I wanted to like Ghost Rider:Spirit of Vengeance…really, I did…

Why? A comic book hero? Idris Elba? Nicolas Cage is a skeleton on FIRE?  C’mon!  And guiltily, I enjoyed the first Ghost Rider (2007)–it had a solid mythology and was fun.  So, I was thinking this would be more of the same or at least some Drive Angry horribliciousness (yes…it is my word to describe movies that are horrible and awesome–I will also use Badtastic–as in Starship Troopers!). Anyway–I was WRONG!

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance doesn’t even qualify as a sequel, since it has nothing at all that ties it to the original–not the story or even Nicolas Cage (who is now even more of a caricature).  The narrative is convoluted.  The acting is ridiculously bad–even by the good actors.  The script is actually just a string of clichés.  The only bright spot is the use of some cool special effects, but sadly one can not live on effects alone.

Oh, we did laugh. At the movie though, not with the movie.

There are many reasons to dislike This Means War–and yet…

Is it weird that I wanted Chris Pine and Tom Hardy to hook-up??  This Means War only works because of the chemistry between these two guys and that Reese Witherspoon only serves as an intrusive wedge between these two souls that are meant to be together!  Oh wait…that is NOT the way it’s suppose to go? Well then…

In that case, it was predictable, full of “really?” plot points, a bit cliché and over-the-top.  AND still I enjoyed myself.  I guess there is power in chemistry.  And trust me, these two (good-looking :)) dudes have it.  They are both very good actors in a mediocre film–and they seem to truly enjoy each other’s company–you can feel how much fun they’re having. Witherspoon is okay–charming and sweet, like always. The real surprise for me was Chelsea Handler, who was believable and funny–who knew? 

There are few genuine laughs and when you get past the unrealistic (and illegal) use of taxpayer money–it is fun–kind of like an ice-cold Coke Cola–bubbly, sweet and full of empty calories.  This is directed by McG , who again proves to have a strong sense of action and little sense when it comes to character development and narrative. 

Oh well.  Good thing every once in a while you just want a Coke.