THE PUNISHER "HITS" THEATERS !
When I was collecting comics back in the late 80s and early 90s collectors bought different types of comics for different types of experiences. You wouldn't buy a Spider-Man comic to get a Superman story. And likewise you didn't buy a Punisher comic to get a Hulk story, a Spider-Man story or even a Batman story, you bought a Punisher comic to get a Punisher story-period. A hardboiled story filled with unrelenting, methodical vengeance filled violence. And in much the same that is why you go to see a Punisher Movie.
If you go in not knowing anything about the character you may be a bit disappointed. I read many reviews complaining about the blunt ferocity and lack of subtlety in the story-well if you know anything about the character you know they got it right. That is the Punisher, an anti-hero originally created in 1974 at a time when the vigilante movie genre was in full gear with flicks like Death Wish. The Punisher kills bad guys, sometimes he shoots them, other times he uses a knife and then there are the times when he gets really creative-as in the end of the film. And speaking of the grand finale, in my theatre the entire audience began clapping when Castle exacted his final revenge.
Spoiler Warning- I am going to talk about the film in a very general way for a minute and I do not want to ruin it for anybody-so if you want to tune out for a minute go ahead.
Thomas Jane was perfect as the Punisher-playing the character the way he was meant to be played.
Things I didn't like- the origin should have taken place in Central Park in New York City-maybe their budget didn't allow for it. But even in that I think they did a great job infusing the general idea of the origin and taking it to a grander scale.
I loved John Travolta in Pulp Fiction, even liked him when he over acted in Face-Off but I am just so bored with him now. They should have tried Christopher Walken or James Gandolfini as the villain. Is it just me has Travolta become such a caricature of himself that every time he is on the screen I hear Tony Manero from Saturday Night Fever. I kept picturing the villain sounding a little something like this-
"Hey Castle, ya hit my hair, I work real hard on my hair and then ya hit it. It's like so weird but now I'm gonna have to kill ya whole friggin' family."
Seriously folks the next two statements I am going to make are facts whether you agree with me or not- The Incredible Hulk Movie was a bad, bad, very bad film and if you liked even one Punisher comic book you will like this film- Nuff said.
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