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One of the taglines for The Spirit upon its release was, "he's
something the world needs". I'm not sure how true that statement is
after recently watching this noir/superhero/Sin City clone of a movie.
The Spirit starts quickly. Highlighting our heroes desire to protect his city, Central City, and some of his extraordinary abilities early on. For instance, The Spirit can run a whole cities distance quicker than he apparently could if he had a car or a more common means of transportation. He's not like everyone else you see.
Well, he is like someone else. The Octopus, played by Samuel L. Jackson, also has abilities and he has eight of everything apparently. The Octopus, is the villain of the piece and is the counter point to The Spirit. He wants to destroy Central City, The Spirit and possibly the entire world.
There's a certain level of madness going on in this movie and it's wise to try to accept that before you sit down and watch it. Some things came across as very incoherent to me, and even in hindsight they don't make any sense. Samuel L. Jackson dressed as a Nazi while attempting to put an end to The Spirit, after he had just received some kind of belly dance, is one particular example that stood out.
Sticking with the madness is the action, being completely OTT and more Saturday morning cartoon than cult comic book. The kitchen sink is literally thrown around at one point and barely makes a mark on its intended victim. Again though, if you can accept this as the norm for The Spirit you'll be fine.
The Spirit himself is, like in all noir, a good guy in a situation bigger than he imagined and falling for every girl along the way. He has a particularly gruff voice, a little bit like Christian Bale in Batman Begins but without sounding like he's swallowed too much cough syrup. The man behind the mask, Gabriel Macht, does well in the role. Managing to make him likable if not necessarily relatable, he is pretty much a God after all.
Samuel L. Jackson appears to be enjoying playing the villain, trying to evoke Jack Nicholson's The Joker but not quite getting there. Eva Mendes and Scarlett Johansson also seem to be having a good time, both playing strong characters both after separate goals.
It may look like Sin City, it does come from the same creator after all in Frank Miller. The Spirit however, is not as awful as a lot of people would have you believe, it's also nowhere near as good as it could be. The best way to view it is with an open mind and just try to enjoy it for what it is, a silly, OTT, switch your brain off comic book film noir.
Instead of most people, I'd liked the movie. Mostly because I only
heard bad comments about this movie. And mostly because I didn't expect
it to be like Sin City. With that in the back of your head you can see
a pretty good movie.
Don't expect to much about the acting, or the story. What you can expect is a nice setting, nice shots, and a grimy feeling. It's, just like Sin City, filmed in black and white with some details in color. Which was very good done. So for filming I give it a 9,5. Acting is more a four, so that comes to a 7 overall.
Just don't expect to much and you will enjoy the movie!
Not the fact that the rating is pretty low, by comic adaptation
standards, but the movie itself. It's weird, awkward and really
strange. It is hard to follow or to get any real character depth. The
characters seem very "comic-worldly".
The plot is pretty out there, especially if you don't know the source material, as I didn't either. But the movie is a pretty fun ride, if you allow yourself to dive in. The dialogue is pretty fast paced and has more punches, than any Rocky movie could offer. Seriously though, it is pretty obvious that many people get alienated by the those things. Plus they don't feel affection for the main character. Another thing I heard, is that the character Samuel L. Jackson is portraying, never showed his face in the graphic novels.
Many things that can get fans of the original source and newcomers very frustrated. But I liked the fact, that this isn't just your average comic book adaptation. The looks are pretty much Sin City (naturally since directed by Frank Miller, the creator of Sin City), but apart from that, it really is something different. The first minutes will pretty much be crucial. If you let yourself loose and hop on the train, you will enjoy the ride, if not ... well you can guess the rest
The Spirit: 5 out of 10: Somehow Frank Miller remaking the original
Adam West Batman TV series has a wonderful poetry to it.... It doesn’t
actually work mind you... but I can hear the beautiful music.
The Spirit got the kind of reviews usually reserved for recent comedies starring Michael Myers. (Love Guru anyone) or recent horror films starring... um ... Michael Myers (Halloween 18 where Jamie Lee Curtis finally dispatches Michael Myers for good this time using active bacteria she found in her yogurt.) So to answer the first question on everyone’s mind is it that bad? No.
Frank Miller might not know a human emotion if one bit him in the googlies but he does know how to point a camera and keep it steady and in focus. This easily puts him ahead of many a Hollywood directorial Young Turk. He also has that nice black and white with color Sin City thing going that never seems to get old. He also utilizes the same weird camera angles that the old Batman TV show used to offer us and has the same minimalist interior sets. It is quite the complete homage.
The cast with one notable exception is also first rate. Eva Mendes gets naked in a PG-13 kind of way and puts her outfits to the test otherwise. The rest of the female cast certainly isn’t hard on the eyes either with Louis Lombardi as the young Mendes a particular standout. The Male villains provide much entertainment as well with Samuel L Jackson channeling the pop art TV Batman villain style right down to the henchman with their names on their shirts. (All played with excellence and good humor by Louis Lombardi) So what went wrong???? Well a couple of things. As a stated above the cast is first rate with one notable exception. Unfortunately for the movie the exception is Gabriel Macht who plays the titular character. Gabriel Macht has less screen presence; charisma and God help us all apparent acting chops than Adam West.
There I have said it out loud... we should all give the Mr. Macht a moment alone while he does the only possible thing a man can do under such circumstances. (Sound of lone gunshot heard in distance).
Well now that unpleasantness is taken care off lets quickly cap off the other problems. The movie was too talky. It should have been R rated considering its cast, director and subject matter. (Neither Frank Miller nor Samuel L Jackson strike me as kiddy movie types.) The Spirit has always sucked as a superhero. Oh and Mr. Miller it is helpful if movies have a plot. You know a story explaining why the characters on screen are there and why they are doing what they are doing.
Other than that it is pretty watchable for what it is.... glad I didn’t spend ten buck on it though.
This movie is amazing. everything about it from the visuals to the acting to the storyline it is all just amazing. Do not listen to anyone who says this is bad it is amazing. This is definitely one of the best movies of all time. Go out and by this movie today. It's only like 10 bucks now. AND IT IS WORTH IT. GO FRANK MILLER!!!!!! By the end of the film you love the characters and if anyone tells you otherwise just ignore them and say you are wrong. wrong. wrong. wrong. wrong. wrong. No matter how busy you are just go see this movie NOW! it is very very very cool and fun. It is so good that even people that hate these kind of movie love it. Go see it today!
Becoming one of the most maligned comic-book films in recent memory,
"The Spirit" is really just a victim of poor marketing and lofty
expectations. If you're going into this expecting another "Sin City"
(Frank Miller & Robert Rodriguez's brilliant 2005 collaboration) it's
best to alter your expectations or just turn away completely. Frank
Miller's second feature length film resembles the aforementioned film
in its stunning visuals and strong cast, but not much else. Imagine the
spirit of the 60's "Batman" TV series matched with the visual flair of
"Sin City" and perhaps you have an idea of what to expect with this
little gem, which is destined to become a cult classic.
Gabriel Macht plays Denny Colt, a cop who was gunned down only to find himself miraculously resurrected as the nearly invincible and slightly supernatural superhero, The Spirit. Wearing only a black suit, a red tie and a tiny Zorro-mask, our sharp-dressed hero battles his arch-nemesis, The Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson), while simultaneously playing the field with any woman he comes into contact with. Afterall, our hero is a player of sorts, which comes to a head when a friend from the past the mesmerizing Sand Saref (Eva Mendes) -- shows up and starts causing trouble. Through these events, The Spirit learns of his origins and of a crazy plan by The Octopus to dominate the world.
At times, the film is campy, but appropriately so. Afterall, this isn't a film based on a graphic novel we're talking about here; "The Spirit" draws its inspiration from a newspaper comic, of all things. Thankfully, the campiness is served by some outrageous and outlandish performances. Samuel L. Jackson is reliable as always, as the main villain at hand, while Scarlett Johansson handles being out her element rather well, even if her character isn't given much to do. Eva Mendes looks gorgeous and plays the wounded and materialistic diva perfectly. Gabriel Macht, whose credentials prior to this film are underwhelming (to say the least), is a pleasant surprise and carries the film well with a fair amount of charisma. If there's one major flaw, though, it is that the plot at hand is rather routine, and in the end, delivers nothing but an origin story for our hero, and not much else. That's all fine and well if this is intended to be a franchise with more sequels on the way, but as a stand-alone film, it's weakened by the lack of an engaging narrative. Aside from this, though, the film is simply a good time, served up with a delicious visual style by Miller and with enough humor and action to sustain itself. Don't expect ground-breaking brilliance from "The Spirit," just enjoy it for the stylized super-hero fluff that it is.
The Spirit is a superhero film that doesn't take itself too seriously.
Frank Miller does a great job of establishing the hero and nemesis.
Gabriel Macht is excellent as the Spirit. Samuel Jackson is a good
nemesis although he comes off sounding like Jules (Pulp Fiction) a lot
of thetime. The plot is clear and straightforward, but not overly
simplified. There's plenty of eye-candy in the film with beauties such
as Eva Morales, who does good job, Scarlett Johansson & Sarah Paulson.
The dialogue is a bit corny at times, but this is the way it is in the comic books. There are some comic fans who will never be pleased, but you have to enjoy the movie for what it is - great action, visually stunning and dramatic performances from the lead roles. The only thing I found disturbing about the movie was the way it seemed to jump from different time periods. The setting and characters & the original comic was set in the 1940's yet the characters are using cell phones, laptop computers & 21st century helicopter gunships. But then again, you don't watch a superhero movie expecting it to be terribly believable. The film is dramatic but not too dark & leaves you with a good feeling and the possibility of a sequel. I look forward to seeing more of Macht in this role.
OK, some parts are not the best film-making of all time but, in my
opinion, the film is not as horrible as other reviewers make it out to
Yes, some of the dialog is a bit corny and over-the-top but isn't that the charm of films based on graphic novels? I guess this is the type of movie you either like or you don't like. Thus, the 5-star (50%) rating.
For me, this movie is great fun and as the story developed I began to like it more and more. Is there overacting? That could be argued. I think it was intentional and gives a nice lampoon feel to it.
Don't expect too much and you won't be disappointed. This has the potential to become a cult classic. That is something that cannot be forced or predicted.
The Spirit has been getting some very bad reviews, so i thought i would do my bit to save it's reputation. Miller's visual style makes him perhaps the most distinctive director in Hollywood right now. His style continues and even expands in this venture. it's been said that The Spirit makes 'a mockery' of Miller's appeal, but be careful not to dismiss it so quickly. Yes, some scenes in this movie do more than border on the absurd, but to me, that is the point. this is not another Sin City, as much as it may seem so in the preview. the hero indeed struggles with serious questions, but The Spirit avoids falling into an altogether TOO serious mood. In the opening scenes we find the hero bounding along an electrical line in a fashion comically recalling the old, classic comics. this, while a bit unsettling at the start, does not detract from the story at all. far from it, these scenes of clichés and absurd lines and actions hearken back to the glory days of comic books, when realism was not as important as the loud KABLAM! This Movie is no Dark Knight, and i, for one, am thankful. Miller does a fantastic job of reminding us what it used to mean to be a hero. i highly recommend this movie, but be careful not to take it too seriously.
Let me say that the Art/Cinematography and style of The Spirit is
pretty good. Apart from what I just mentioned there is almost nothing
worthwhile about this film. The acting is sub-par on all accounts. The
dialogue is laughable, and just plain absurd 95% of the time. I was
actually invited to an early screening of this film before its release
which I never ending up going to, thank god. The only semi-interesting
appearance was Paz Vegas character, but her part was small and brief.
In my opinion its almost never a good idea to put Samuel L Jackson in a movie. Most of Jacksons performances seem like hes himself, playing his character. He has had some good performances, but The Spirit is definitely not one of them. Although I don't think the actors can be held completely accountable for the poor outcome of this film. The dialogue for The Spirit was so poorly written that it would be hard for anyone to make it sound good. Bottom line I would not recommend seeing this film, but if you must see it try to keep your expectations as low as possible.
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