Ok, I had heard all the negativity surrounding this film, so didnt exactly go out of my way to watch it, but now I have been able to buy the blu ray for little more than a couple of quid, I decided to give it a go. First things first is the obvious comparison, and thats Sin City. It is nothing like Sin City, and nobody who liked that movie should go into this one expecting another movie of that ilk. And this is where I think a lot of hatred for this movie stems from. Due to the obvious visuals and the blurb thats tells you its made by the same people, it lead many who were unfamiliar with the character, to expect another gritty crime drama, and what they got was a somewhat camp, black comedy.
Now I am not fan of The Spirit from the comic books because I have never read any books featuring him, but I do know that he was always a more comedic character. Most people dont seem to realise this.
I actually found the film to be fun, albeit very silly, which is fine if you are expecting that.
Visually its most certainly a Sin City copy, but I dont think its anywhere near as good, with some poor special effects (the underwater scene with Sand looks pretty horrible to me.
I think its really starting to make Frank Miller look like a one trick pony with the visuals suggesting that maybe this is the only kind he can manage.
Sin City was perfect as thats exactly what the comic book looked like, but The Spirit should have been a much more cartoon colourful affair, maybe similar to the 60s Batman tv show and film.
Over all for the price I paid, and because I knew the character was not to be take seriously, I enjoyed the film. Had I expected something else, I probably would have been 1 starring this as well.
As it is, it certainly isnt a great piece of work, but certainly worth the odd watch here and there.