Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)

dir. Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor

Sadly, Spirit of Vengeance isn’t quite as much fun as the first Ghost Rider. By this time they really embraced how utterly ludicrous the whole Ghost Rider concept is, and dial everything to 11. Exorcisms, demons, explosions – it’s all designed to be as outlandish as possible. But Nicolas Cage, who embodies outlandishness as a rule, doesn’t seem to be having quite as good a time in this one as he is in the first one. The thing with something like Ghost Rider is the hilarity comes with how seriously the film seems to be taking itself. The earnestness is what makes the insanity so much fun. Spirit of Vengeance is a bit too self-aware to as entertaining as its predecessor. That being said, it’s still a flaming skeleton riding around on a motorcycle delivering justice to evildoers, so it’s obviously still inherently a bit entertaining.

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