The Spirit – A Living Comic Book Movie Escape


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Gary and I took advantage of a rainy Saturday afternoon and decided to catch a movie at the Jack London Square in Oakland. We had wanted to see the movie, “The Spirit so we were glad that we were able to get into an afternoon matinee. 

The visuals of the movie are what get you in the first place. It takes animation and real life action and mixes it across a canvas that is very film noir.  It is a living comic book. It has all the elements of the tough talking cops, the dark Gotham like city, the men in hats, and the shadows with lighting penetrating through the mist. It is a visual feast in darkness. 

I actually like the over the top villain role of Octopus that Samuel Jackson played. It was hilarious and he was able to bring something to that character that took it beyond a simply campy caricature. Eva Mendes was a stand out in her role as the sultry Sand Saref.  Gabriel Macht made a good Hero in the troubled lead character of the Spirit.

Gabriel Macht as The Spirit

Gabriel Macht as The Spirit

 

 

 

The storyline is no Oscar winning screenplay but it is filled with enough humor and action to make it a popcorn movie to find a good escape in and be spirited away ( no pun intended) from the daily routine of life.

Eva Mendes as Sands Saref

Eva Mendes as Sands Saref

 

It is not your typical film and that is why I enjoyed it. 

Samuel Jackson as the Octopus

Samuel Jackson as the Octopus

 

 

 

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