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Written and directed by Frank Miller, adapted from the famous comic strip by Will Eisner (who’s been labeled the "Orson Welles of comics"). Miller, in his first solo outing as writer/director, brings The Spirit to the screen in the same manner as his Sin City and 300 adaptations – using digital background technology to meld live action performances with graphical elements.
Packing drama, thrills and romance, this is the story of a former rookie cop who returns from the dead as The Spirit (Gabriel Macht) to fight crime from the shadows of the gothic Central City. His arch-enemy is the Octopus (Samuel L Jackson) who pursues his own version of immortality. The Spirit tracks this cold-hearted killer from Central City's rundown warehouses, to the damp catacombs, to the windswept waterfront... all the while facing a bevy of beautiful women who either want to seduce, love, or kill our masked crusader. Scarlett Johansson’s the girl next door, Paz Vega’s the secretary vixen, Eva Mendes is Sand Saref – jewel thief and the love of Spirit’s life turned bad.
Miller describes the tale; “The character has a terrifying side to him. This is a man who’s died and came back to life. So it twists into fantasy. And of course there are tons of women in it. There have to be — it’s The Spirit. They’re all in love with him, and he’s in love with all of them. You might say he’s a bit of a slut.”
- Frank Miller('Sin City')
- Frank Miller (based on the comic strip by Will Eisner)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Thriller
Rating: M contains violence
New Zealand's 'M' rating has set a new benchmark for cartoonish brutality. The Spirit's invulnerable characters take a page out of Wile E. Coyote's book and turn household items into weapons of mass destruction. Toilets, rubbish bins and - knowingly - a kitchen sink are shattered over skulls in the first 15 minutes. By the fifth reel, most audience members won't be surprised to see Samuel L. Jackson dressed as a Nazi, murdering a fluffy kitten.
Not chasing any Oscars, The Spirit wisely plays to its strengths. At one point a breathless dame whispers to our hero, "keep your mask on, something tells me it'll be better that way." It's an apt summary of a film that highlights the surreal at all costs.
Director Frank Miller uses a stunning monochromatic palette to achieve this goal. In his high-contrast world we only ever see beautiful women and toned men. Sadly, this minimalistic worldview also flows into his script. The Spirit himself narrates throughout and the technique might have been able to fix the story's plot-holes, if it weren't for him occasionally talking directly to-camera and ruining Miller's escapist illusion.
Without the voice-over, the film could have become the bad-taste hit of the summer. With it, the movie feels a little too cheap and in need of a few script re-writes.
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Know the origins, love the veiw
Know the origins, love the veiw
Most people hated this movie because they thought it was too cheesy and in bad taste. However if anyone recalls, the same was said about Sin City. I love the image of Frank Miller, the scenes were very "pretty" in a film majors perspective and the fighting was angled and actioned really sweetly. The script was cheesy, yes, but it's off of a comic book kids, if you expect anything more or less then maybe you're not looking into the right kind of movies. I personally found myself giggling, yes giggling, at the ridiculous fighting, beautiful art, and total brutality of it all. Also I find that there were many great monologues within the movie. I would say that Frank Miller did just as well with The Spirit as his other successes movie wise, fan wise not so much, but some people are just foolish in how they judge a movie, especially when it's made from a comic book they probably never even read.
I cant believe I paid money to see this movie.
I wanted this movie to be good. I really did. I was a huge fan of Sin City and Frank Miller in general, so I had high hopes. I even tried to ignore the critical slaughter this movie had been put through in the past few weeks.
Five minutes in, I tuned to my friend next to me and said, "What the f*ck?" This movie is simply horrible. The acting is bad. The CGI is bad. The plot is bad. The script is bad. The best part about this movie was "The Watchmen" trailer beforehand.
It was hilarious watching Samuel L. Jackson take the piss out of all of his lines - it seems he was the only one in on the joke that this was such a terrible movie.
Do not see this movie.
Spirit entirely devoid of soul
Never in my life have I been so completely mortified by the lack of interest in a film that I've walked out, but that's exactly what I did tonight.
"The Spirit" is by far THE WORST movie I have ever seen. I actually realised this early on by trying to sit through the god awful dialogue as the Spirit and The Octupus fight each other in a pool of mud. Effectively it was mud wrestling with random words thrown in as background noise. This was a complete disaster. You have big names in ridiculous roles, utterly unclever dialogue, and while it looks effective with the great CGI as seen in "Sin City" that's where the comparison ends. It is BY FAR the WORST movie I have ever attempted to sit through, I didn't even bother to get a refund so that I didn't have to sit the teller through a lecture on just how terrible the film was. Thats 2 hours of my life I'll never get back. Take my advice and skip this tragic mess of cinematography.
Scripted, Corny, and I loved it!
Scripted, Corny, and I loved it!
Very different to your "average cookie-cutter" comic-to-movie. It leans towards comic-on-screen than a movie. With soundeffects that make you picture those little "biff"/"smack"/"crunch" and and the sin city (yes another comic to movie) random colour thing (like his tie is almost always a children-coloured in red). But dispite its corny script that was painful in bits, there were many moments where I had to laugh. Like when the Octopus wedges a toilet over the Spirit and the Octopus and teases:"Everyone loves toilet jokes", I couldn't suppress a giggle. Or the badass quote the Spirit said to the Octopus- "I'm gonna kill you all kinds of dead." The Spirit is very interesting, bound to walk almost completely alone because he is in love with every woman but can anly stay true to his main love - his city. He character is kind of sad, but clever. I think the Spirit wore Converse sneakers too........ the only advertising I could see, which was a nice change to having a game of "spot the sony, apple, starbucks etc.." This movie has a dark humour though, I couldn't help but think they took it too far to liquidate a kitten.
Overall I think it was pretty good. I like comicbook movies alot though so would recomend it to comic-fans and the dark-humour peoples.