If you want to go back to the archives of the F This Movie! podcast, you will find that in our “Best and Worst Superhero Movies” a few of us ranked Mark Steven Johnson’s 2007 Ghost Rider as one of the worst ever. Spoilers: It’s still pretty bad, but this is about staying positive, so let’s break out the rainbows, unicorns, and pizza and watch 2007’s Ghost Rider.
Quickly, though, Ghost Rider becomes a different movie, as we see the young Johnny Blaze all grown up and being played by Nicolas Cage. Once again, though, I’m a fan of the concept (and Nicolas Cage). Johnny knows that “The Devil” wants to keep him alive, so does increasingly dangerous stunts knowing that his curse is going to keep him alive. Upon re-watching Ghost Rider, I realized "turning a negative to a positive" is the underlying theme throughout the movie. While it doesn’t work and is glossed over most of the time, the fact that the script even has a theme is something that I can applaud.
As silly as it is, though, I find the hardest thing for me to accept was the celebrity status assigned to a motorcycle stuntman. Ghost Rider saw his first appearance in 1973, while Evel Knievel was still selling thousands of tickets in the Astrodome, but this is 2007 and the idea of a famous stuntman just puts a giant roadblock in the movie. I know -- it’s a movie about a motorcycle riding spirit of vengeance and my biggest issue is that the stuntman is famous probably makes me a crazy person. Upon watching it again, the fame still bugs me, but does manage to fit the “folklore” tone that Ghost Rider tries to frame making it a bit easier to swallow this time around.
Fantastic Four (the reboot) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, so the question should be if I would still put it on the top of the “bad” list? I can confidently say “NO.” Much like trying to set your friend up with one of your ugly friends, I’m going to dig deep into the “personality” bucket and say Ghost Rider has a good personality, enough to leave it just sitting above the bottom of the barrel.