One bad guy is particularly troublesome: The Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson).
The Spirit is Frank Miller’s first solo effort at directing (he co-directed Sin City with Robert Rodriguez), and it is an adaption of the comic book of the same name, also by Miller, following the success of previous adoptions of his work such as Sin City and 300.
Like the previous adaption, The Spirit is glorious to look at: it is sexy sleek and stylish. Unfortunately, the story is weak and forgettable, leaving the images as the most memorable thing about the film.
The movie lacked some of the punch that other Miller adoptions have and the audience has come to expect: violence and sex. It feels as though the whole thing has been softened down to achieve a 12a rating, but in doing so it fails to appeal to Miller’s already established fan base.
It is quite cheesy and over the top, which works for the film, and it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Samuel L Jackson is as awesome as ever as The Octopus, whilst Scarlett Johansen, Eva Mendes and Jaime King are all stunning as Silken Floss, Sand Saref, and Lorelei respectively.
The Spirit is enjoyable, and certainly fantastic to look at, but unfortunately seems to be tying to be Sin City 2, but without the oomph of the original.
Director: Frank Miller
Stars: Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson