This is the first paragraph of the Wikipedia summary of The Spirit:
In a cat-filled mausoleum in Central City, Denny Colt, also known as The Spirit, receives a call from Detective Sussman about a major case that could involve the Spirit’s arch-nemesis, The Octopus. The Spirit dons his costume and travels across rooftops while delivering a voice-over soliloquy about the city being his one true love. A woman (Kimberly Cox) is being mugged in an alley below. He manages to save her, receiving a knife wound that he barely seems to notice. The woman asks, “What are you?”, with an arriving officer answering, “That’s The Spirit”. The Spirit runs away, catching a ride from Officer Liebowitz and heading toward the flats.
That really just kind of sums it up. Not just the beginning of the movie, but the movie as a whole. Because The Spirit is really stupid.
I really liked Sin City. But when The Spirit came out I really had no interest in a movie that looked like Sin City but was actually just a shitty movie. The plot made little to no sense, the characters were undeveloped, and it was way too long. Reading the Wikipedia summary is more entertaining.
The Spirit is a movie I know I was curious about when it came out but quickly realized absolutely no one liked it. And you very quickly realize why. This movie is so unnecessarily difficult to follow it makes it seem like Frank Miller has never written a story before. And on top of that it’s boring!
The movie is about The Spirit. Who is the Spirit exactly? Well if you haven’t read the comics you won’t have a clue who he is or what he can do until at least half way through the movie. You don’t even really understand what the story really is. All you know right off the bat is that The Spirit, well, he loves the ladies! And that’s pretty much his only character trait for most of the film.
The funniest memory I have associated with this movie was going to the New York Comic Con a year or two after the film came out and seeing a booth manned by just one guy with tons of spirit promotional materials. I mean this guy looked lost with the amount of Spirit merchandise around him. And the whole time I was there I didn’t see a single person walk by his booth at all interested in what he was selling. It was both sad and funny at the same time. I hope he didn’t put too much of his life savings into all that.
This movie is bad and I’m honestly not sure if it’s even to a point where watching this movie is worth it. It’s just sooo boring. I can barely remember anything that happened and we just recently watched it. Please stay away from movies, Frank Miller.