Thursday, December 24, 2009

Movie Review-The Spirit

Ah, The Spirit. It cost so much to make and made so little back in revenue. Since it's Christmas Eve I'll be generous and give it a few positive points-Death is HOT.

Seriously, I wouldn't be surprised if a half-dozen young men jump off a building everyday in The Spirit universe just to spend five minutes in her loving embrace. The visuals from the Spirit range from decent to surprisingly well done, my favorite being the mudflats at the start of the film. It was written and directed by Frank Millar, the same man who wrote Sin City and in the same comic-book visual style.

The synopsis is this: The Spirit is a superhero fighting criminals in Central City. In reality he is Danny Colt, a man who mysteriously cannot die. His mission is to destroy his arch-nemesis the Octopus, but the arrival of his old fling Sand Saref complicates matters.

As I mentioned earlier the visuals are excellent. However, this is the problem with The Spirit-the characters are bland and never go beyond their designated roles. Danny is a womanizing hero with a love for cats and nothing else. Dolan is a grumpy police chief and nothing else. Ellen is a sweet mortician in love with Danny (no matter how many woman he's going after) and nothing else. Morganstern


I mean, wow, this is a blatant rip-off. Her appearance, her personality...everything! But my biggest problem with the characters has got to be Samuel L. Jackson as Danny's arch-nemesis the Octopus. I've seen a lot of movies with crazy people in it, and all of them portray insanity better than he does. How much did this guy make in this movie? Probably more than I do. Another problem with this movie is the jokes. They're childish, stupid, and at times even clash with a scene.

There's not much more to say about this movie, or even the ending. It's just as bland and unoriginal as everything else. Will there be a sequel? Well, compared to how much money they lost paying for Samuel L. Jackson, I kind of doubt it.

Stars: 2 out of 5. Good for visuals, not good for anything else.

So can I get my five dollars back from Samuel L. Jackson?

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