I think my excitement yesterday over super hero cartoons influenced my movie choice later in the evening. For a couple hours just before dinner I found myself alone in the house, remote control in hand. Although I had lots on my To-Do List--and when I say "lots," I mean it--I couldn't resist sneaking a quick peek through the Video On Demand choices to see if a new release might fit a time frame that would let me enjoy a movie and still accomplish some things.
Without Mrs. Film Geek knowing...
I paused on Ghost Rider, and marveled at how perfect the choice seemed. With a running time of under two hours, I could watch the flick while The Film Geek family was out, and still have time to work up a fresh sweat by the time they arrived home. The Marvel Super Hero genre is not really to Mrs. Film Geek's liking, so there was no need to worry about the "I wish you had waited to watch that with me!" factor. The film's star, Nic Cage, is a favorite actor of mine. I'll watch the guy in anything, despite recent movie choices that I think have not been good for his career.
Add another one to the list.
The movie pays some poorly designed homage to several characters that have appeared in Marvel Comics since the 1960s. The screenwriters did a decent job developing a Ghost Rider character that is a composite of several of the anti-heroes that have been featured in the comic. And Peter Fonda does a nice turn as Mephistopheles. Other than that, though, the film is a complete bust.
Cage, who plays Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider, seems to be using Depressed And Stoned Elvis as the inspiration for the character, as some of his physical movements are so awkwardly choreographed. The movie's special effects are poorly done, too. Near the end of the flick, when Ghost Rider uses his Penance Stare on his arch-nemesis in what should have been a moment of high drama, I put on my Lawn-Duty boots so I could begin cutting the grass.
And I was looking forward to it.