The Spirit – Review (Film)

The Spirit

I quite liked the look of The Spirit from it’s trailers and then pretty much as soon as it came out the film was mauled by the critics and deemed a flop.

It’s easy to see why.

The Spirit was, for me, at it’s best when he was fighting bad guys and there wasn’t nearly enough of that in my opinion.

Also this was pretty much a comedy film (both intentionally and unintentionally) but because of Frank Miller’s involvement was sold to the public as a Sin City/Batman Begins hybrid. It was more like a tongue in cheek Austin Powers style version of them.

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I thought the camp, over the top performance from Samuel L Jackson as The Octopus was actually ok and while Scarlett Johansson was a little wooden as Silken Floss, the character herself was great. The fact she was just aiding this criminal to get enough cash for a PHD was a brilliant touch. 😆

As for The Spirit, he was a bit annoying and a touch smug but I suspect that is down to the character rather than anything the actor was doing. Like Wesley in Wanted it’s often hard to associate yourself emotionally with a slightly unlikeable main character.

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Eva Mendes crops up as Sand Sarif, a role which didn’t really stretch her and even the usually great Sarah Poulsen seemed a little stiff. I think this might be down to the faux film noir style of the film though.

Overall it’s a film that wants to sit somewhere between Sin City and something like Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid. It’s style is too confusing for an audience that has been sold a completely different film from the trailers and marketing.

Rating: 5/10

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