This should never have been released worldwide with the end result this film is. Carrying the accolade of the first comic book film with an African American lead, it should be ultimately ashamed of how bad this actually is. The intention is clear but with one horrific script and even worse CGI this is best forgotten.
I'm a huge fan of Spawn, and I quite enjoy the movie, despite it having flaws and paling in comparison to the excellent animated series.
I love the premise of the movie, and it does seem to follow the character pretty well, though the plot itself does move a bit too quickly, and is rather simple compared to the source material.
The casting is pretty good. Michael Jai White is an excellent choice for Al Simmons/Spawn and does pretty good with the material. John Leguizamo steals the show as Clown/Violator, he's perfectly vulgar and grotesque like his comic counterpart. The only real issue I have with the cast is Martin Sheen, who portrays Jason Wynn as an over-the-top buffoon.
The visuals are good...for the most part. The photography and settings are very dark and keep the look and tone of the comics, despite being considerably watered down for a younger audience. The makeup FX and costume design are really good, especially Spawn and Violator, but the CGI is pretty hit and miss. You have some great FX for the time like Spawn's cape, but you also have some really awful shots like the scenes dealing with Hell and Malebolgia, which look terrible.
Throw in some decent action scenes and an amazing 90s soundtrack, and you have this movie, which is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me.