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Anyone who has been reading this blog for a while will know that I am a big fan of the comic book movie genre, from Superman to X-men, Daredevil to Spiderman. So it was with anticipation that I walked into the dark of the cinema to see this years first hero flick. Already delayed by nearly a year, Ghost Rider tells the story of Johnny Blaze, who as a teenager sold his soul to Mephistopheles a.k.a. the Devil, to cure his fathers cancer. Little did he know that many year later he would be back to honour the agreement. In the interim years Johnny had become one the worlds biggest motorcycle riders surviving major crash after crash, pushing himself to the limit. Now with the devils son, Blackheart trying to take over the world, it is time for the Ghost Rider to rise. When the night comes Johnny Blaze lives up to his name as he becomes the flaming skull, motorcycle rider.  

Obviously most comic book movies rely on the look of their main character, and with Ghost Rider they haven’t let us down, the flaming skull looks amazing as does the awesome motorcycle from hell. As the tortured soul (or lack of), Nicolas Cage does a great job as the hero bringing him some neat little quirks which warm us to him, (Carpenters and Jelly beans!). His love interest is played by the frankly smoking Eva Mendes, as the journalist and ex girlfriend, he left behind. The villians are played by Peter Fonda, as Mesphistopheles and Wes Bentley as Blackheart, unfortunately these are the real weak points in the movie, especially Bentley, his character is very sort of one dimensional and you don’t really understand who he is and what he wants and as for his minions, they needn’t really have been in the film. It’s not very often these days that a film seems too short, usually they are too long, but this film to me felt a bit rushed, it needs fleshing out a bit, give us more about the characters involved. Director Mark Steven Johnson previously directed another comic book film, Daredevil, a film I really enjoyed and enjoyed even more when the Directors Cut came out on DVD as it brought more to the story, hopefully we might get the same with Ghost Rider. Despite being delayed by nearly a year it still feels incomplete. Don’t get me wrong though, I did enjoy the film, Nic Cage was great, the Ghost Rider looked amazing and some of the action sequences were impressive, it has a good mix of comedy and seriousness, and for a 12A certificate is actually pretty scary, it made me jump a few times. It was just lacking that spark that makes Spiderman and X-men such great movies. Rating 6/10

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