In fact it’s so cliché even I wrote a story with that same premise.
The great thing about Ghost Rider is his hardcore edge. Yes, The Punisher is similar but with Ghost Rider it’s on a whole different level, a supernatural demonic level. Also, a flaming skull? I’ll take that over spandex any day. I actually have read vary little Ghost Rider to be frank. But what I have read has been fun. I recently acquired a few miscellaneous copies in a very sketchy LetGo deal. Any trades that occur out of the trunk of two cars and a Wal-Mart parking lot is sketchy. I’m going to write more about my escapades in a blog to come soon.
Actually, 60% of my exposure to Ghost Rider is thanks to one man. Nicholas Cage. That’s right, the meme himself influenced my Ghost Rider fandom and was actually my first exposure to the story. Laugh all you want but, that movie came out when I was 13 years old and I thought it was great.
Well guess what, it’s still great.
I fired up Hulu and enjoyed a pre-Marvel Studios masterpiece. I think now I’m drawn the “it’s so bad it’s good” aspect of the film, when as a young scrap I thought the flaming skull was cool (I still do). Plot holes aside, were are graced with several gems including Nic Cage shouting BOO into a mirror, a henchman shouting for help to his comrades in one scene and they literally disappeared in the next shot for no reason, and Fat Amy herself doing an interview describing Ghost Rider. The same one from Pitch Perfect. Don’t believe me? Google it.
As for plotholes, the film never explained:
- Why Johnny Blaze gets to keep his powers at the end of the movie, even though the Devil gave it to him.
- Why Johnny is friends with his show promoter (when he’s not allowed to have friends) but can’t love his bae reporter ladyfriend (Roxanne) Eva Mendes.
- Why Carter Slade, the groundskeeper/Rider, rode 500 miles to San Verdeno but chose not to help…like at all.
- Why won’t the devil threaten to mess with Roxanne to keep Johnny in line like he did with his dad?
Plot holes and choice acting aside, you have to love the movie for its willingness to be fun, wild and semi-action packed. Watching Eva Mendes get sloshed and then asking the waiter if she was pretty was hilarious (he said meh), Johnny shouting “BLEAHH” in to the mirror was equally dumb and funny.
Oh and the fight scenes where actually really well done! Ghost Rider actually smoked the "Fallen" henchmen with ease like a badass. We saw cool powers at play and pretty decent special effects.
This film was back in the glory days when people expected very little out of a Marvel film, so writers and directors could do what they want. This is opposed to nowadays where studios either suck the soul out of directors (Joss Wheeden – Age of Ultron) or try to mimic a successful film style only to find it doesn’t fit. I’m looking at you Zach Snyder, you need to chill out.
So if you’re looking for that classic Marvel feel without all the corporate hogtying, I highly encourage you to reminisce and watch Ghost Rider.
Till next time!