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J.

I endorse this review 110%. I was hoping to see Miller's genius shine through, but I left the theater puzzled and disappointed. Not what I expected, not what I wanted to see.

Linkmeister

Making Light on The Spirit. Inevitably the comments drift from the main topic, but there's some good criticism there.

I checked out Volume 3 of the original Eisner comics from the library and tried to read them, but my 60s-00s sensibilities weren't in tune with the 40s feel of them. I kept finding the ending of each story wanting somehow. Too much Deux ex machina, maybe.

Gary Farber

"In short, too much Miller and not enough Eisner."

I could tell that from the trailer, which is why I'll wait for the Netflix DVD.

Vic

Nice review. Captures my feelings exactly. Miller is a life long fan of Eisner, but you'd never know it based on this fiasco. He has taken away every element of wit and irony that was in the comic and made it a leaden thing. The Spirit never had superpowers, but now he's semi-immortal. The Octopus was never seen. No one even knew what he looked like, which was part of his mystique. Now he prances around in samurai garb. This is the film I'd expect Michael Bay to make. What an utter disappointment.

Frank Miller is a wonderful comic artist who, along with Alan Moore, helped to bring comics out of the "funny book" ghetto in the mid-'80s. Please do not let him anywhere near a film camera again. He seems not to realize that dialogue that works in a thought bubble sounds atrocious on the screen when spoken aloud.

It's a shame that Miller didn't give the scripting job to Darwyn Cooke, who is currently reviving the Spirit for DC Comics. His take brings the Spirit into the modern world without losing any of the pulpy fun of the original. I'd encourage all the Spirit fans to check it out.

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