The Spirit Review

May 15, 2009 at 11:44 am (Movies)

I just want to let everyone know that you should never make a bet with DS. Chances are you are going to turn out wrong. I’m just gonna quit trying to disagree with him in Heroes and pretty much anything else movie or TV related. His latest triumph was assuming that The Spirit was not worth my time, and he was exactly right. Where some movies choose the formula and exclude a particular style (nothing wrong with that) (Iron Man), and others exude style but still present a captivating story (300), others like The Spirit just decide to totally drop a coherent story all together and just focus on making the movie look good. The Spirit tells the story (from what I got) of a cop who was brought back to life so that he could fight crime and thwart the plans of the mastermind known as The Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson). There’s also a bunch of sub plots with the blood of the gods and all this other mess, but it didn’t really matter when you’re too busy being annoyed by the movie’s over-flashiness and consistency to make you want to like it or applaud it for being stylish. Yea, I get it Frank Miller, it’s black and white, yea, I get it, Jackson’s a wacko, yea, I get it, everything’s a parody, apparently of itself, quit beating me over the head with it. What started out as a neat art scheme in the first five minutes and a few zany characters that livened up the movie and entertained me turned into just a monotonous practice of annoyance. In lamens terms, it’s annoying and constant. I did slightly enjoy Samuel L. Jackson’s performance towards the beginning, and throughout the movie it never really got downright annoying. The swift blend and pacing of the action in the movie was enough to get excited over sometimes, but once again the style of the movie brought it down. Overall, this is just a 2 hour long reason why not to let Frank Miller ever direct a movie. Just wait 5 years and we’ll be seeing a reboot for The Spirit. I would only recommend The Spirit to those who want to get out of a good mood or those with incredibly weird superhero movie tastes, otherwise just wait for Watchmen or rent The Dark Knight again. I really wanted to like The Spirit, I kinda wanted to be able to go against DS’s opinion, however I just can’t. The Spirit had some awesome ideas behind it, and packed a good fun punch every now and then, however thanks to an annoying flavor to it and a style that, while originally fun, gets put in front of the actual movie itself, along with some annoying perforamnces and obscure plot, put this one behind the crowd.

2 out of 5



  1. darkcloak said,

    Told ya.

  2. earlman27 said,

    Yea yea yea. That was the point of the first 3 sentences.

  3. The James said,

    that sounds lame…..

  4. earlman27 said,

    Exactly… It puts style over content and thus loses all value as a movie…

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