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An introduction and review of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengence

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                So just to introduce myself to start off with, I am The Lapsed Geek Once a geek always a geek, even if you do not have the time and money to be one. I will be reviewing anything that catches my fancy, as well as anything suggested to me, as long as I can get a hold of it. My plan is to be doing about 2 or 3 different “shows” in the long run but right now I will hold to newly seen stuff and a blog I would like to call “Netflix Fodder.” Anywho on to the review….

                To start off I would like you to imagine a balloon filled to bursting, now what is it filled with you may ask? Cornball comedy and exposition I would tell you. And what is that balloon made of you may ask, why that balloon is made of wonderful action scenes and crazy Nicholas Cage that are stretched so thin the balloon could burst any minute I would say. Now I would say this analogy is getting stretched so thin that I should just get to the brass tacks of the issue. So was the movie good?..... Well yes and no.

                What was good about it? Well a lot of things were good (but I feel a few of them are only good to me.) For one this is a movie where it could be easily said that Nicholas Cage was having fun in the role, and it is known for a fact that Nicholas Cage is at his best when he is enjoying a role. There were some wonderful manic scenes played by him. There was also some great action scenes, I can say that during every action scene my eyes were glues to the screen. They bring back “The Rider’s” ability to change anything he rides, which makes for some awesome visuals. Now for something that I truly enjoyed, however others may think that it was a little much in this movie, cornball humor! Given that this is a comic book movie, even though it falls under the Marvel Knights production logo, It actually takes some great little joke breaks. There are certain ones that have already flooded internet so I will say about one of my favorite, Ghost Rider pisses fire like a freaking flamethrower.

                Now for the bad, sometimes the comedy feels a little out of place in a such a dark and grittier type of story, funny as they may be. I will not cover a lot of the comedic problem considering I actually enjoyed that bit of the movie. The reason I bring it up though is because I feel that I was the only one in the theater actually laughing. Now for one I feel is a legitimate gripe about the movie, the arduous and yawn inducing exposition. The placement of the exposition in this movie for the most part was just so long and drawn out that I nearly fell asleep multiple times. Given that could definitely be due to it being my nephews birthday and dealing with a lot of 10-11 boys running around like monkeys on crack, but even though that is happening it shouldn’t make me nod off. Now I do not want to hear the excuse “It’s a sequel and they need to explain the origin story for the people who did not see the first movie.” Because that argument is invalid, they hardly explained the first movie in fact they take 2 minutes to explain the origin in the beginning and talk about it again in at least two other parts of the movie.

                So once again is this a good movie? Well yes and no, if you liked the first one go ahead and give this a shot, but maybe wait till the DVD release. If not, I would say the same but don’t expect too much interesting except some mindless action scenes. So I would like to hear from you, whoever reads this and give me some feedback and maybe a review or two. So this is The Lapsed Geek reminding you to always consider that sometimes the price is too much to pay for 2 hours wasted.

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  • rewind83709
    rewind83709 Saturday, 25 February 2012

    I've seen two reviews for this movie, one by Brad Jones/The Cinema Snob, he really liked it.
    And another by Spill.com, and they hated it.
    So, I'm not sure, maybe I'll wait till it comes out on dvd.

  • TheLapsedGeek
    TheLapsedGeek Saturday, 25 February 2012

    i saw Mr. Jones review and that is what made me want to see the movie, and I haven't been to Spill in about 3 years. But Mr. Jones' rings compleatly true, I especially say if you love Nick Cage go for it, it has some awesome Nick Cage moments.

  • rewind83709
    rewind83709 Saturday, 25 February 2012

    I really hated the first movie too, and when I saw the trailer and heard that the guys who did Crank, and Gamer were doing this, I had no hopes.
    But I'll give it a try.

  • Positive Troll
    Positive Troll Sunday, 26 February 2012

    Hi TheLapsedGeek. Welcome to the blog, my friend. Make yourself at home. I like how you included what was good and what was bad about this film to you and your reasons behind them. I look forward to seeing your next review. Peace.

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