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Old December 24 2008, 11:54 PM   #1
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Frank Miller's "The Spirit ...... "

" ...... of Christmas".

Now, I am not certain that I'm going to see "The Spirit" itself, but I can still appreciate this ... uhhh, variation ... on the story.
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Old December 25 2008, 01:36 AM   #2
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Re: Frank Miller's "The Spirit ...... "

Samuel L. Jackson is in it so I will go see it.
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Old December 25 2008, 01:46 AM   #3
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Re: Frank Miller's "The Spirit ...... "

It looks really corny. Some of that trailer dialogue was atrocious:

"I'm gonna kill you all kinds of dead!" ???????

and

"I'm the Octopus. I have eight of everything." (yeah, that doesn't sound wrong...)
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Old December 25 2008, 05:33 AM   #4
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I'd rather see that than the actual Spirit movie which looks all kinds of bad.
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Old December 26 2008, 02:28 PM   #5
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Re: Frank Miller's "The Spirit ...... "

I won't be bothering with The Spirit - not least because the UK release has been sliced and diced
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Old December 26 2008, 03:24 PM   #6
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Re: Frank Miller's "The Spirit ...... "

Please, trust someone who knows comics, knows Will Eisner's Spirit, and has seen this film: don't waste your time. Instead, do some reading. And some work by a true fan of Eisner, who should've been asked to be part of this film instead of Frank Miller.
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Old December 26 2008, 04:41 PM   #7
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Okay, this has been really bothering me so I thought I'd revisit this thread. Look, here's the deal, guys: most of you non-comic junkies and geeks will know anything about The Spirit. And there's nothing wrong with that. The Spirit is Denny Colt. He's a cop who is knocked unconscious by a bad guy's experimental nerve gas (this was the 40s, folks) and is buried because he appears to be dead. He "returns from the dead" and realizes that a man who is considered legally dead has the best secret identity of all. He adds a simple domino mask to his standard 40s attire (fedora, trenchcoat, suit) and fights crime with his fists, his brains, and his heart. Denny Colt is the original comic book everyman. Forget Peter Parker; Colt is the one who can really be identified with. He bleeds, he gets his ass kicked often. But he perseveres because of his willingness to succeed. This is what makes him the "spirit" of his city, and it's his fighting "spirit" that makes him a hero. Frank Miller (the douchebag whose work has been overrated by literary snobs who only think good comic books are those that deconstruct what comic books are) took The Spirit and made him into a guy who can jump great distances and who has a Wolverine-like ability to withstand injury. This is like making a Superman movie that requires Superman to use a car and not fly. The Spirit is a great character who sadly will not see the proper exposure he deserves because of a shitty movie made by a man with very little creative horizons, a one-trick pony who cannot get beyond "Sin City." Please, go and read these comics. Those of you who laugh at traditional superheroes and comic books in general will be pleasantly surprised, entertained, and then disgusted with this film.
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Old December 26 2008, 06:16 PM   #8
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Re: Frank Miller's "The Spirit ...... "

As a non-comic book reader, but one who absolutely loved both the 300 and Sin City films, I have to say that honestly, this film looks just awful based on the trailer. I'll definitely be taking a pass.
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Old December 27 2008, 04:01 AM   #9
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I personally can't stand this movie's style.

It looks so much like Sin city ( even the poster) that I bet casual movie goers may think it's been re-released.
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Old December 27 2008, 06:09 AM   #10
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Peter David has a funny review of it up at peterdavid.net.
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Old December 27 2008, 11:44 AM   #11
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Nardpuncher wrote: View Post
I personally can't stand this movie's style.

It looks so much like Sin city ( even the poster) that I bet casual movie goers may think it's been re-released.
From the trailer it looks like a cheap knock-off of Sin City - as if they thought Sin City was good because of the b&w look and virtual sets rather than because of story/script/direction/acting etc
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Old December 28 2008, 12:43 AM   #12
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Re: Frank Miller's "The Spirit ...... "

Some colleagues of mine and I were discussing this at work this week.

Promoting The Spirit as a comic book film makes zero sense; the general public has no idea who The Spirit is or even that it was a comic. Frank Miller turning it into Sin City 1 1/2 made a fair bit of sense; the visual style is something the audience would understand, promoting it as "The new film by the creator of Sin City and 300" would have some draw, and it could get people interested in ways that promoting it as "the new comic book film" would not.

Of course, the stench the film is giving off is going to turn anyone away, not just the people who know about The Spirit as a comics character. I'm thinking this could turn into a Uwe Boll-scale disaster. *shrug*
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