It didn't win me over. I don't recall it winning anyone over. In fact, even then I could tell that it was an awful movie made by amateurs. The ad campaigns sold it as "from the special effects supervisor of T2" but that doesn't mean that Mark A.Z. Dippe (hardly a name that rolls off the tongue) has the slightest clue about storytelling or even basic coherence.
I used to love the Spawn comic-books back when I was a teenager. Todd McFarlane's universe is far more interesting and mature than the bloated MCU and DCEU, and lends itself well to expansion and spin-offs. You wouldn't guess that is so by watching this movie though, which squanders everything on nothing.
The story largely remains intact though. Al Simmons, a hardcore mercenary, is betrayed by his evil boss Jason Wynn and sent to hell where the devil (the awesomely named Malebolgia and not your typical Lucifer) turns him into the leader of hell's army. But a tiny part of Spawn's humanity remains and he is caught between the worlds, living on the streets and spying on his old family in sadness.
Take away the mind-numbing CGI and even the action scenes and you'd still have an awesome set-up for character drama and melancholy. Exactly how they managed to screw this up is beyond me. The first fault lies in the script, which reads like it was written by someone who had only looked at the pictures but not read the words of the comic-book. It's miles past awful. Second is Dippe's complete inability to shoot a sense-making scene, place the camera in a remotely artistic position, or keep track of time, place, and space in editing. It's a complete an utter mess.
As for the CGI, some of it holds up quite well but the hell scenes have aged badly and they don't even bother to lip-sync the dialogue of Malebolgia with his mouth. It reeks of laziness. Couple this with the extremely poor storytelling and the whole movie feels like a rude composite of 1995-era video-game cut-scenes trying to pass itself off as a theatrical feature. It's hard to believe that they wasted actual film on this.
There are a few sparks of what could have made it good hidden within, which just about barely saves it from a 1/10 score. This is a character that badly needs rebooted and when it finally does happen I'd like to see Michael Jai White stick with the role as he, somehow, managed to do it right despite the gross incompetence behind the camera. Despite the MCU zealots it was actually Michael Jai White who was the first African-American comic-book superhero to get his own movie, not the overrated Black Panther. For fans of the character I have to recommend the animated show which ran for three seasons between 1998-2000 and absolutely nailed the tone of the comic-book. It's a billion times better than this reckless tripe.