by: Mark Steven Johnson
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Peter
Elliott, Wes Bentley, Donal Logue
Released by: Sony
Short: Get out and take this wild ride with
Marvel Comics' devilish superhero; this one
is definitely a movie theater movie.
No Sleep Tonight
Rip Roarin' Ride
based on comic books are a tough bet. Blockbusters like
the original “Superman,” “Batman,”
and “Spider-Man” have flown high in the box
office, while a flop like “Catwoman” leaped
into oblivion. So as “Ghost Rider” hits the
silver screen, one can't help but wonder which way it
this adaptation of the popular Marvel Comics series lives
up to its fiery original. An entertaining mix of wild
visuals and out-of-this-world storytelling, “Ghost
Rider” tells the tale of motorcycle daredevil Johnny
Blaze (played by a well-cast Nicolas
Cage), who sells his soul to the devil in order to
cure his father of a deadly cancer. The film walks a fine
line between reality and fantasy, and pulls it off admirably.
That's quite a feat, considering that the main character
is a guy whose body turns into a flaming fireball when
the sun goes down, and rides a Harley that morphs into
a fiery steed. But go ahead, suspend your disbelief, and
hang on for the wild ride.
your classic comic book battle between good and evil,
with Peter Fonda playing a convincing devil, his performance
a knowing nod to his iconic role as a Harley-loving hippie
in the 1969 “Easy Rider.” He's terrific, as
Elliott, a mysterious graveyard caretaker.
the film is really all about Nic
Cage and his extremely likable character who has made
a bad deal with the devil. The veteran actor brings back
his slightly goofy persona, the one we remember from great
films like “Raising Arizona” and “Wild
at Heart,” and melds it with the larger-than-life
comic book hero that we can't help rooting for.
Mendes lends her voluptuous presence to the film as
well; she's great eye candy, but it is the whiz-bang special
effects that will really make your eyes pop.
in all, “Ghost Rider” is everything a big-screen
comic book movie should be, and especially works for those
who have never read the comic series the film is based
on. It's a fun ride for all.