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The Shadow fan club.
I've had this dvd in my computer for the last week on heavy rotation while I work and I have to say that I'm enjoying it more than ever. Is Alec Baldwin my choice for Lamont Cranston? No. But as the character is written he does a great job. I've never liked Margo so I'm not one of those who didn't care for Penelope Ann Miller's take on the character. As the film progressed I thought the two principals clicked and created that Nick & Nora feel that the radio show strived for. I didn't like them changing the Cobalt Club the way they did. Naming it something else would have solved the problem. Burbank, B Jonas, and Moe were all welcome sights. Keeping it as a period piece was wise and really helped the innocent feel of the film.
Was this "The" Shadow? Not mine, but definitely one that can exist amongst the other incarnations. A fun film that had real possibilities of becoming a franchise if only given the chance. Let's hope the next one stays truer to WBG version and brings the pulps to the silver screen.
I loved the movie. In my opinion, this is "the shadow". The Shadow is a supernatural being, and that's it - if he were just a mortal man who occasionally clad himself in a cape and hat, he would be a far cry from harvesting any interest on my part, and many others, for that matter. It's his powers and supernatural streak that makes him stand head and shoulders above the rest.
The movie shadow is simply and inevitably a modernization of the character, plus the fact that he seems so much more interesting and captivating.
One of the key elements of the shadow has to be his physical metamorphosis - the nose and all. Granted, there are many versions of him going round, but each his own...
Movieshadow clearly and majestically reigns supreme in my sphere, bar none...
When Lamont taps his inner abilities, he thus gets access to a darker power dwelling inside of him; to think that that power is limited only to his mesmerizing talents or exclusive to other powers is to diminish the character.
I know I'm going to take a lot of heat cause of this, but dare I say that the pulp shadow is outdated? We need the updated version from the 94 movie.
The Pulp Era version of The Shadow,(The Shadow according to Gibson) is, and always will be, the definitive Shadow. He is the original, the real deal. Not unlike Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan, Conan, Soloman Kane, Jimmie Dale, The Spider, The Black Bat, And others. Accept no substitutes! Copies, are just that, copies. I, for one, think a fully human Shadow far more interesting than a "supernatural" one. After all, he is not "Brother Grim".
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