The Spirit: Featurette
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Adapted from Will Eisner’s comic book series, "The Spirit" is a classic action-adventure-romance genre-twister written for the screen and directed by Frank Miller (creator of 300 and Sin City). It is the story of a former rookie cop who returns mysteriously from the dead as the Spirit (Gabriel Macht) to fight crime from the shadows of Central City. His arch-enemy, the Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson) has a different mission: he's going to wipe out Spirit's beloved city as he pursues his own version of immortality. The Spirit tracks this cold-hearted killer from Central City’s rundown warehouses, to the damp catacombs, to the windswept waterfront ... all the while facing a bevy of beautiful women who either want to seduce, love or kill our masked crusader. Surrounding him at every turn are Ellen Dolan (Sarah Paulson), the whip-smart girl-next-door; Silken Floss (Scarlett Johansson), a punk secretary and frigid vixen; Plaster of Paris (Paz Vega), a murderous French nightclub dancer; Lorelei (Jaime King), a phantom siren; and Morgenstern (Stana Katic), a sexy young cop. In the vein of Batman Begins and Sin City, The Spirit takes us on a sinister, gut-wrenching ride with a hero who is born, murdered and born again. "The Spirit," which opens Christmas Day, stars Gabriel Macht, Eva Mendes, Sarah Paulson, Dan Lauria, Paz Vega and Jaime King, with Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson as "The Octopus." Odd Lot Entertainment and Lionsgate are production partners on the film which is written for the screen and directed by Frank Miller and based on the comic book series created by Will Eisner. Odd Lot's Deborah Del Prete and Gigi Pritzker are producing along with Michael E. Uslan of Batfilm Productions Inc. Batfilm co-founder Benjamin Melniker and Steven Maier are executive producing, along with Odd Lot's William Lischak and Lionsgate's Michael Burns and Michael Paseornek. Odd Lot's Linda McDonough and Batfilm/Comic Book Movies' F.J. DeSanto are co-producing.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 111
- Fresh: 16
- Rotten: 95
- Average Rating: 3.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: What is most striking about The Spirit is how little pleasure it affords, in spite of its efforts to by sly, sexy, heartfelt and clever all at once.
Rotten: Denny Colt might have come back from the dead, but The Spirit stays cold on the slab.
Rotten: The style is willing. But the spirit is weak.
Rotten: Good comic books suggest action through abstraction, but The Spirit plays like an overproduced diorama.
Campy modern noir
You definitely have to be in the right mood to see this movie, but if you just grab some popcorn and go for the ride you might find yourself enjoying it. Samuel L. Jackson is a treat (with very few misfires) and delivers up a lot of fun. He's definitely the best reason to see this movie. The second reason? The women. They're dangerous, smart, seductive, and, of course, sexy (Note to the easily-offended: I am a woman.) I know some people are upset that this movie was done in more of a Frank Miller style than a Will Eisner style, but in my opinion, it works. It's just as beautiful as Sin City while still capturing its own essence and really highlights the film noir feel. There is a lot of hate for this movie simply because it wasn't perfect. It's not a serious filck. There seems to be a trend amongst fans of movies (the die-hards, I mean)... it seems like every year a movie is picked to be "the best" and another is picked to be "the worst" and everyone just agrees and vehemently screams about it like those crazy religious people with bullhorns standing on top of crates on street corners. Suddenly, movies like "Meet the Spartans" barely get a whisper, yet "The Spirit" has a huge cloud of profanity and cries of "Miller has lost his mind!" following it everywhere. People need to calm down. "The Spirit" is NOT "The Dark Knight". It's not "Watchmen". It doesn't have a message, it's not out to reinvent anything, nor is it out to make movie history. It's "Army of Darkness" with beautiful women and artsy backdrops. It's just there to entertain. Put the stick away for a few hours and let go a little.
Will Eisner was a genuis. The Original Spirit comic book series was stunning. So it would make a kind of sense that a highly respected comic book veteran would create a delightful, brilliant romp that's true to the original source material. Unfortunetely this film is a huge mess, a disappointment. Frank Miller's best years as a writer were behind him at least six years before 300 was produced as a film and now his ham handed indulgence and insane devotion to Randian thought has ruined one of the greatest pieces of American culture. Thanks a lot, Frank.
i really liked this movie! i dont see why everyone is so down on it!!!
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 2008
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