Lessons from bad movies – "The Spirit" (The Bitter Script Reader)

This weekend I Netflixed a film I knew better than to spend $12 on when it was in wide release – Frank Miller’s The Spirit. I’d seen the presentation for this film at last year’s Comic Con, where one previewed scene played so horribly to the audience that the producer was practically apologizing for it after running the clip. I knew I shouldn’t spend theatre prices on this turkey, but it immediately earned a place in my Netflix queue.

Most of the major critics took their shots at this one back when it first came out, so I’m not going to waste time with a broad review. Also, I’ve never really followed the Will Eisner comic upon which this is based, so I can’t speak too deeply to the film’s fidelity to the source material. Still even with the limited exposure I’ve had to the comics, I can tell that visually, the film looks nothing like Eisner’s vision. It looks more like… well… Sin City, which Miller co-directed with Robert Rodriguez.

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Copyright 2009 Will Eisner: A Spirited Life by Bob Andelman

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Bob Andelman is the host and producer of Mr. Media® Interviews. He is also the author or co-author of 15 books, including The Wawa Way with Howard Stoeckel, Building Atlanta with Herman J. Russell, Fans Not Customers with Vernon W. Hill, founder of Commerce Bank and Metro Bank UK, Mind Over Business with Ken Baum, The Consulate with Thomas R. Stutler, The Profiler with Pat Brown, Built From Scratch with the founders of The Home Depot, The Profit Zone with Adrian Slywotzky, Mean Business with Albert J. Dunlap, and Will Eisner: A Spirited Life. Click here to see Bob Andelman's Amazon Central author page. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (member page).