By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Lionsgate, AICN
All that good stuff I recently said about The Spirit? Well, I might soon be eating my words. After admitting that the recent TV spots convinced me that this adaptation could be really good, the first screening report to surface thinks otherwise.
Screening Report: The Spirit
As a matter of fact, the screening report to surface over at AICN for The Spirit claims that the film is one of the worst in the history of cinema. The reviewer targets various aspects of the film including acting, but I thought his attack on Frank Miller was the most memorable.
Okay, Mr. Miller. Let’s get it on.
Seriously, it’s not. You clearly don’t have any idea what you’re doing. Someone, ANYONE, over at Lionsgate should have known this. Fuck, it’s their JOB to know this. But they didn’t. They somehow bought the idea that you “co-directed” (hah) Sin City, which even if it WERE true, doesn’t mean you directed the movie. It means you sat in a seat next to Rodriguez and took notes on what words to say when (we see Frank scribbling furiously into a steno pad, tongue out in concentration. Close up on the notebook: “Action” – say this at the beginning when you want the pretty people to talk. “Cut” – say this when everyone looks at you). How could the suits know that your direction to the actors was, apparently, “You guys’ve done this before, just do what you normally do.” (Look! There’s Sam Jackson doing Sam Jackson.)
Can this 'critic' hate anybody more than Miller at the moment? It just so happens that he finds Lionsgate to be the main offender for thinking they can release this 'junk'.
So, execs over at Lionsgate: Fuck. You.
Folks, this movie is that bad. I heartily recommend it if you have a strong stomach and an even stronger sense of Bad-Movie-Love. Otherwise, steer clear.
Ouch! Check out the entire report er, bashing on The Spirit at AICN.
Will Eisner's The Spirit opens to theaters on January 16th, 2009.