Wednesday, March 31, 2004

The Punisher, Ennis-style

The movie's good. Sadistic, brutal, darkly funny -- everything an adaptation of a Garth Ennis comic should be. The way the violence escalates throughout the course of the movie is really effective, and it's probably nastier than a lot of people are expecting. The Punisher isn't even a little bit of a hero; he's just as big a monster as the criminals he's fighting. He has motivation and is reasonably careful about who he kills, so I guess he's a marginally better person than, let's say, Pol Pot. The beauty of Garth Ennis' take on the character was that he never shied away from the fact that his protagonist is a brutal psycho. And he's cool with that. This movie is kind of a throwback to 1970s drive-in crime dramas, with weird, fun set pieces and really screwed up ethics. And musical numbers. The musical numbers are important too.

Tomorrow: Hellboy!

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