Entertaining Peery: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Neveldine+Taylor (2012)
February 20, 2012 § 1 Comment
Growing up I didn’t always read comics books, but when I did, I read Ghost Rider. So I was kind of underwhelmed by the first film, to say the least. However, this outing of Marvel’s “Hell’s Angel” is much more interesting, action packed and actually “gets” Ghost Rider.
First and foremost, I am glad they dispensed with the love interest angle that so many comic book films, including Ghost Rider 1, think is necessary. Sure, Violante Placido’s Nadya was OK to look at, but Johnny Blaze is not that into her, calling her: “the devil’s baby mama.” Blaze does his bonding more with her son through their common problems.
Secondly, this Ghost Rider is depicted as awesome as even other Marvel heroes claim. I don’t remember the context but it is said that he is the most powerful hero on Earth (World War Hulk.) The quarry fight scene is testament to this as he takes control of a massive strip mining machine and turns it into a Hellfire Chainsaw Tank of Doom. Also, Wolverine’s healing factor doesn’t have anything on Blaze who wakes up in the hospital without a scratch after being “… blown up. With GRENADES.”
Finally, I loved the move of casting Christopher Lambert in the small role of religious sect leader and giving him a sword to behead a devil spawn. Nice pop-culture reference, guys. I also liked the eastern European and Turkish setting of this film and thought it a bit better than the usual all Marvel Heroes operate in the US mode.
Overall, the movie is what it is: a flaming-skull motorcycle rider who doles out the punishment.
But this one does it better than the first one. 3.5 stars out of 5 for flaming violence.
Reviewed by Josh Peery.