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Saturday, February 24, 2007

The Ghost Rider movie

was terrible. But y'know, I'm tired of being told that it's wrong to complain about a movie where the guy is a stunt motorcyclist with his head on fire. A commentator at E-online said:
Seriously, people, if you're going to go see a movie you know is about a
biker with a flaming skull and magic chains, you forfeit the right to complain
about how the plot isn't logical or realistic.
Sorry, but that's the lamest criticism of complaints about the movie I've ever heard/read.
You might as well say "it's about a guy who got bit by a spider and can then stick to walls and shoot webs out of his wrists and he wears a goofy suit" or "it's about an orphaned alien who just happens to look human but for some reason a yellow sun gives him super powers and he wears his underwear on the outside of his pants" or "it's about a guy who when he gets angry he turns green and gains muscles but his pants never tear."

OF COURSE the inherent principle behind any comic hero sounds silly. But if Spider-Man had been this bad, we would have had reason to complain. Same with Ghost Rider - we have the right to expect a good movie, even if the basic concept sounds silly out of context.

In the comics, Ghost Rider was sometimes (unintentionally) hilarious, but overall it was a series of dead serious morality plays about dealing with inner demons. Why is it that people claim Spider-Man has inherent gravitas, but GR doesn't? In the comics, Spidey is much more easy going and flippant than Ghost Rider ever was.

Of course, I liked the Hulk movie, so what do I know?

(this post was partly self-plagiarized from a message board post I made elsewhere on the net).


  • Bah, I never saw much to GR. Movie as fine, a little campy, but whatever. Of course, I liked Daredevil, so what do I know.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:35 AM  

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