YMMV / The Spirit

  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In 1941 (after Adolf Hitler had established himself as a tyrannical conqueror, but before the true scope of the Holocaust had become public knowledge), the story "The Dictator's Reform" had a No Celebrities Were Harmed version of Hitler get taught a lesson by The Spirit, who showed him that people who have lived under free regimes will never stop fighting against oppressive conquerors. Hitler's response? "I ... I never thought of it in that way ... I ... I would have to kill all the once free people in the world before I can be absolute master!!" In 1941, this is supposed to signify Hitler having an epiphany about how futile his goals are and pulling a Heel–Face Turn. To later audiences, it seems uncomfortably close to what Hitler actually tried to do. Nice Job Inspiring the Holocaust, Spirit.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Ebony White in the reboot.
  • Tear Jerker: Many, most are obvious, others can be with reflection. Hell, with some thought, stories like 12/8/46's story "The Killer" can be heartrending, especially since it can actually happen in real life.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • In the early strips, Ebony was a rather... broad stereotype. Fortunately, when Will Eisner joined the army, he realised he was being unfair to blacks, and Ebony was Put on a Bus, and when The Bus Came Back, he was toned down a lot. Interestingly, Ebony White is—if you can make it past his accent—actually pretty consistently shown from the start to be very intelligent with good street-smarts, just not well-educated... which makes perfect sense once you consider he's driving a cab at odd hours and is very likely supporting himself that way. When is he supposed to be attending school, anyway?
    • Also, The Spirit didn't really have much trouble over fighting or hitting women. Even worse, sometimes it was played for laughs. The reboot seems to have the unwritten rule that The Spirit can beat up any woman so long as she throws the first punch. Considering most of the women he meets are criminals and routinely try to kill/kidnap/sexually harass him/others, and most are far from defenseless, this comes off to some as more him avoiding Double Standard. The hammer of justice is unisex, after all.

  • Awesome Music:
  • Crazy Awesome: Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson, an African-American man and a Jewish woman respectively, dressed as Nazis. You'd have to see that for yourself.
  • Ear Worm: "Falling in Love Again"
  • Funny Moments:
    • When the Octopus discovers that his henchmen brought him the wrong chest.
    • The purse snatcher/news interview scene. One of the few moments in the film where it actually feels like a Spirit comic.
    • The Octopus sums up Greek Mythology:
    Octopus: See, Zeus couldn't keep it in his pants, so he made bags and bags of children.
  • Ham and Cheese: Supposedly done on purpose. Frank Miller just got everybody together and told them to relax and dine on the scenery like an all-you-can-eat buffet - Conspicuous CG is just so easy to maintain.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Morgenstern (played by Stana Katic) is frequently told that she'll "make detective in no time." Yes. Yes she would.
    • Young Sands is a fan of The Argonauts, especially the idea of legendary heroes like Jason and Hercules working together. Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson would later star in a movie that does the same with Marvel comics.
      • The Spirit even asks The Octopus if he was looking for Thor's Hammer. Sure enough...
    • A superhero movie where the hero has a super-healing power, frequently breaks the fourth wall to monologue, and has over-the-top fights? What does that sound like?
    • There's a scene where Silken Floss (played by Scarlett Johansson) is inexplicably wearing a kimono and using a Japanese umbrella while ordering a henchman to commit Seppuku. She would later be criticized for playing a Japanese character in the live-action Ghost In The Shell movie.
  • Love It or Hate It: You will either love it for being an utterly bizarre, Frank Miller's wet dream of a movie or hate it for this reason and/or for being an amazingly misguided adaptation of the comic.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The Octopus crosses the line with what he does to that kitten.
  • Narm Charm: Given that the film lives and breathes with Narm, it is not surprising that it composes for many people an overall feeling of awe.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Morgenstern, played by Stana Katic, is frequently told that she'll "make detective in no time." She went on to play Detective Kate Beckett on eight seasons of Castle.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Whether Frank meant it (which is most probably) or not.
  • Spiritual Licensee: To some, it feels an awful lot more like a movie of The Tick rather than that of The Spirit, what with his running around narrating about "MY CITY!" and tortured metaphors.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The healing factor.