I'm at the part in the commentary where director Marc Steven Johnson is defending the bad reviews vs. the big box office. It's awkward to say the least, but he seems to have a good perspective in that the movie is meant to entertain, not change the world. "I don't see Helen Mirain's name in the credits. This is a movie about a guys head lighting on fire!"
I guess so.
I like Johnson though. Even though he's struggled in really translating it, there's no doubt that the guy is passionate about comics and making movies. He knows way more about Ghost Rider than I ever will, and I think it shows on screen. He's having a lot of fun with the character. Perhaps too much for some of the die-hard GR fans, but I'm definitely enjoying the resetting of the jaw and middle finger stuff, even on my 4th and 5th time through.
The commentary also features the head of the visual effects department. the two have been talking at length about the vast number of visual effects in the movie. A lot of people think it's mainly the animation of the title character, but the two are quick to point out all the other complex shots. It's nice. I'm noticing things I never would have normally.
There was a quick mention of the hatred felt online for the Goth girl. Johnson's talks about movements to try and get her removed from the movie even before the movie came out. She was featured pretty heavily in the previews and, if anything, it should have been an indication of how disconnected the movie would be from its audience. As much as Johnson loves comics... he may not truly be one of us.
The movie itself, having seen it a few times now is far from perfect. that's not exactly news to anyone, but I'm genuinely glad that it did find its way to my DVD collection because it's still a lot of fun. I like that it looks awesome and that it doesn't take itself SO seriously. It's no classic but I'm happy to take from it what it's giving me.
The comic and full review from March 1st, 2007