A Ghost Rider Fans’ Review of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.
Listeners to the podcast will know that I have a long held belief that Ghost Rider is the worst movie in the history of all time. They may also know that I have a long running battle regarding this point with long term listener Ian Marshman (or Ian “poo head” Bogman as I secretly call him).
A while ago I subjected myself to watching Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance 3D, purely for the schadenfreude-like pleasure of knowing Ian wasn’t able to as it wasn’t released in Australia yet.
Well, now Ian has seen the movie and has
demanded very kindly agreed to write a response to my original post. So without further ado, take it away Ian!
I am a huge fan of the Ghost Rider comics from Marvel Entertainment, and have been ever since I picked up my first issue in 1992. Sure, it’s not for everyone and I respect that, but this character speaks to me in a way that no other’s do, and even though Marvel have treated him really badly from time to time, I still buy and read everything that becomes available because there is always at least one element of each issue that I like.
As Dan has told you all, I like the 1st Ghost Rider film. I’ve copped a lot of flack over that, especially from Dan, but that’s OK because everyone is entitled to their own opinion, no matter how deranged. In Dan’s case, I put it down to the cold English weather freezing the part of his brain that controls good judgement. I mean, he looked into buying solar panels for goodness sake. In England. Where the sun comes out, what, 4 weeks a year?
When I heard another Ghost Rider film was being made, and especially when I saw the trailers, I became hopeful that it would really kick ass. And when Dan started bagging it, I was determined to see it, know he was absolutely wrong, and then write a post of my own that would make his beg for my mercy.
So sure was I that I was going to love it, I made the following choices:
1. I saw it on my Birthday
2. I went to a cinema that charged $21
3. I paid another $10 for movie food
4. I convinced a long-time friend of mine to pay $21 to see it with me. My wife refused to go.
So we went and watched the film, and when it was over, I apologised to my friend and gave him back his $21.
This film is a disgrace! I was dumbstruck in how terrible it was and also ashamed at how much that misleading trailer sucked me in. The storyline made no sense at all, the performances from all the actors was a dog’s breakfast (especially you Mr. Cage) and the on-screen portrayal of the Ghost Rider was infuriating. I was convinced that Dan was delusional based on his incorrect opinions of the first film, but now I have to sit down and eat 2 humble pies.
You were right Dan. I’m sorry I doubted you.
Needless to say, I am now treating this film the same way I treat the sequels to The Matrix: “There is no movie”.