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      CommentAuthortedcroland
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2008
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    Oh Jesus God In Heaven

    So...I guess we're getting Sin City 2 after all...it's just called The Spirit instead.
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      CommentAuthorCCosker
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2008
     (1873.2)
    Definitely looks like the style Frank Miller has become. And a conglomeration of comic books, animation, and live action film that seems to be more and more prevalent.
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      CommentAuthorGreg SBB!
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2008
     (1873.3)
    Oh dear.
    • CommentAuthorglenn ross
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2008
     (1873.4)
    A little corny and testeroney , but could be so bad that it's good.
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      CommentAuthorCCosker
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2008
     (1873.5)
    but could be so bad that it's good.

    Samuel L. Jackson is the villain. Oh yes.
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    Well Frank Miller IS a little corny and very testosterony so I guess that was expected. It is totally in the Frank Miller comic style, but why is that a problem? It's his style, just like any other director has a style. I don't think it will be the greatest of films, but it should be a fun hour and a half. He does like his cheesy lines though doesn't he?
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2008
     (1873.7)
    i like the Roof-Fu. At first I thought it was silly, but this really takes me back to when the first heroes I knew about were Green Hornet and stuff like that.
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    Well Frank Miller IS a little corny and very testosterony so I guess that was expected. It is totally in the Frank Miller comic style, but why is that a problem?


    Except that this isn't based on a Frank Miller comic...
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      CommentAuthorEgon
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2008 edited
     (1873.9)
    Frank Miller is a good visual story teller. Dialog can be pretty corny, but he's always been about over the top. That way, even "I'm the god damned batman!" fits, strangely. File under: Popcorn Flick!

    The flipping does look a bit weird though.
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      CommentAuthorsynthsapien
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2008 edited
     (1873.10)
    Except that this isn't based on a Frank Miller comic...

    No, but it's based on Frank Miller's version of the comic. It's not like he's raping Eisner's comic without his consent.
    • CommentAuthorWinther
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2008
     (1873.11)
    I've never read a single Spirit comic, so I don't have much of an opinion as to the movie's fidelity. But it does look like a Sin City retread. And I'm becoming weary of Miller's overwrought hyper-noir dialogue. Seems like it's all he knows how to write these days.

    'She is my mother... She is my lover...' - Doesn't that seem kind of... wrong?
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      CommentAuthortedcroland
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2008 edited
     (1873.12)
    I understand that it's his style, but it's not really a Spirit movie at that point. It's just Sin City 2. I'd prefer to see the--no pun intended--spirit and tone of the stories remain, rather than being replaced by a fleeting but popularized style of another person's vision.

    Spider-Man is a great example--it's clearly directed by Raimi, but he retained the feeling of the stories that he was adapting. Whether that's good or bad is up to the viewer, but at least he tried.
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    While the voiceover has fuckall to do with the Spirit, the less-than-slick, slightly goofy roof-running is very Eisner/Spirit in feel.
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    'She is my mother... She is my lover...' - Doesn't that seem kind of... wrong?

    See, that means the Spirit is A BAD MOTHERFUCKER.
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    Except that this isn't based on a Frank Miller comic


    Well, no its not. However, It is based on the comic that Miller probably views as one of his major inspirations. So he is taking The Spirit through his own compatible artistic lens, a fine old tradition in the arts and arguably the bread and butter of many comics. If Miller can manage his own stylistic issues that boarder on fetish, this his chosen style is quite a good choice.

    A small point - there is a certain bumbling natural movement of the Spirit, a sign he is not a roof ninja, but a human doing the exceptional. Thats a small sign, bit its rather reassuring in the trailer.

    Edit: and Warren beat me on the latter point by about 20 seconds. Hah.
    • CommentAuthorvg
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2008
     (1873.16)
    Frank Miller on The Spirit: You might say he’s a bit of a slut.

    I always loved that line.
    • CommentAuthorWinther
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2008
     (1873.17)
    'She is my mother... She is my lover...' - Doesn't that seem kind of... wrong?

    See, that means the Spirit is A BAD MOTHERFUCKER.


    Or possibly he's Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel... He is my Father... He is my Uncle
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      CommentAuthorTed
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2008
     (1873.18)
    'She is my mother... She is my lover...' - Doesn't that seem kind of... wrong?

    See, that means the Spirit is A BAD MOTHERFUCKER.


    HA!

    I'm liking the action, less so the visual tone, but this is, after all, a teaser, so maybe I'll reserve judgment.
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    'She is my mother... She is my lover.'

    Our family tree dun be a stick, yo. We're giving the Ptolomys a run for their dynasty!
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      CommentAuthororwellseyes
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2008 edited
     (1873.20)
    I'm curious to see it for the visuals alone. Seeing Eisner's cityscapes transformed into animated form is pretty appealing.

    The writing?

    Yeah.

    I'm going for the visuals.

    Also, just a note, that's the music from "The Untouchables" playing. Gives you a sense of the inspiration perhaps. DePalma's grotesque of a 50's tv show.