Who's seen Ghost Rider? I just watched it this afternoon with some friends. When I first heard about it, I thought....'Nicolas Cage and Eva Mendes? That's gotta be great!' I mean...even if it totally stinks...Eva's still in it, right? ;)
Well, of course I expected too much. I don't think it even began to live up to what I was expecting (expectations were based namely on Family Man, Con Air, Gone in 60 Seconds, National Treasurer, etc.) Several times throughout the first 15 or so minutes I just laughed out loud at how corny/cheesey alot of it seemed. The first thing is the opening animations during the credits....man, that was as silly as the opening animation for Casino Royale was! A lot of the dialog in the beginning seemed way too scripted and not rehearsed enough...as in, I thought it was too choppy and just said straight from memory as fast as possible in the hope that it wouldn't be forgotten. However, once Nicolas Cage and Eva Mendes took over (in the stead of the actors portraying them in their younger years), all of that changed. When they entered the scene you can stop picking apart the acting and focus more on the story line. :p
When the story about the actual 'ghost riding' started, it got a lot better, imo. It actually grabbed me and brought me into the movie so I soon stopped picking it apart. Note I'm not saying here it was mesmerisingly captivating...it wasn't nearly that good of a movie...however, the story did pick up and become very entertaining. Fearing I still haven't truly said what I mean...it wasn't great...and it wasn't horrible. There, you get it now? :p
At first I thought it was pretty cheesey how his head and hands turned into a skeleton and how he was on fire...just kinda didn't fit right with me...at first. It didn't take long for it to fit in, though. Just like the girl who was interviewed said...he really pulled off that look...:D
But, like I was saying, when the action kicked in, it got a lot better, and I actually thoroughly enjoyed watching the rest of the movie and so enjoyed the movie overall.
If you go in expecting a lot, you're probably setting yourself up for disappointment. However, if you're into action scenes and can shut off the analyzing mode for about 2 hours, it's worth watching.
At least I'd watch it again.
EDIT - I forgot to mention there was definitely a fair amount of language in this movie. I was really disappointed about that. As I recall nothing really horrible was said, but it all popped up way too often. Didn't add anything to it and would have been much better without it, imo.