After his successful collaboration with Robert Rodriguez on 2005’s Sin City, Frank Miller clearly caught the film-making bug. His adaptation of Will Eisner’s seminal comic book The Spirit marks the graphic novel artist’s solo directorial debut and, while visually reminiscent of Sin City, it unfortunately lacks any of that film’s narrative heart and soul.
Claws for thought
Origin stories seem to be Hollywood’s current obsession; no surprise given the mega-bucks generated by Bond restart Casino Royale and Batman reboot The Dark Knight. Throw in the huge success of Marvel’s X-Men franchise, and a film exploring the birth of fan favourite Wolverine is an absolute no-brainer. But does X-Men Origins: Wolverine have any bite to go with its bark? Yes, although it would best be described as a satisfactory growl, rather than a knock-you-out-of-your-seat roar.