The Spirit (DVD)

Spirited away…

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.

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

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.

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Watchmen (2009)

They said it was unfilmable. They were so wrong.

OK, so purists may find some differences between Alan Moore’s beloved, seminal graphic novel and Zack Snyder’s epic adaptation – namely omissions forced by theatrical time constraints – but Snyder has certainly captured the book’s very heart and soul. The essence of what made Moore’s tale a work of genius is up on the screen for all to see, and it looks phenomenal.

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