The Spirit (Cert 12A) Cinema Review

Harrow Times: Eva Mendes as Sand Saref in The Spirit Eva Mendes as Sand Saref in The Spirit

LEAPING from rooftop to rooftop in stark, black and white, rainslick surburbia, The Spirit’s grimy home is transformed into something beautiful here.

Dark and light tones mingle with dashes of red for this cinematic intepretation of the Will Eisner comics.

Brought to the screen by Frank Miller, the creator of Sin City and 300, many fans hoped the series would be in safe hands.

But once you stop gawping at the fantastic CGI effects, there is nothing left but a dull and empty experience.

Even the amped up fight scenes fail to raise much of a thrill, while other bits are just plain weird. It was quite telling that rows of people left the screening.

Reminiscent of The Crow, it is the story of a cop (Gabriel Macht) who gets gunned down but comes back to life to seek vengeance and fight crime.

"Obviously, Miller is a better comic writer than screen writer as the dialogue is poor and the 'cartoon violence’ does not translate well on the screen."

David Morgan

His arch nemesis is the equally supernatural Octopus (Samuel L Jackson), who, with the help of some clones and Scarlett Johansson, is seeking immortality.

Obviously, Miller is a better comic writer than screen writer as the dialogue is poor and the ‘cartoon violence’ does not translate well on the screen.

That said, The Spirit’s noir sensibilities rub off quite well giving the film a genuine retro feel in tribute to the comic’s 1940s origins.

It’s quite refreshing to see the cast act in the theatrical way you won’t have seen since you last tuned into something like Casablanca.

6/10 Lacking in spirit

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11:46pm Mon 26 Jan 09

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11:46pm Mon 26 Jan 09

sergal says...

Scarlet Johansson "actress"actually is a clone from original person,has nothing with acting career,was created from stolen biomat.Original Scrlett Galabekian last name is nice,CHRISTIAN lady.Clones(not1)mad
e in GRMANY,leader manufactrer of humans clones,it''s in Ludwigshafen am Rhein,H.Kohl home twn.Original family didn''t authorize activity with stlen biomaterials,it''s all should go to Cedars-Sinai MedCenter in LA.Clone control is US Army job.Original Scrlett never was engaged,by the wy
Scarlet Johansson "actress"actually is a clone from original person,has nothing with acting career,was created from stolen biomat.Original Scrlett Galabekian last name is nice,CHRISTIAN lady.Clones(not1)mad e in GRMANY,leader manufactrer of humans clones,it''s in Ludwigshafen am Rhein,H.Kohl home twn.Original family didn''t authorize activity with stlen biomaterials,it''s all should go to Cedars-Sinai MedCenter in LA.Clone control is US Army job.Original Scrlett never was engaged,by the wy sergal
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