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Ghost Rider February 19, 2007

Posted by Mitchell in Art, Home, Science Fiction & Fantasy.

I like to get to the theater early so there’s no rush to get the tickets and popcorn and whatnot and then climbing over people to get to the seats.  I also really enjoy the previews of the other movies.  So, before I start my brief review of Ghost Rider I’ll review the previews :-D.

First up – 300.  I’m sure you’ve all seen the one released on the intertubes a while back.  This was the first time I’ve seen it in the theater.  WOW.  That looks Mighty Impressive.  It’s gonna have one hell of a body count.  I saw mounds of dead people in some shots.  Big ones.  It comes out soon too – March 9th.  Definitely a must see.

Next one started off with a bunch of aerial shots of the Fabulous Las Vegas Strip at night!  The party never stops in Las Vegas!  Then, the scene turned.  Whoops!  This movie is set in a post-Apocolyptic Las Vegas!   Oh, cool!  Milla Jojovich is back for more general kickassery in Resident Evil 3: Extinction.  Yes, yes – I know.  You thought the first two sucked and you can’t believe they’ve made another.  Well, they did.  Deal with it.  It comes out sometime this fall.

Lastly, Spiderman 3.  As we’ve seen from some of the promo pictures out there we know that Spidey gets to tangle with Venom in this round, as well as the Hobgoblin again, and some other sand-dude.  Not sure what his deal is, but we’ll find out.  Anyway, it looks like it could be the best one of them all.  It’s in the summer line-up of course.

Okay, now Ghost Rider.  Three word review: It’s a Hoot!  I really enjoyed it.  Lots of cool special effects, an interesting plot, and a satisfyingly crunchy ending.  I liked the characters and Nicholas Cage was good as Johnny Blaze.  It was a little slow-paced at the beginning, but the rest of the movie more than made up for it.  There ya go.  I don’t like to write up lengthy reviews that reveal most of the movie.  I don’t like to read or watch them before I go see something either. 

Ghost Rider is also one of those movies that most everyone else who goes to see films will hate.  If either of them go see it, misters Ace O’Spades and Dave at Garfield Ridge will undoubtably trash it from one end to the other. 


1. geoff - February 19, 2007

I liked the first Resident Evil, and almost liked the second one. Ghost Rider and 300 sound pretty good, from what you say.

2. Pupster - February 19, 2007

I’ve actually been looking forward to seeing Ghost Rider, mostly because I really enjoy making fun of Nick Cage (Mrs. Pupster likes him).

I like the way you review movies; succinct, to the point, no spoilers. Nicely done. Were/are you a fan of the comic?

3. Enas Yorl - February 19, 2007

Ha! If you like to make fun of Nick Cage you’ll get plenty of ammunition here. For the exact same reason why I enjoyed his performance: he can chew the scenery like nobody else :-D. He’s been working out though – very ripped!

Look, if you’ve seen any of the trailers or other promotional materials you know the basic premise of Ghost Rider – he’s a motorcycle daredevil guy who is also a supernatural creature who rides a flaming motorcycle and his head turns into a flaming skull, and he does this for some sort of purpose. That’s basically all I knew about the movie before seeing it. I’m not a comic book (or graphic novel, if you prefer) guy. I went in to the theater no expectations except what was presented by the basic premise. I stand by my review: It’s A Hoot.

4. HayZeus - February 20, 2007

Pups, if you like making fun of Nick Cage then you should definitely enjoy the movie throughout. Obviously I disagree with Ebert here and Cage’s Elvis-on-quaaludes take on Johnny Blaze is a big part of the reason why. Don’t get me wrong: I also think that the cookie-cutter script sucked and the CGI was so overwrought that I was laughing at the parts that should have been eliciting the “wow! cool!” reaction but I digress. The take-home thing here is that this movie is Scrooge McDuck rich when it comes to material with which to make fun of Nick Cage. So go see it already! 😉

5. Mr Minority - February 20, 2007

Thanks for the reviews. I want to see Ghost Riders and DEFINITELY want to see 300!

I agree that Cage is not the perfect actor for the character, but I was also told by someone that saw the movie this weekend that he was “OK”. I’ll see it anyway in the theater for the effects.

6. Retired Geezer - February 21, 2007

I like the Ghost Rider version of the Jackson Hewitt Tax commercials. In fact I like ALL those JH commercials.
My friend works there and said that some customers are really offended by that one.

Go figure.

7. Mrs. Peel - February 22, 2007

I liked Snake Eyes.

*hangs head in shame*

8. Miss ghost not - April 16, 2007

i love ghost rider it a great movie

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