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The Spirit teaser trailer

What do you think of The Spirit's teaser trailer?

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Posted: Mon, 21st Apr 2008, 8:33am

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The teaser trailer for Frank Miller's directorial follow-up to Sin City is now available on YouTube. The Spirit is another comic book adaptation, based on Will Eisner's work of the same name. Employing the same techniques and visual style of Sin City, this looks undeniably stylish - but we can't help but think that Miller should have gone for something at least a little different. On the other hand, perhaps it's just the marketing men trying to appeal directly to the Sin City crowd...?
Posted: Mon, 21st Apr 2008, 6:07pm

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Looks pretty cool - should have been a teaser to Sin City 2 though. Oh, and was I the only one who saw some pretty bad garbage matting when the guy does a flip onto the roof? You can clearly see a wire strapped to the actor - more visible in the HD version on MTV.com though.
Posted: Mon, 21st Apr 2008, 9:18pm

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Whether the style has become too copied by amateur effects artists or too similar to Sin City is debatable. But as a teaser trailer, this is great! Well paced, teasing, cool, and good use and timing of text. The under the shoes whited-out was very much Sin City, but everything else had a different air to it (or so it seemed to me). Less noirish and restrained and more furious and fast, more fervent editing.

In many ways doing The Spirit stylistically- it's hard to avoid the Sin City similarities because of the time period and the 'serious comic bookiness' to it. I suspect Watchmen will run into similar problem with this same comment, too; being largely voiceovers with action shots.

This is Frank Miller, though, who I'm convinced didn't really direct Sin City.

But this just barely makes the 'it's different enough mark' for me. At least what I've seen of the movie from the teaser.
Posted: Mon, 21st Apr 2008, 11:47pm

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It definitely looks a lot like Sin City stylistically, but I'm sure they won't be identical once the actual movie comes out.
Posted: Tue, 22nd Apr 2008, 12:31am

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To me it looked less gritty and more actual "comic-bookish" than Sin City. Definitely similar, for obvious reasons. But Sin City looked more real. And a big difference was the way the protagonist actually moved. It looked almost animated, in a good way. Hard to explain. I look forward to this.
Posted: Tue, 22nd Apr 2008, 8:07am

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Atom wrote:

In many ways doing The Spirit stylistically- it's hard to avoid the Sin City similarities because of the time period and the 'serious comic bookiness' to it. I suspect Watchmen will run into similar problem with this same comment, too; being largely voiceovers with action shots.
Hmmm, it's been a while since I read Watchmen, but I don't recall it having much voiceover. Snippets of Rorschach's diary, but that's about it, isn't it?

I don't think Watchmen will fall into a similar pattern or style at all, if for no other reason than it's been shot on actual sets.
Posted: Tue, 22nd Apr 2008, 6:25pm

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I'm finishing Watchmen right now. And whether it's a cut in the middle of dialogue to someone else's story, Rorschach's diary, Dr. Manhattan's thoughts, the psychiatrist's journal, etc. the whole graphic novel (to me) seems like it would be, almost completely, voice over material.

At least in the way it reads. There are several points where what Ozymandias or Nite Owl are saying trails off to shots of other characters for an extended number of comic panes before it comes back to them. The same is true for the way a lot of the Comedian's stuff is done.

To me it reads/looks very much like a movie storyboard because of this.
Posted: Tue, 22nd Apr 2008, 7:34pm

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I guess it's great, but it being so similar to Sin City is a HUGE turn off for me. I don't want to watch another movie in the same style, unless it's a direct sequel.

But since Frank Miller is directing, the style was probaly inevitable. That's just his style, but that doesn't seem to fit in with this universe judging from what I've seen.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Apr 2008, 7:16am

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Am I the only one who thinks this "Spirit" guy looks rather clumsy when he jumps around on rooftops? Apart from his red tie, which looks cool, the trailer made me think "Someone needs to work out a little more".

Or is the guy supposed to look like a little girl when he does his superhero moves? I'm entirely not familiar with him.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Apr 2008, 8:35am

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It does have a slight feeling of "My First Wire Stunts Movie" to it, doesn't it? I've not read the comic, so don't know the context at all - but the character certainly didn't have the parkour-style fluidity that the voiceover and style seemed to suggest.
Posted: Thu, 24th Apr 2008, 6:46pm

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I liked it. It was more random, 'rough-n-tumble' style of movement with quick hits and jumps back into the air. Entirely how I would expected a non-gymnast or non-parkour specialist to react; while retaining a cool, comic-booky feel.

I think his movements work. More than that, I think they make the teaser. The hopping from wire-to-wire, the stumble on the jump that turns into a sliding motion. To me, however silly it may sound, it seems realistic.

Also, The Spirit is a not-so-stylized 1940s detective comic serial. Oddly enough, what perplexes me is that the comic doesn't really retain the 40s noir-style of the time, so it's odd to see that style be put into the movie.

I also couldn't help but chuckle at the Frank Miller-drawn poster for the movie. The Spirit is drawn in black and white with a red tie in all the scribbly, Frank-Millery glory; then the text is a Frank Millery beatup-looking red font.

In actuality, the comic has a fluid cleaness to the title font and the character wears blue and a mask. Neither seen in the trailer. smile