The Spirit

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This Frank Miller directed film isn’t fit for consumption.  Don’t waste your time with this one, folks.  Hey, I’m a fan of the famous graphic novelist, but this film is barely entertaining.  It lacks the grit of earlier work we have seen from Frank Miller.  I refer to “Sin City” foremost, but also “300”.  In those earlier films, Miller expresses violence with a touch of campiness.  However, in “Spirit”, the camp overruns everything.

Don’t get me wrong: the film is shot in that wonderful style that has been created out of Miller’s graphic novels.  And I personally find it to be a fantastic look to a film.  That being said, in “Sin City” there were lovely cut-away shots that dissolved into simple silhouettes that were stunning to behold.  Maybe it was because that was the first time I had seen anything like that?  Possibly.  In this film, there are none of those kinds of shots though.  In fact, I think that they may have attempted to do such twice in the movie – and failed utterly both times.

I don’t understand why some people believe that a style can make a movie.  Face it folks: with no story comes a film with absolutely zero appeal.  No one will remember this film in 5 years.  It will be in the $5 bin at Wal-Mart in about 6 months after its release to DVD.  That’s the gist of this film for me.  It had no story.  The whole “I don’t know what I am” storyline for the hero started off as promising, but quickly was reduced to a quick explanation.  Yay.  Woo hoo.  It was delivered flat and received just the same.  My advice to the writer of this tale: stay in comics, dude.

Samuel L. Jackson eats up the screen though, which I did find rather delightful.  He’s actually pretty funny.  I loved his Nazi doctor scene!  The fight in the swamp is entertaining, but the outfit?  A sombrero?  That was an utter failure.  The clones running around with the Latin names were a highlight as well. Even Scarlett Johansen attacked her role with luscious abandon.  It was great to see her play a part – ANY part – with real teeth!  Also, some of the action in the film is pretty over the top, but that actually makes it pretty funny too.  Maybe this action film was supposed to be a comedy?

All in all, I don’t recommend this movie.  You can bypass it all together and you’ll never be missing out.

…and that’s it for this edition of THE REEL VOICE

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