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Monday, February 19, 2007
Ghost Rider: Not Quite the Worst Film Ever
The most interesting thing about going to see Ghost Rider was that it was raining as we left the theater.
Not that there's much point in bothering to review a movie like Ghost Rider. It will, no doubt, do well for a week, maybe two, and then be forgotten, because it is a thoroughly forgettable and relentlessly mediocre film. Badly acted and poorly written, striving for camp (it's one saving grace) but in the end taking itself too seriously. Never before has the utter ridiculousness of super-heroes been so brilliantly, if unintentionally, translated to the screen. Every ponderously self-important utterance of the Ghost Rider sets off giggles, and the "penance stare" is the worst conceived super power in film history, consisting of thirty seconds of vague orange shapes flashing across the screen.
Still, better to go see this than Norbit.
Actually, I lie, there was one interesting thing about going to see Ghost Rider: trying to place it on the scale of awfulness in comparison to other films based on Marvel properties. The list I devised, from "not bad" to "proof there is no loving God" runs:
X-Men X-Men 2 Spider-Man 2 Fantastic Four Punisher Spider-Man Ghost Rider Hulk Daredevil X-Men 3 Ultimate Avengers