A Frank Miller Fan's Review of "The Spirit"

A Frank Miller Fan's Review of "The Spirit"

If you love Frank Miller comics, you will probably enjoy this movie ... for the most part.

Well, I read the bad reviews on this website before I went and saw the movie. I could tell from some of the clips I watched that it looked somewhat comical and over the top. So I went in ... cautious. Which is probably why I wasn't really too disappointed. I am a big Frank Miller (comic book) fan, his style is unique, his dialog is unique (sometimes annoying, or a bit too much, he has a thing about repeating certain lines), but overall, I love his style and his sense of humor, etc.

This movie was essentially a Frank Miller comic book ... that moved. Similar characters and dialog to all of his previous works. The dumb henchmen, the cool hero, the hot babes, the old detective movie kind of dialog. Crazy ass characters. It was a Frank Miller comic book through and through, just on the screen ... which I would say is why parts of it were a bit hard to sit through. When I'm reading his comics, I can go right through them at my own pacing, imagining their dialog how I want ... sometimes it was just painful on the screen for some reason. Although I never felt that way at all during Sin City or 300, I loved those movies. So, I'm not sure exactly what it was, but maybe a more experienced director's hand is needed? Or someone who knows what to cut out of a script, and what needs to be added for the audience to invest in the characters?

Positives: I did like it overall, the girls were all incredibly hot, I liked the actor who played the spirit. There was a lot of good humor in there. And Miller really did a decent job for the most part.

Negatives: I was definitely fuzzy on the Octopus' motives and his sidekick. Even when they explained them, they were ... well, 2 dimensional, which is fine, again this really was a comic book kind of movie, not a real world kind of movie like the Dark Knight or Iron Man. I was also confused on why the Octopus was a Samurai (and the graphics in that scene were annoying, I get what he was going for, which is just making it look exactly like his comic would, with the unique backgrounds, but it didn't always work well in the movie), and then a Nazi ... were these references to the Spirit comic book that I just wasn't aware of? Was he just supposed to be this really eccentric guy that enjoyed dressing up as different characters or what?

Anyway, overall I would say ... I enjoyed Sin City and 300 a lot more than this movie. I think maybe Miller should team up with other directors, that might be a better way for him to make his movies? I would say its worth watching because its Frank Miller, fun action, hot babes, Sam Jackson is funny ... but i don't see my self watching it again and again like Sin City or 300.
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