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The Spirit

Action & Adventure and Mystery & Suspense movie directed by Frank Miller

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Screenwriters Rejoice

  • May 27, 2009
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Writers have it tough in the film business. According to a few books I've read, they rank just below the Producer in terms of importance in getting the film made. That would be impressive if it weren't for the fact that Producers rank somewhere near the bottom. Directors often say they'll toss a script (and the Writer's ego) while making their movie.

To the writers rescue comes Frank Miller. He brings with him his movie The Spirit, which he created as both writer and director. Frank Miller has succeeded where great screenwriters like William Goldman and Paul Schrader have all failed. He has proven, single-handedly, the importance of screenwriters to cinema. He had a brilliant and elegant recipe on how to do this: Terrific visuals. Terrible script.

Here's the plot: the bad guy wants to be a god. The good guy has to stop him. They fight and taunt each other. Oh, and there are women in this movie who are sexy and lovelorn. If there was ever a time to toss a script, this was it.

Because of Miller I now know that mesmerizing images do not guarantee that a movie will be watchable. Visually, Frank has made art. But the acuity of Miller's eye doesn't help the obtuse vision he had for The Spirit. Somewhere along the way, this movie lost its soul. Or maybe it just lost its story.

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review by . May 05, 2010
Spirit, some people hear it, some people fear it. Spirit, some people just won't go near it!
Yes, that obscure late 80's rap song for the movie Ghostbusters TWO, summed up this movie to the public in the most accurate way possible.  Coming out at the tail end of the year when Marley and Me came out in theaters-people were much more interested in seeing the cute dog movie then the comicbook hero one.  The Spirit looked like Frank Miller's comic book movie Sin City and while The Spirit does have fans, it's not a well known book like X Men or  Batman.  …
Quick Tip by . October 11, 2010
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The graphic novel that inspired this film is still one of my favorites in the genre. The film was a colossal disappointment from beginning to end. Visually quite lovely, but it's beauty isn't even skin deep- shallow, choppy, confusing, poorly written, a waste of time and money.
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
Poor movie, script was mediocure, Sin City is the movie to watch. The Spirit was corny and drawn out.
Quick Tip by . May 03, 2010
Cheeky and hammy adaption of the comic book hero. Fun for sure but it's nothing thats really going to stick with you.
review by . May 07, 2009
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After the huge cinematic success of the adaptations of "Sin City" and "300", comic book writer Frank Miller (also wrote the graphic novel "The Dark Knight Returns") was given a blank check to make ANY movie he wanted. Miller wasn't exactly given enough credit for his involvement in the directorial duties of "Sin City". This caused Robert Rodriguez to resign from the DGA when the Guild refused to give Miller credit as co-director. Miller made the layouts …
review by . May 17, 2009
The Octopus: "I had you beat, just like eggs."   The Spirit: "The hell you did!"     Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):     1. Cop (Gabriel Macht) dies, but returns to fight crime in Central City for another day (and another, and so on)   2. Ridiculously campy bad guy "The Octopus" (Samuel L. Jackson) claims to have eight of everything, except maybe free range chicken eggs.   3. Criminal seductress Sand Saref (Eva Mendes) hates …
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Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. Release Date: 04/14/2009 Run time: 108 minutes Rating: Pg13
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Director: Frank Miller
Genre: Action, Mystery, Adventure
DVD Release Date: April 14, 2009
Runtime: 108 minutes
Studio: Lions Gate
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