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They failed to update it so it just comes off as cheesy.
This movie should have been way better then what it was. The concept is good enough to pass for a decent movie but yet it failed. You know your movie is bad when the toys for kids are a lot better.
Alec Baldwin is truly terrific in this very underrated superhero flick from the early 90's (10/10)
The Shadow is a mess whose only major memorable element is Alec Baldwin playing a superhero. The story is predictable, the characters aren't the most fleshed out and the screenplay, while not cringy, isn't amazing either. And that's disappointing seeing how it's a David Koepp script However, the stunning visual style, cool special effects, worthy performances, stylishly badass moments and wonderful production design & art direction make it a movie that, disappointing as it might've been that executives wouldn't let Sam Raimi direct it*, is still worth checking out at the end of the day, easy as it might be to dismiss it as just a knockoff of Tim Burton's Batman movies.
*It is rather hilarious in hindsight to think that Sam Raimi didn't get the chance to direct this movie whose script was provided by David Koepp. Come 2002 and guess which webslinging superhero they're translating to the big screen.
The Shadow Knows!!!!
Great 40's style comic movie.
Problematic narrative elements aside, I think one can still appreciate how weird this movie is. Clearly a result of a major Hollywood studio seeing the financial success of Tim Burton's two Batman movies and assuming if they found a dark, Noir, Art Deco, and puply equivalent, they'd also be rolling in money. It's a mess but a beautiful one filled with memorably imagery and strange characters.
Borrowing designs, music and a sepulchral and incomprehensible plot from Tim Burton's superior Batman movies, this clunky comic book adaptation has some decent special FX but is fatally let down by the charmlessness of its lead actor and the waste of great performers like Jonathan Winters and Peter Boyle in thankless supporting roles. Only Tim Curry comes out of it unscathed.
Great acting between Baldwin as the Shadow and John Lone as Shiwan Khan really make this movie enjoyable. Add to that great action, a clever plot and a nice genre feel and you pave got a great way to spend a couple of hours with a bucket of popcorn :)
Classical pulp fiction period piece, Alec Baldwin and Penelope Ann Miller stand out leads for The Shadow, who has a mystique to any corner he lurks. Great Musical Score, sounds similar to Danny Elfman. Outdated in themes of suspense. Shiwan Khan has a plausible motive to the plot.
Cheesy but harmless.