I know there is another thread relating to this somewhere, but I can't find it.
Well, Ray Stephenson was a great Punisher. Thomas Jane just wasn't menacing enough.
This new punisher is all about kicking *** and then more ***. There are some great scenes where the Punisher's viciousness really shines. Over the top bloodletting that hasn't been scene in a marvel movie since the first Blade.
Unfortunately, the Ying to the Punisher's Yang was rediculous. The Jigsaw was intended to be like the Joker. But Dominique West, and his stupid New York accent was just annoying. Not the least bit threatening. Jigsaw is a nasty SOB in the comics. His imagining in the movie is awful. The director is to blame. When Jigsaw is revealed he is watching an infomercial for some eco friendly cleaning product. The graphics on the commercial show the earth as jigsaw puzzle. five minutes later, Dominique is sitting in his driver's car, and his driver asks him "So eh Jimmy where youze want to go eh?" And Jimmy (aka Jigsaw) proclaims in his uber annoying New Yowka accent. "Jimmy is dead. You needs ta start coaling me Jigsaw. And we are going to get my money." I laughed at the stupidity.
I blame the director. He made some pretty stupid decisions. The tone of the movie was intense until the main villain makes an appearance. Then it just takes a nose dive into cheeseville. I can't strees enough how laughable his accent was. So fake. Stallone would have sounded better. Jigsaw and Punisher's story is personal in the comics. Here, they don't even meet each other until the very end of the movie at the moment Punisher kicks his *** skewers him in the side with a pipe shaft and kicks him into a hearth. Yawn.