Watching The Spirit be like being trapped in elevator wit chatty, pompous – albeit well-dressed – douchebag suffering from explosive diarrhea. For 90+ excruciating minutes. Forget waterboarding; dis film be worser cruel and inhuman punishment. By de point where Samuel L. Jackson strut onto stage in gestapo Nazi regalia to deliver arch, long-winded speech, me already blubbering, broken monster ready to give up anyting to make it stop.
Movie open on cheesy voice-over delivered by De Spirit, a superhero trying very hard to do his best gravely-voiced Batman imitation. He yammer on about his city as we be treated to silly stylized shots of him beating up muggers. We learn everyting dat on his mind…becuz he tell us. Constantly! Throughout dis entire movie, we subjekted to his annoying voice-overs in which he tell us exaktly what he be tinking – even though it already be pretty obvious. After a while, you want to shout at de screen: “We know all dis! Shut de F up and get on wit de movie!”
Spirit arrive on scene of shooting. He help cop pull detective out of lake. Spirit point out: “He’s still breathing.” Yeah, no kidding. Guy be moving around and clearly conscious so chances are good he’s still breathing, you idiot. Monster suspekt his heart beating too! Why not point dat out as well? Suddenly, dey ambushed by villain, de Octopus, who trow a big chunk of rock at Spirit’s head – but not before yelling “Heads up!” so dat Spirit have ample warning.
De Spirit and Octopus face off in one of de stoopidest over-de-top mud fight sekwences in cinematic history complete wit giant wrenches, toilets, and big floppy hats. Two tings be pretty obvious here: 1) both dese guys be indestruktible, and 2) Frank Miller should never be allowed to direkt another movie. Octopus eskape wit help from his side kick, sexy Silken Floss and clone thugs.
Shot detective die but Spirit recover locket he be clutching. Turn out locket belong to Sans Serif (not to be confused wit de font), a girl he grew up wit and still loves. How we know dis? Becuz we treated to corny flashback. AND de point hammered home by more pointless voice-over. Spirit decide he have to find her. We know dis becuz he tells us in another voice-over. And becuz he aktually tries to find her.
Cut to Octopus’s sewer lair where he, dressed up as samurai and Silken dressed up as kimono for reasons known only to direktor, kill off clone thugs while offering expository info dump. He be after a vase holding de blood of Heracles dat will make him immortal. And Sans Serif holding de goods!
We introduced to more boring charakters: a detektive and his daughter, de Medical Examiner, who madly in love wit Spirit – even tho she not know his real name. Monster’s money be on Boring McTedious.
San Serif drop in on creepy businessman and force him to commit suicide, leaving behind her calling card. A “Z” like Zorro? Nope. A photocopy of her ass.
While Octopus back at his lab checking out a cloned hopping foot wit a tiny head on top (Monster not making dis up), Spirit track San Serif down to hotel room. He surprize her and she get upset and accidentally push him too hard – and out window. He get coat snagged on de way down and we treated to “hilarious” sekwence of him, wit his pants down around his ankles, trying to use his belt to snag a lifeline.
More inner monologue. He somehow end up in sewers (Well, dat was easy!) where Silken walk up to him and injekt him wit drug, knocking him out. Well, dat was even easier!
He wake up tied to chair in front of giant stage where sword-wielding belly-dancer sashay before him. But she only de opening akt! Next up, Octopus come out dressed as Nazi and give loooong speech, den order belly-dancer to kill Spirit.
LUCKILY, Spirit happen to know belly dancer and, instead of killing him, she free him. What are de chances?! She help him eskape, den stick him wit sword becuz, apparently, it was a bad break up.
Octopus orchestrate exchange wit San Serif. But, before he can get vase, he double-cross her. Why? Why not just conklude de deal and take de vase he be desperately after dis entire movie? Why risk everyting? Why? Becuz dat what de skript say of course!
Spirit arrive! Den cops! Shootout! Vase broken and blood of Heracles spilled (Seriously, if it be dat important to you, why not just lick it off de ground?). Spirit stick a grenade in Octopus and he explode. Nothing left of him but a finger – dat Silken take for safekeeping. And possible cloning.
Spirit kiss Sans Serif goodbye and confirm his love for Medical Examiner. Even tho she still not know his name.
Cue annoying ending voice-over monologue.
Verdikt: A ridikulous, pretentious, boring, annoyingly self-indulgent wankfest. But pretty to look at!
Rating: 3 out of 10 chocolate chippee cookies.