Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Release Date: February 17, 2012 GRSoV

I. Just. Can’t. Believe. How great. Nick Cage’s. WIlliam Shatner impression. IS.

So this week, I sat down for the latest 3D flick to be pumped into theaters: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance! Boy oh boy was this… something! Although I will have to admit that I was slightly distracted during the third act because the dork sitting behind me kept complaining that he feeling nauseous due to Nick Cage’s forehead the 3D glasses.

GR:SoV is directed by the duo of Neveldine & Taylor, whom have blessed us with other well wrapped sandwiches of crap like: Crank, Chrank: High Voltage, Gamer and Jonah HexSo going in one would expect flashy lights and dim whits.

Being filmed to act like Paris Hilton in Spirit of Vengeance is our boy Nicolas Cage! Ghost Rider is being backed up by the man who I believe should be the next James Bond: The Black Bond IDRIS ELBA , Johnny Whitsorth, Ciaran Hinds, and Italian actress Violante Placido.

This film is head and shoulders above the first. I really felt as though I was seeing what someone would be reading aloud to me from a Ghost Rider comic. Some of the narration shots were worth getting dressed and going out in public to witness.

What Worked:

– The Narrated animated “cut scenes.” That shit was off the hook. You cannot see the hook, that’s how far off the hook they were. They really were splendid and were accented by the 3D.

– The 3D. I am not a fan of 3D. LET ME REPEAT: I AM NOT A FAN OF 3D. But this film is a great example of when a movie is filmed in 3D, the concept can be pulled off in a manner that is enjoyable to most people. (With the exception of the homeless Kramer looking dork behind me.)

WHAT DIDN’T WORK:

– The shaky camera work. When your film is in 3D, people’s eyes are already going to be strained. DON’T wave the camera around like your dancing with glow sticks. Avatar didn’t do that and it made a bajillion dollars.

– The acting. Yes EVERYONE. This flick was really hurt by everyone’s performance. This affected the flow and pacing. This flick clocks in at 95 minutes.  At moments it felt like I was 7 hours into The Aviator.

THE LOWDOWN:

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is… something.  By something I mean is like Two Face from Batman. I mean that it’s a crappy film. But an AMAZING movie in 3D. I’d honestly say this film should be seen in 3D by everyone. Just not at full price. Hit it on cheapy Tuesday, ’cause Ghost Rider is unconfirmed awesome.

One thought on “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

  1. I am surprised that you had any good things to say about a film starring Nick Cage. I’m also surprised to hear that this film had nothing to do with the declaration of independence! What a relief.
    A couple of typos. Don’t want to nag, just saying as a friend. If you want to know what they are just let me know.
    Also I’ve been meaning to talk to you about writing a review for 21 Jump Street which I was lucky enough to see a preview of last week. Just let me know!

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