WHAT IS IT?
It's the big-screen adaptation of the Shadow, based upon the superhero of the same name who appeared in pulp magazines, on radio and in comics. The film starred Alec Baldwin in the title role, whilst acting stalwarts Tim Curry, Ian McKellen and Peter Boyle provided support.
The Shadow was one of a number of pulp/dark heroes to appear on the big screen during the '90s (Darkman (1990), Rocketeer (1991), The Phantom (1996)) however it failed to light up the box-office. The film was budgeted at $40 million and although it just about recouped its costs by taking $48 million it certainly wasn't the hit movie that Universal Pictures had envisioned.
WHAT WAS GOOD?
Created in 1930, the Shadow influenced many modern superheroes, and in particular he had a huge influence on Batman. Unfortunately over the years despite a growing fan base the Shadow never quite managed to reach the same levels of popularity that Batman achieved and so it was Batman that made it to the big screen first.
Not surprisingly, when The Shadow made it to the big screen many elements of the film seemed reminiscent of Tim Burton's Batman (1989). This was a shame, as The Shadow worked best when it was making use of the darker theatrical elements of the source material and so comparing it to Batman only detracted from what actually worked in the movie. If Batman hadn't been released five years earlier then arguably The Shadow may have seemed fresher.
Additional highlights included the Shadow's ability to cloud people's minds and his cool cloak and mask. Alec Baldwin was also quite good as the Shadow/Lamont Cranston and Ian McKellen and Tim Curry helped raise the quality of the film during the weaker moments.
WHAT WAS BAD?
There's really no easy way to put this...
The Shadow was boring!!!!!!!
The storyline involved some mystical mumbo jumbo, which was in some way connected to Genghis Khan or rather one of his descendants... and...
Oh, do you know what? I've watched this movie THREE TIMES now and I still lose interest in the actually story!!
By the end of the movie I couldn't even tell you what happened, let alone care!
Even if you did pay me to care I still wouldn't watch The Shadow again.
I'm done with it so let's just get this over and done with shall we?