The Spirit ( Blu-ray+ Digital HD)
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Now I have not read any of Will Eisner's comics so I simply cannot comment on how this fares as an adaptation. I suspect not so well. A lot of people who saw this went in seeing the amazing visual style of "Sin City" coupled with Miller's name and expected more of the same. Visually, "The Spirit" may be even better, but the tone.....well I can honestly say I haven't seen anything else quite like it. Between this and some of his recent comic work (oh yeah, "All-Star Batman and Robin", I'm looking at you!) I believe that Miller has gone little bit bonkers after so many years of writing mean and nasty comic books. This movie is practically a comedy. At times absurdly so. I'm talking Adam West as Batman comedic.Read more ›
It's the cinematic equivalent of Frank Miller's recent comic work: incredible visuals with ridiculous, over-the-top dialogue.
Likewise, if you try to take this film seriously then you may not gain much gratification.
However if you view The Spirit with an open mind as you would while watching the Adam West Batman show or reading Frank Miller and Jim Lee's All-Star Batman and Robin, then you're sure to have a much more enjoyable time with this irreverent pop culture parody.
At several points in this film you just have to laugh out loud at the absurdity.
Just don't go in expecting Sin City or The Dark Knight.
The Spirit is on the other end of the artistic spectrum, demented post-modern camp/kitsch exploitation.
Even though Miller updated The Spirit with his own visual trademarks and sense of humor, in many ways it's very faithful to Will Eisner's comic.
I must emphasize the term "comic" since that is exactly what Will Eisner's creation was, a comic book with a humorous, comedic core.
In any sense of the word, The Spirit is a "comic" film through and through.
You get the feeling as if Frank Miller wrote/illustrated a modern Spirit graphic novel and then adapted his work to film panel by panel.
Comic fans will also appreciate many of the subtle (and not so subtle) nods to comic book culture such as "the Elektra complex", which of course references Miller's own legendary run on Daredevil. (which was inspired by Will Eisner's original Sand Saref storyline from The Spirit)
In conclusion, The Spirit is a fun comic book film ideal for Frank Miller fans and comic book fans in general with an offbeat sense of humor.
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Yet another recently discovered Sin City movie. I love the way they are filmed. Story line in this one was pretty good, but prefer the Sin City movies. Visually awesome however.Published 1 day ago by Jimmy Wilson
OK, I have read Eisner's Spirit and it's good. This is not good. For some reason, The Spirit is unkillable. Colt was raised in "a bad part of town"... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Richard Owens
A resurrected cop does battle with a villain whose quest for immortality threatens an entire metropolis in Sin City creator Frank Miller's adaptation of Will Eisner's acclaimed... Read morePublished 1 month ago by A Roger Zelazny Fan
It couldn't have been worse if it had been written by a high school student, in his first writing class.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Without ever having seen the comic book or having heard of it before I watched The Spirit recently and found it to be one of the most excruciating movies I've ever tried to watch. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Adamo
Weak plot, not up to the Sin City reputation, saying the two titles in the same breath is a crime.Published 2 months ago by Capt
The TV gave this film one star and I am being generous for it really only deserves one star. It is pure camp of the lowest kind, and is not funny or very exciting. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Israel Drazin
Usually, when I have low expectations for a movie, it turns out to be better than anticipated. Not this one. Frank Miller, you missed it by a mile. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Uncle Mickey
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