The Shadow Sequel Poll
What would be the theme for the sequel (i.e. dark and serious,
or fun and campy like the 1994 movie, a bit of both, or something else)?
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I think the tone of the sequel should be a mix
of humor and drama, just like the 1994 film. In that film, Cranston
and Khan had some funny lines, but they still grappled with serious and
dramatic issues of good versus evil. The appeal of The Shadow, to me, was
the conflict within himself, always stuggling
so that the evil doesn't overcome him. To ignore that fact and just make
The Shadow a crimefighting detective would be to cheapen
the very reason he is interesting. But any serious movie needs a little
bit of humor, which could be supplied by his agents (like Moe, Margo,
and maybe even another.) And as a final point, I recommend that the movie
ignore the Kent Allard connection, and assume that his true identity
is Lamont Cranston.
I would have to agree with Nick. Ignore the Kent Allard
connection and go completely with Lamont Cranston. It would have
a lot more action, a little more serious
story, maybe a bit more challenging
for The Shadow... Khan and The Shadow are good representation of Good and
Evil. Maybe a final showdown... only Walter
B. Gibson knows for sure.
First off, I would disagree that the theme
of the 1994 film was fun and campy. I think
that the film tried to establish a dark and mysterioso
feeling or theme. There was a bit of mild, self-referential humor,
like the early James Bond films (On a tangent,
but still germaine to the main topic is this: Every action-adventure film
that has been released since the Bond films came out have always tried to
copy the humor and style of the 007 films. In many cases, they fail, even
some of the Bond films of the 1980's. This is a case of a brand-name
so overwhelming the market with it's product that every competitor feels
they have to copy it just to get noticed. They do, but not in the way they
hoped. They usually end up looking inferior
to what they copied and veryone will call it a pale imitation of what is
The Shadow tried to establish it's own style, indebted to Bond in small
ways, but managed to stand on it's own two feet with it's blend of action
and humor. The only place that the film truly fell down was the runaway
bomb scene towards the end. While I was sitting in the theater watching
it, I truly felt a sinking feeling in my stomach as I watched this totally
out of place slapstick sequence invade a film
that was preceding so well towards a very well done conclusion. Seeing the
bouncing bomb roll down the staircase, knocking Margo and Dr. Lane about
like bowling pins totally destroyed the mood
of the film, making the confrontation between Khan and The Shadow less powerful
than it should have been. (In the script of the film, this sequence is not
played for laughs. The bomb is released from where it is hanging
in Khan's throne room and starts to roll for a hole in the unfinished wall
of the Hotel Monolith. Margo and Dr. Lane think it will all be over, but
the bomb is too big to fit through the hole and wedges itself there. The
defusing sequence follows as in the film.)
If there ever is a sequel, I think the theme should be dark
and moody, shadowy and mysterioso. The
Shadow preceded James Bond and all other contenporary action heroes by 30
years, if not more. He has a right to choose
his own mood and the audience, uncomfortable and unused to the mood, should
be open enough to try something new. I hate to keep harping back to the
Bond films, but when they first came out, people did not know what to make
of them. Were they semi-realistic spy films?
Action-adventure? Or, in the broadest sense,
were they comedies with very dark humor?
" Where were they going?" asks a workman of Bond after a hearse goes off
"I think they were on their way to a funeral, " replies Bond.
Dark and moody should dominate. There will
be humor, but it will be appropriate to the piece.
I think the sequel should be fun and campy
like the '94 movie. This was 'pulp fiction'
at it's best! When Lamont would influence someone
with his mind and the lighting on his face changed or the scene with the
bomb rolling, this was pure unadulterarted fun!
The way it was meant to be, over the top. Alot of people just don't understand
or appreciate pulp for what it is.