Originally Posted by Kevin Roegele
If I may point out the great things about The Shaodw;
- Alec Baldwin is absolutely perfect as both Lamont Cranston and the Shadow. As Cranston, he is the perfect comicbook Bruce Wayne the movies have never given us. Pure charm, charisma and dapper playboy. As the Shadow he is sinister and heroic at the same time, and hypnotically mysterious. Baldwin brings a real substance and dramatic weight to the role, he gives it everything and he judges it perfectly. And his bellowing laugh as the Shadow would make any criminal panic.
When people talk about actors like Reeve and Jackman being perfect for their roles, Baldwin should be included for the Shadow.
- The tone of the movie. It's dark but not grim, fun but not light. As we've seen with the original four Batman movies, it's a very hard balance to create (arguably only the 1989 Batman acheived it, with the others being too dark or too light).
- The score. Perfectly puply, noirish, msyterious, with elements of wonder.
- Penelope Anne Miller. Pitch perfect recreation of a 1930's romantic intrest, from the glamour to the screwball comedy.
Wow, very well put; I agree with all your points. I had discovered the Shadow as a kid and always loved the 30's pulp-radio, hero thing. I looked forward to this movie alot when it was being released. At the time I worked at a movie theater and offered to paint the flm's logo image on the huge front window of the building; I wish I had a picture of it now. I even ordered the Shadow replica ring from some outfit in Florida, I still have it with the original tin box it arrived in; I used to have a Purba dagger but sold that after I got married.
Oh yeah, The Shadow for me too.