Sound Off: Frank Miller's 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' - Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
August 22, 2014
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "Sin City's where you go in with your eyes open, or you don't come out at all." Now playing in theaters is the long-awaited sequel adapting the Frank Miller graphic novel series Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, co-directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, with one heck of an ensemble cast. From Mickey Rourke to Josh Brolin, Jessica Alba to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, with Eva Green and Rosario Dawson, Ray Liotta, Dennis Haysbert, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Christopher Lloyd and Powers Boothe as Roark. Was it worth the wait all this time? Is it any good? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your own thoughts on Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
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To fuel the fire, while I enjoyed some of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, I found most of it a bit of a bore and I still think the first film is better than this one. No, they didn't go all out and one-up themselves, instead it seems like a rather dull and oddly sexual follow-up to the first movie. Less bullets, more boobs, maybe? Out of the three storylines, I found Joseph Gordon-Levitt's to be fun at first but eventually the most ridiculous with some stupid decisions made; the best was watching Josh Brolin finally suit up as Dwight (with the shoes and all) but it was short-lived; and as much as I enjoyed Mickey Rourke killing the shit out of lots of people, it can eventually get a bit tiresome when he just won't give up and Alba ain't even worth it anymore.
I'm always intrigued and amused by the black&white+color style and visual effects and how much Robert Rodriguez pulls off with greenscreen, minimal sets and a bunch of computers. That said, they didn't really push the limits with any particular scene in the way it felt like they were doing with the first Sin City back in 2005. Instead, it's more of the same, with some 3D added in (that doesn't add much). I was also amused by how much we see of Eva Green the entire time. She is pretty much naked her entire storyline, which works well in the comics and is fun for this movie, but I'm not sure she made for the most captivating character to care about. Most of the plots were a drag, and that's my biggest issue with this otherwise entertaining film.
What did YOU think of Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For? Stylistic trash or genius?
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