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The Spirit

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

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Spirit, some people hear it, some people fear it. Spirit, some people just won't go near it!

  • May 5, 2010
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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.  In other words, no one saw it and when the critics finally saw the film and savaged it, The Spirit fell away.

The Spirit has Danny Colt, a young rookie cop in Central City who on the job dies but is brought back to life and gains powers of immunity as he becomes a maverick cop who works with the police to keep the city he loves safe.  Any failings?  Yes, he is obsessed with the criminal called The Octopus a scenery chewing (blue screen chewing?) criminal who is occupied with finding the blood of a Greek God, who once drank will grant immortality.  The Spirit strangely attracts the attention of almost every woman he meets and even in a great scene has a Dentyne Gleam on The Spirit's teeth when he delivers a corny line to a TV crew.  Thats the joy of this movie, it doesn't take itself seriously at all, is over the top and the cast, especially Samuel L Jackson as The Octopus is having a great time.  Ditto for The Octopuss's army of dim witted clones.  "We was watch'in!"

Thats the problem, with the black n' white grit and silouette look taken from the dark and slimy world of the Sin City movie, it really feels out of place since Sin City was out for a few years now and had a unique look that this movie is stealing from.  Yes, Frank Miller who directed this movie was involved with Sin City being the original comic's author but STILL, it doesn't feel right.  Watching this movie I half expected the gun toting hooker armies, cannibilstic Harry Potter kid and the yellow rapist and NOT something as light as this.

Another problem but this time more then just an annoyance.  Every time it looks like the Spirit is near death, this angel of death woman comes to meet him in a dream.  It's explained well enough in the movie that it isn't a total non sequitor and she appears a few times but it's honestly kinda stupid.  I have no idea if she is from the comic books or not.

Finally, for a movie that is supposed to be heady and grim at times with the way The Spirit talks and the way the city looks, theres too much levity int he cast to make anything really more then out of place.  The city is dark at times with a feeling that it's seen better days, but the characters are jovial and get along and the plot is about the blood of a God that can make you immortal.  I DO know that the comic is supposed to be lighthearted and if the cast being laid back and enjoying themselves is an indication then it's not so bad.

Final analysis is that the movie IS entertaining but it has a dijointed feel and even a day after seeing it, I only could remember so much of what I saw.  It's fleeting but what I did remember about it, is that some of it stuck with me in an almost annoying way, kinda like gum on the bottom of your shoe, you don't know how it got there and you wish you could get rid of it.  The Octopus feels the same way, maybe if he becomes immortal it's so he can remember what he was watching.
Spirit, some people hear it, some people fear it. Spirit, some people just won't go near it!

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May 06, 2010
The most shocking part of your review is the assertion that The Spirit actually has fans. "I beat you like eggs!"
May 06, 2010
I know the comic book does. The movie-not so much. I didn't mind it so much though, but thats just me.
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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
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
review by . May 27, 2009
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. …
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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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