I have an interesting relationship with Ghost Rider. For a movie that I’m indifferent towards I have seen it several times. I saw it like five times in theaters, each time because somebody else was paying and the theater where I grew up was cheap. Rewatching it for the first time in over ten years I don’t understand why I kept watching it in theaters. I would hope that I wasn’t that bored. This is a much different movie than the sequel. While this is technically a better movie I find as many issues with it as the sequel.
Ghost Rider was written and directed by Mark Steven Johnson. The first movie that I saw of his was Daredevil which was another movie that I really wanted to like but it was boring. These two movies have been the only ones of his that I’ve watched. He’s made several other movies both before and since that I’ve not seen. He has a great sense for the source material just the way its adapted is where it stumbles.
The movie stars Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Wes Bentley, Sam Elliott, Donal Logue, and Peter Fonda. This is only the second movie that I can think of Wes Bentley starring in. He has a special distinction in this movie, where he overacts more than Nicolas Cage. This is one of the more downplayed roles for Cage, especially considering how a lot of his more recent roles. Peter Fonda and Sam Elliott are fun in their roles.
Ghost Rider is centered on Johnny Blaze. The movie starts as he’s doing a two-man stunt show with his dad. Johnny’s dad is sick and he signs a deal with a mysterious man to cure his dad of his cancer. His dad ends up dying and Johnny leaves with Mephistopheles taunting him. Blackheart, Mephistopheles’ son, comes to earth for the contract of San Venganza for the control of a thousand corrupted souls. He gains the aid of the Hidden to get it. Mephistopheles makes Johnny Blaze to fulfill his end of the bargain to become the Ghost Rider.
The look of Ghost Rider in this movie is more comic accurate than the design that they went with for the sequel. The CG effects of the movie have not aged well. Some of them look like they were made in the late 90s, which means they’re incredibly dated. The Ghost Rider himself doesn’t look dated, which is key. Christopher Young did the music for the movie. The score is okay, which means it goes well with the movie.
Ghost Rider is kind of a boring movie. I don’t know how but both of the movies were boring, but in different ways. I wasn’t necessarily wowed by either movie. This is also currently on HBO Max but is leaving at the end of the month like its sequel. I give Ghost Rider 4 cocktail glasses full of jelly beans out of 10.