|Directed by:||Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor|
|Written by:||David Goyer, Scott Gimple, Seth Hoffman|
|Genre:||Action, Comic Book|
I'm not going to sugarcoat anything about the way I feel about this movie. So here I go, I fucking LOVED it! Oh yeah you read that right, despite all the negative reviews and press and whatnot this movie got I personally thought it was fantastic. Maybe it was all the bad I heard about it that made me like it so much, I mean if you go into a movie with low expectations and you enjoy it then I feel like you enjoy it that much more.
Yes I acknowledge that this movie was a cheese-fest the entire time but unlike the first Ghost Rider movie this one knew what it was and went full speed ahead without looking back. Was it over the top? Hell yes but wanted to be over the top as can be as is evidenced with every thing in the movie.
Anyone familiar with the directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor know their over the top action with the Crank movies and although not as over the top as those movies Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance was very much cut from the same cloth. Its frantic, fast paced and incredibly fun.
Unsurprisingly Nicolas Cage very much followed suit with the over the top feel of the movie with his insane performance. Everyone knows Cage goes way out there with a lot of his performances and this one was no different. A big surprise for me in this one was the fact that we did indeed get crazy Nicolas Cage in this movie, maybe it shouldn't of been but he was much more subdued as Johnny Blaze in the first movie then he was in this one, here he just went all out and the movie was all the better for it.
One of the bigger complaints about the first movie is the CGI. There was to much of it and it looked bad. Well I'm not going to say that Spirit Of Vengeance isn't oozing with CGI but this time around it looks A LOT better. It goes without saying that Ghost Rider and his bike look better this time around, anyone who has seen a picture of The Rider can see that. Sure everything else looks better as well but its the special effects on Ghost Rider that make all the difference.
Another vast improvement in this one is the villain. Sure Carrigan isn't the main villain of the movie that would be Roarke, but when Carrigan is transformed into Blackout I wished that he would take over the role of lead villain since he was far more interesting and even though it wasn't a long one, he put up more of a fight then any of the villains in the first Ghost Rider movie combined.
Overall Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance is the first movie that had me giddy leaving the theater in quite some time, what I got was so much better then I could of ever expected that I couldn't help but love the hell out of this one and if Marvel and Cage want to come back for a third Ghost Rider movie then you better believe that I'll be there. I give Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance a very surprising 8 out of 10.