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Review of Ghost Rider   

An OK film but not painful

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This review was originally started as a comment on Elfflame's recent review but I decided to post it as a review in it's own right as I got carried away! ;-)

Elfflame gave the film a 1/10 & while I can understand the low rating in my book a 1 ranks as a painful viewing experience, something reserved for the worst films ever. Whilst Ghost Rider will never win any film-making accolades I reckon that 1/10 is very harsh, for me a 5/10, ranking it as just an OK film. It's good storyline, which to be honest you'd expect for a film adaptation of a comic book story & I think you have to give some credit for Cage's under-stated almost hang-dog depiction of the main character. A reluctant super-hero, he pulls this off very well, yes it's very cheesey & not a little corny but that's something we've come to expect from Hollywood adaptations of comic book superhero stories. It would be interesting to see how the top Korean or Russian directors would approach a Marvel film, hmmmm!

The one thing that let's the film down is the over-abundance of special effects, they detract from the film, not because they are bad, they are in fact technically brilliant but in many scenes there is simply too much going on & it's difficult to take it all in.

All in all there's much worse ways to waste a couple of hours on a weekend if you've got nothing better to do and if you are some sort of comic book fanboy then you simply have to see this film, just so you can say you have, and maybe that is the point of it. :-)

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Added by escafeld 5 years ago
on 11 September 2008 00:30

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Posted: 5 years, 7 months ago at Sep 11 2:03
Heh. I can see why you made your own. That would have been quite the long comment.

I think the reason I rated it so low (and yes, I might have been a bit harsh, but I don't think I'd have given it even 5 the way you have) is because I can see the inherent potential. I know Cage is better than this movie, and I was wincing almost constantly at the dialogue. It really was completely corny.
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Nov 2 18:13
Nice review man. I don't know if I will watch Ghost Rider now lol.
Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at Jan 12 22:01
This is a realy good review. I agree with you about the special effects and even about the performance of Cage. OK maybe I would like to see someone else in the role of the main character but I must admit that he was good.

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