action ever.

NONE of that, however, is a reason to anticipate a sequel. No, the reason to anticipate a sequel is that "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" has been placed in the hands of filmmaking duo Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the insane geniuses behind "Crank."



Yes, I do believe he's supposed to be pissing flames in that last shot. Normally you'd have to assume it was anything BUT that, but consider who's directing...

14 comments:

Chris Wyatt said...

I thought the first movie was pretty fun for what it was... yet kind of forgettable too. This one looks like it has potential.

The Lonely Wizzard said...

So, is Ghost rider going to be part of the Marvel film continuity now? Because if so that'd mean bringing Mephyston along for the ride, which could mean whole barrels of fun for future films. I allways liked mephyston, and his existance is no more outlandish than Thors, so why not? I just wonder because of the way they describe him as the "world's darkest superhero", which could be taken to imply there is now more than one superhero in his world.

TheDVDGrouch said...

Love the Crank guys & I've always thought Ghost Rider was pretty cool color me excited.

The Offender said...

The first was alright, not great. Hopefully this will be a bit better.

J_Tracey said...

I actually didn't see the original until about 6 months ago because all my friends told me it was garbage when it first came out. My girlfriend made me watch it because she was baffled how I'm a huge Nic Cage fan and there was still a Nicolas Cage movie I hadn't seen. I loved every schlocky second Cage was on screen in that thing.

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patrick.b.healy said...

The villains in Ghost Rider didn't get enough screentime for it to matter when they died. Call it the "Venom Effect".
The main villain's purposeless plan made him vulnerable to Ghost Rider's angry staring power. Which is something he should have foreseen don't you think?
Nic Cage wasn't my problem at all.
To see him given another shot at the role is nice, and if they make the script more engaging and cohesive then this could be good fun.
I won't blame the first one on this potentially fun sequel.

Arturo said...

This is really the only property I can think off right now where "gritty(er) reboot" isn't an automatic eyeroll.

Arturo said...

Also, I can't argue with this trailer when GR takes fire from an Uzi and then pukes the bullets right back...and the bullets are on fire.

David (The Pants) said...

Damn I was expecting a remake after all this time but come Nicolas Cage's face on-screen and I go "SEQUEL??" wow. This looks cool, and now I'm gonna go check out the first. Ghost Rider looks really cool and well translated from comic book to screen.

Arturo said...

Normally, I would assume that the intro is supposed to be the directors doing a "bit", but after seeing Crank 1&2, I wouldn't be so sure. In other words, yeah that's probably how they are in real life.

Arturo said...

I like how his leather jacket is "boiling". Nice touch

Joe said...

I liked Cage in Ghost Rider. He was fun to watch, his scenes with Eva Mendes were kind of cute, the main villain was fine (the "deal with the devil at the crossroads" complete with Southern Gothic overtones was classic), and Sam Elliot did what Sam Elliot does best.

But every time Cage wasn't on screen, it's like the film morphed into a less fun, much crappier film with no soul. The villains looked like a bunch of rejects from a Marilyn Manson show--and I really disliked what they did with Blackheart, who I felt was one of the few decently-drawn comic villains of the 90s--the CGI was horrible. Basically anytime flame-skull showed up, the movie became a really bad video game. Hope this turns out better.

Dav3 said...

I'm not a fan of Crank, to the point that I've avoided seeing Crank 2. I see what they're going for, I'm just not into it.

That said, their whole "Fu_k You!" approach to self-restraint seems perfectly suited to a movie about a flaming-skeleton-biker-vigalante from hell.

Also, the glimpses of action in the trailer look AWESOME.