Beware!!! Some spoilers ahead…
After spending Christmas with the family, I jetted over to the theater to see Frank Miller’s THE SPIRIT film. This was probably one of the best-filmed (and best-directed) movies that I've ever seen. It’s absolutely beautiful to watch. And I did like the way the actors Gabriel Macht and Eva Mendes portrayed (respectively) Denny Colt and Sand Saref.
But, everything else about the movie stunk. THE SPIRIT film is not Will Eisner’s Spirit. It’s not even Jules Pfeiffer’s Spirit, nor any Spirit that I’ve ever read in the comics. This is Frank Miller all the way. The film is moody, the script is boring, much of the casting is lousy, and giving the Spirit super-healing powers (and making him, possibly, immortal) is just plain dumb. Miller should have just renamed the movie "MILLER’S GHOSTLY CRAP" or some such because THE SPIRIT is not the Spirit.
I figured I’d comment on THE SPIRIT film since many P.I.C. members had had Will Eisner as a teacher at the School of Visual Arts. I am interested to know what everyone else thought of the film. Being a fan of the Spirit comics (and a fan of Frank Miller’s comics), I really wanted to enjoy THE SPIRIT movie, but I just wasn’t able to do so.
Labels: Christmas, Comics, Film, Reviews, Will Eisner