The Shadow (1994)

"I sense somebody's coming." - Peter Boyle

Cross DICK TRACY with BATMAN, subtract $20 or 30 million, and you're
standing in THE SHADOW, the long-awaited update of the famous '30's
radio show. The script is good and explains such things as the Shadow's
network of agents.  The film could use some richer characterizations,
though, despite the appealing cast.  (Alec Baldwin, John Lone, Penel-
ope Ann Miller, Ian McKellen, Jonathan Winters, Peter Boyle, *and* Tim
Curry appear.)

Other demerits include cheap FX, clumsy editing, and spotty direction.
THE SHADOW *does* a great sense of humor, though.  There's also a nod to
Orson Welles in a hall-of-mirrors sequence straight out of (THE LADY
FROM) SHANGHAI.  (Rated "PG-13"/~110 min.)

Grade: C+

Copyright 1994 by Michael J. Legeros

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