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Above shadowy, crime-infested streets a masked avenger watches. Denny Colt (Gabriel Macht) was one of Central City’s finest cops until a gangster’s bullet ended his life. Now Fate has brought him back from the beyond as The Spirit, a street-hardened hero who faces off against seductive foes like the voluptuous Sand Saref (Eva Mendes) and the alluring Silken Floss (Scarlett Johansson). Then, of course, there’s his evil archenemy, The Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson), with a mission to wipe out Spirit’s beloved city as he pursues his own version of immortality in this graphic action-thriller.


Moments of startling beauty punctuate the comic-book action flick The Spirit, written and directed by Frank Miller, the legendary writer/artist behind the reinventions of superheroes like Daredevil and Batman and the creator of the comic books of Sin City and 300. The Spirit (Gabriel Macht, Because I Said So)--once a beat cop named Denny Colt, now a resilient masked crime-fighter who returned from the dead--tangles with his nemesis, the Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson), and a slew of slinky dames along the way (played by Scarlett Johansson, Paz Vega, Jaime King, and more). But the real struggle is the Spirit being pulled between the girl he loved once (Eva Mendes) and the girl he loves now (Sarah Paulson, Down With Love). Miller applies his trademarked hyperbolic tough-guy approach--a perverse mixture of ultraviolence and melodramatic sentimentality--to the whimsical 1940s detective hero created by Will Eisner. Unfortunately, the combination is unlikely to satisfy fans of either artist; The Spirit is a mishmash of cliches and half-baked plots, plucking threads from several of Eisner's puckish tales but never reweaving them into a satisfying new story. The actresses provide plenty of eye-candy but little substance, while Macht is just bland. But Miller has an undeniable eye; the movie, with its exaggerated artificial visual style, is littered with images that dazzle and ravish. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Jaime King, Dan Gerrity
  • Directors: Frank Miller
  • Writers: Frank Miller, Will Eisner
  • Producers: Alton Walpole, Benjamin Melniker, Bill Lischak, Deborah Del Prete, F.J. DeSanto
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: April 14, 2009
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (277 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,240 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By trashcanman VINE VOICE on April 18, 2009
Format: DVD
Chalk me up as a Frank Miller fanboy. Along with fellow visionary Alan Moore, he changed the world of comic books forever with his bleak, noir-heavy storytelling and striking art style into something that wasn't just for kids anymore. God bless him for that. Along with Robert Rodriguez, he brought his pulp masterpiece Sin City to the big screen and kicked the a$z of every person who saw it. But could he duplicate the same artistic success with somebody else's creation and without the help of a directing dynamo like Rodriguez? Not so much. But in spite of all the bile that has been spewed upon Miller's solo directorial debut "The Spirit", I had myself a good ol' time. And with the right attitude, you might as well. Just be prepared for a whole lotta cheese.

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.
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First off, let me make it clear this movie may not appeal to everyone.
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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If you love Sin City, then you might enjoy this dvd. But you need to know that this is more on the comedy side, at least it attempts to be. This is not a superhero like Batman or Ghost Rider even but Spirit has similarities with both. There are plenty of stars in this film such as Scarlett Johansson, Eva Mendes, and Samuel L. Jackson to name a few but their acting skills are severely suppressed in this cartoon like vehicle. This movie is extremely similar to the Adam West, Batman TV series with plenty of star name actors in strange roles. I just finished watching it for the second time and I could not in all honesty as a comic book, superhero fan recommend this outing to anyone. This is definitely not for children and adults will not get much out of it either.
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Format: Blu-ray
Based on the bombardment of negative reviews that have plagued Frank Miller's adaptation of his idol Will Eisner's The Spirit, I was expecting possibly the worst comic book adaptation ever made. Well, The Spirit surely isn't that (at least in my eyes), but it's far from being anything quite good either. For me, The Spirit falls somewhere in the middle, between being intentionally campy and unintentionally funny. Gabriel Macht stars as former cop Denny Colt, who was killed and mysteriously found himself back among the living. Fighting crime as the masked vigilante known as the Spirit, he soon finds himself uncovering a plot by his arch nemesis the Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson) while re-discovering his lost love Sand Saref (Eva Mendes). In between all that are a variety of women played by Sarah Paulson, Jaime King, Paz Vega, and Scarlett Johansson; all of whom provide ample amounts of eye candy. It's obvious that legendary comic scribe Miller learned a thing or two working with Robert Rodriguez in bringing Sin City to the screen, as The Spirit is wonderfully stylized and rendered, but is plagued by an inconsistent script that doesn't know if it wants to be gritty or campy. Macht is stale in the title role, while Jackson is clearly having a blast and chews up his scenery. All in all, it definitely isn't something for everyone, but for what it's worth, Frank Miller's take on The Spirit is worth a look for comic fans, albeit it offers little for everyone else.
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