Friday, December 12, 2008
Decadent Dave's Blue Sky Disney Mini-Review: Punisher Warzone
I remember when I was 17 and The Punisher was the personification of all of my rebellious teenage angst. I remember the painted covers of The Punisher Magazine with larger-than-life Frank Castle armed to the teeth laying down brutal carnage
Ray Stevenson was literally ripped from those covers to become the manifestation of The Punisher. Jigsaw is the flip side of Frank. He's literally insane. But unlike Ledger's Joker which was played with disturbing menace, Dominic West takes it so far over the top that he plays it like a campy Dick Tracy goon. It's a bipolar film of manic extremities but Stevenson is the first to get it right.
Dolph and Jane played him like a pissed off normal guy having a bad day. Stevenson is a force of nature. Like Rambo he's a one man army. That is how the Punisher always was. I had long forgotten what had made the Punisher seem so cool at that age and Stevenson reminded me of why The Punisher was such a cool character back in high school.
For years I've thought about selling all of my comics and magazines and pushed them aside as nothing more than juvenile teenage fantasies but now I want to go back up into the attic and dig them all out and experience that cathartic teenage rage all over again.