A comic book movie ridiculous? don't be ridiculous.... (by tully-ian)
This movie faces a storm of bad reviews from people who expected a second sin city. in stylization and direction, it was, but with one key difference. it was just as absurdly over the top and ridiculously unbelievable as every other comic book to movie i have seen, except this movie had the guts to knowledge exactly how plain stupid it was.This movie is a farce. straight and true. Frank Miller is basically poking fun at his work on Sin City, and the viewer must understand that everything about this movie is over the top. if your looking for a second Shawshank Redemption, something based off a <more>
comic is not the best place to look. however if you watch this movie merely to be entertained and laugh you ass off, this is a good movie to choose.In the end, you have to watch this movie wanting and willing to be entertained, and not like Siskel and Ebert. get some friends, rent this movie, make some popcorn, have a good time. but for gods sake don't take this movie any more seriously than it does itself.
Finally a true comic book translation to the screen... (by kmillervir)
I was afraid to almost see the movie because of all the hype and advertising they did. Too many movies have been ruined for me because of hype, they just end being a let down.However the Spirit did not disappoint. It actually exceeded my expectations. Frank Miller being a comic man in the soul, does a great job of putting that compassion to his art onto the screen. Visually amazing, and it kills me when people say "there was no pacing" or " the timing was awful." Have you ever read a comic book? The dialogue isn't read that way because of Miller's <more>
"inexperience" it's because he wanted it that way. That is how a comic book reads, short and choppy and points with boisterous outbursts and profound lines. Don't criticize something just because you don't understand it.Along those same lines, many people have been complaining about the "juxtaposition of the theme." That it's trying to be funny and dark at the same time. I am just going to say it's safe to assume that none of these people have actually read the original comic book, because that is basically the whole point of the Spirit. He is an almost melancholy character in a chaotic city that has turned to all but jokes and fun. Suggesting a separation between him and the living world.Comic book fans will love this movie, by far the best comic book adaptation of this recent comic movie trend. Miller stays true to what he feels passionate about and true to his late friends comic. Well done. Bravo.
Just saw The Spirit and the movie was fantastic but it's driving me nuts to read all these horrible reviews that all seem to say the same thing, so let me clear one thing up. This was not anything like Sin City. Sin City 2 is still in production, so why everyone believed this was somehow supposed to be part of the Sin City saga or a similar to Sin City is beyond me. Though it uses a similar graphic style, a signature style of director Frank Miller, it really was never intended to be anything like Sin City. People need to remember when seeing this movie that it is comic book comedy/action <more>
noir, and though it does share some aspects with Sin City, this movie is not nearly as dark or corrupt and much more comedic. If you're expecting Sin City DON'T GO. This movie is amazing, but if you believe this will be just like Sin City, this movie isn't for you. If you're looking for a more comedic bent on Frank Miller's noir style and the comic book crime fighting world, then this movie's great.
A Dark, Madcap, Love Letter to the Master of Sequential Illustration by a Crafty Student (by madbandit20002000)
Movies based on comic book characters have invaded theaters like a fleet of ships nowadays. The main protagonists of the four-color opuses either have super powers and/or cool gadgets. The title hero of the quirky, over-the-top but romantic "The Spirit", has none, but that's doesn't make him uninteresting, especially in the surprisingly competent, script/directorial hands of Frank Miller, the Sam Peckinpah of the comic book industry.Based on the 1940s comic strip created by the late Will Eisner, the master of sequential illustration and an influence/friend of Mr. <more>
Miller's, Central City cop Denny Colt adept, GQ model-like Gabriel Macht is killed in action. He doesn't stay dead for long when he leaves his grave and offers his death-cheating advantage, by being a "super cop", to top magistrate Dolan "The Wonder Years" alum Dan Lauria . The reason of this resurrection isn't so good; Colt's the guinea pig of egomaniacal mobster The Octopus Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson, who's a ball of fun here , who's also immortal, but wants bona fide, magical immortality by getting a vase containing the blood of demi-god Hercules. A screw up occurs, involving international jewel thief/black widow assassin Sand Saref sexy Eva Mendes of "Training Day" , an old childhood girlfriend of Colt's. Guns are drawn; knives are thrown and sexual pheromones creep in the cold air of the metropolis.If you find this film a Batman rip-off, you're so laughable to feel that way Eisner went to Dewitt Clinton High School, Bronx, NY with Batman framer Bob Kane and if you think Mr. Miller should stick to comic books, you're certifiable He could balance both film and comic books, if need be .After co-directing the cine-translation of own crime saga, "Sin City" with Robert Rodriguez the Spy Kids and El Mariachi sagas; "Planet Terror" and producing the adaptation of his take of the Thermopylae battle, "300" by Zack Snyder "Watchmen" , Miller proves to be up to the task of helming a film featuring a mentor's signature character, whose own obscurity is enough to reason why Mr. Miller handled the film. I ask hard-core fanboys who demean Miller's treatment: who else could have direct it? Spielberg? Santa Claus? The Easter Bunny? The Tooth Fairy? Martians? Sure, there's the over-the top moments where Jackson's dressed as a samurai and a Nazi, and when Jackson clobbers Macht with a toilet ! , but if you've read Miller's work, you know what to expect: darkness mixed with madcap humor. If you don't, this is a fantasy world. Accept it or don't.Miller uses what he's learned from Rodriquez here and uses it well. The mix-match of cornball movie dialogue Miller's a film noir fan, as long as a lover of the Warner Bros's animated Looney Tunes shorts , vintage fashion and modern technology playfully echoes "Batman: The Aninated Series", and the use of digital background and minimal sets gives the film an avant-garde, stage play atmosphere.Game are the actors. A second fiddle in films like "Behind Enemy Lines" and "Because I Said So", Mr. Macht resurrects the late Cary Grant and Chris Reeve the latter watched the former in "Bringing Up Baby" in order to play Clark Kent in the "Superman" films, and Mr. Eisner used the former as a model to create his hero with his valiant yet skirt-chasing persona while Jackson, a Miller fan, redeems his absence from "Sin City" by matching dire villainy with Macht's classic heroism.Like Denny, it's hard to choose a favorite among the ladies: vixen Saref Ms. Mendes should play assassin Mariah, if "Sin City: Hell and Back" is cine-adapted ; the Octopus's brainy, sexy gun moll Silken Floss Woody Allen stable actress Scarlett Johansson ; Dolan's daughter/Florence Nightingale doc Ellen Sarah Paulson of "Studio 60" and "The Notorious Bettie Page" , chipper rookie cop Morgenstern Stana Katic of the crime drama TV series "Castle" ; dancing torturer Plaster of Paris Paz Vega of "Spanglish" or death goddess Lorelei "City" alum Jamie King . It's a harem, people! Mr. Lauria's bulldog, Ernest Borgnine-like demeanor is tough, familiar and likable while Louis Lombardi "24" is a hoot as multiple "Smiley Goon" clones the Octopus mass produces. They probably share borderline Down's Syndrome, along with looks.Mr. Miller makes a cameo as a cop who gets decapitated, his fourth "cine-death". First blown up in a drug lab in "Robocop 2" which Miller co-penned and later demeaned , then cerebrally knifed by Bullseye in the film version of "Daredevil" which he reinvigorated , next shot by Marv in "City" and now this I should say, "Oh my God! They killed Frank Miller! You bastards!" Look out for comic book historical references.What's also interesting is the exclusion of the Spirit's sidekick, young cabbie Ebony White. According to Miller, he didn't want to put a child in an adult world. I figured he didn't know how to modernize a racially stereotypical character, which Mr. Eisner later apologized for creating, and that's probably for the best.In a recent Q and A, Miller joked if Eisner, who died in 2005, knew he was the Spirit's custodian, he would have beaten him up. If I were Eisner, I'd give Miller a big hug for making a shamelessly fun film, better than the cheesy "Sheena", based on another character co- created by him with Jerry Iger . Eisner was wise to not have his name attached to it, but if he were alive, he wouldn't mind being name-attached to "The Spirit". It's in reliable hands.
Compared to Sin City, this movie is less graphic and seems aptly rated PG-13. I think the movie was good. It started out well and it kept me gripped till the end.At times the dialog was funny as well. The acting was nothing short of excellent. I went into the theater expecting the thrills of Sin City which I adored. However, this movie lags in a few respects. The script could have been better. The plot nor the jokes seemed coherent enough. It seemed to skim the surface. At times the story looked moving in different directions. The movie was pretty short too. Nevertheless, the movie was <more>
engaging until the end. It was a fresh story and funny.
So, I went to see this, not really knowing what to expect.I came out not knowing what I just watched.The Spirit is basically there for laughs. Played up to the point of epic ridiculousness. Every single line of Sam Jackson's is solid gold. It's so different from any other movie out there, I have no idea what to make out of it.I highly recommend you go see it though, as it is a huge break from the norm, and a completely different take on comic books and heroes.Though, I don't recommend going to see it while high, as you will probably go insane.
Wrongly marketed, loved/hated, I loved it (by Tagifras)
Spirit was marketed to be the next Sin City or 300 which makes you think of hardcore action not quirky humor or PG-13 What most people hate about this movie I found awesomeYes, one liners were cheesy. Yes, Samuel Jackson is in every movie ever. Yes, the acting was over the top. Yes, the film looks like Sin City. Yes, I loved this movie. Its so bad, its good. The one liners, the acting, and the style all made it feel like the comic strip.The plot was a little thin but they had the back story catchup so you still get the whole movie experience.The only major downfall I see to this movie is the <more>
PG-13 but thats why the DVD will be amazing.You will know if you love/hate this film within the first 10 minutes so go see it and if you hate it, walk out fast so you get your money back.
I have to say this film won't win many moviegoers' hearts out there. Some people might think this film is cheesy, over the top, or just simply ridiculous. The thing is, this film jumps right out from comic book's pages. The scenes and the dialogues are just like watching moving comic book's drawings.Frank Miller was born to direct this film. I like the way he put the over-the-topness to make a thick comical feeling. It's like watching the modern, noir, and sarcastic version of Adam West's Batman or The Green Hornet. Through all these years comic books have developed <more>
some changes to be more realistic, but this film delivers the feeling of old 1940s through 1960s comic books.This film might won't hit a massive box office, but sure will win its own loyal fans out there.
No spoilers here: Artful like Sin City, more humorous, not too long (by yak-yak)
Simply, this has the artistic appearance of Sin City, the same sense of time period only not rigidly so, and amusing dialog which in some cases is intentionally comedic and at times a little hokey like a comic book. It has an overall satisfying and polished feel. I'm not a comic-book fan but I enjoy a good comic book movie. I would definitely see it again. It's also not too long. All major players deliver. I won't say anything about how it ends...just that you don't go to the movie for the ending. Enjoy it all the way through, because the worth of the movie is not in the plot <more>
but in the characters and writing. If you need a morals-based assessment, try movieguide dot org Most of all have a good time!