Friday, January 10, 2014

Movie Review: The Phantom

The Story: A flamboyant and ruthless criminal mastermind begins taking over New York City, though one of the city’s biggest newspapers is opposed to him. When the criminal starts searching for three skulls that can harness unimaginable power, his henchmen cross paths with a ghostly figure who’s supposed to be dead, which causes the ghostly figure to leave his jungle lair to battle against the criminal mastermind and his diabolical plans.

My Thoughts: I don’t know why, but I tend to find superhero movies boring. This is one of the exceptions. Superhero films can easily take themselves too seriously, or alternately be too over-the-top. Aside from a few momentary slip-ups, this film is just old-fashioned fun that is neither pretentious nor mere fluff, and sometimes has the feel of a less morally-conflicted Indiana Jones movie.

The Phantom himself has a lot in common with the light-hearted heroes portrayed by Erroll Flynn in films like The Adventures of Robin Hood, and that’s a good thing. Many of the action scenes, including one in a neat underground castle with a moat filled with sharks, are more memorable than it seems like they should be. And that sort of feeling pretty much sums up this film: It’s far more enjoyable than it seems like it should be.

Content Overview: After quite a bit of swearing early on, foul language is mild for the rest of the movie. Some mild innuendo and other mild bad behavior pops up a few times. Ambiguous mystical elements play a significant role in the story. The violence that is shown is not graphic, but the implications are sometimes more gruesome than usual for a PG-rated movie.


  1. Hmm, this seems like it would be interesting to check into.

    1. Let me know what you think of it, if you watch it!