Rating: 5.5 stars
Seen 1 time
Seen on: 02/02/2020
Most recently watched by sleestakk
In order to save his dying father, young stunt cyclist Johnny Blaze sells his soul to Mephistopheles and sadly parts from the pure-hearted Roxanne Simpson, the love of his life. Years later, Johnny’s path crosses again with Roxanne, now a go-getting reporter, and also with Mephistopheles, who offers to release Johnny’s soul if Johnny becomes the fabled, fiery ‘Ghost Rider’.
Rated PG-13 | Length 114 minutes
Nicolas Cage | Eva Mendes | Wes Bentley | Peter Fonda | Donal Logue | Mathew Wilkinson | Sam Elliott | Matt Long | Raquel Alessi | Brett Cullen | David Roberts | Jessica Napier | Hugh Sexton | Eddie Baroo | Rebel Wilson | Marcus Jones | Matt Norman | Tony Ghosthawk | Lawrence Cameron Steele | Daniel Fredericsen
Being so exhausted after the SB I wanted to throw something on that didn’t require much thinking so I fired this up via Netflix. I’ve never seen this until now. tbh I’m shocked in myself for not seeing this in theater when I was going to every major release back then. Not sure why I skipped it in theater but I have held off viewing it at home b/c I think I only have the DVD I picked up used and my library system doesn’t have the Blu. So I was glad when I found it on Netflix one day and added to my queue. Seemed perfect for tonight.
Man, this is a dopey movie! It’s sad really b/c I think it could’ve been something really cool and different in the Marvel films (fantasy horror superhero) but the screenplay is a drag and the film is overly long for what it’s trying to do. And when it’s dull it’s really dull. High points are Cage and the Ghost Rider. Also Sam Elliot. Besides the lulls some of the digital FX are not so hot and this movie suffers from those dumb muddy spirit monsters you’d see a lot back in the early 00s.
If this movie had a tighter story centered around Ghost Rider and his bike stopping evil (not the dumb plot with Black Heart) it could be a neat flick just watching him cruise down streets and taking souls of the criminals. It’s surprising that the budget was $115M b/c it looks like a $40-$60M flick at most. More surprising that they made a sequel which I will have to watch now (fortunately have that one on Blu).
It’s too bad Sony owns this character b/c I’d love to see Ghost Rider in the MCU. All the Marvel monsters, actually. But he’d make for a wicked side character that reluctantly joins a team. Oh hell they could do that wild Fantastic Four where it was GR plus Wolverine, Spider-Man, and Hulk! I suppose we can dream.
Crazy that Eva Mendes retired a few years ago. Seeing her in this had me look her up afterwards b/c I feel like we haven’t seen her lately and yep, she’s done. Maybe she’ll return after her kids are older? Would be cool if she reprises her role in Fast9.
Oh yeah really wild to see an early Rebel Wilson cameo in this! When I saw her I thought oh shit is that really her?! She’s really come a long way, haha.