Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Apparently not. Ghost Rider was the number one movie this last weekend. I suppose it could be argued that there just isn't anything at the theatre to watch, though I did look and Pan's Labyrinth is still playing. If I could drag my husband to go see it, I would certainly rather see Pan's Labyrinth than the poorly rated Ghost Rider. I have to add too that reviews of Ghost Rider were kind of hard to find since the movie was not previewed before critics before its release; never a good sign. I must admit though, as a comic book movie fan, Ghost Rider sounds kind of interesting. Comic Book Movies describes the story: 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, a supernatural agent of vengeance and justice. Mephistopheles charges Johnny with defeating the despicable Blackheart, Mephistopheles's nemesis and son, who plans to displace his father and create a new hell even more terrible than the old one. Well, maybe this comes across better in comic books. But audiences are eating this up. Opening weekend grossed something like $50 million+; not as much as Spiderman, but not bad. So are any of you actually tempted to go see this? I mean, we're the hardcore sci-fi/fantasy fans right? Does that mean we need to endure Nicholas Cage as Johnny Blaze? Maybe I'm being unfair. But hasn't Nicholas Cage become kind of a caricature of himself? I can't believe the casting that goes on in some of these comic book movies. Ben Affleck? Jessica Alba? (though some guys may forgive the casting as Susan Storm due to her generally accepted hotness) Halle Berry? and now Nicholas Cage? Is it just me or is rare to find good casting in comic book movies? Spiderman was cast well with Tobey McGuire and I liked Brandon Routh as Superman even if the movie was essentially a remake. Oh, and I loved Christian Bale in Batman Begins. But other than that I am at a loss. Why oh why can't movie makers take the genre more seriously? But then again, what do I know. Ghost Rider is number 1 at the box office. This week.