In For the Trailers Never Ever Give a Thought to Me, SamuraiFrog listed some thoughts he had one some upcoming movies. In the comments, I noted that I agreed with most, but vehemently disagreed with the ones I disagreed with.
Now, in the case of Punisher: War Zone, that may be a little unfair. In fairness, I don't think it'll be good. I just think I'll watch it anyway.
I enjoyed The Punisher by Jonathan Hensleigh. Not without reservation, mind you, but I certainly thought dropping Thomas Jane for this... follow-up... was definitely throwing out the baby with the bathwater.
Basically, I think Hensleigh was given an unlikely task... a task that would have required a great director to pull off, and he fell short of that. What was asked of him was to blend together the early style with the style (and story) of Welcome Back, Frank by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. Perhaps someone like a Quentin Tarantino could have made that work, but Hensleigh doesn't quite.
He comes closer than most likely would have. Basically, both storylines and styles work on their own. Ok, John Travolta doesn't really work as the lead villain. It seems like Hensleigh tries to keep his hamminess reigned in, and he almost works at those moments.
How do I feel about Frank Castle, the original comic book character? Well, like most characters that have been around that long and reinvented and overused as often as Castle, it's hard to say. I like the good books. I find a lot of his stuff a lot more boring than makes much sense, but I think the basic concept is solid and entertaining.
I can't think I understand what this new movie is trying to accomplish different, and to the extent I can, I can't say I'm entirely impressed. And yet, seeing Ray Stevenson with the skull on his chest, looking remarkably like the original Ross Andru drawings, I know I won't be able to resist the call.