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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Reader Feedback - 6 Comments
I thought the 3d was great and Eva Green used her assets for the role perfectly but overall it was a let-down - dialogue felt rushed, the actors were notably older even though it's supposed to be a prequel/happen at the same time as the first which just felt off. the pacing felt slow and it just wasn't as funny or action packed as the first, seemed like it dragged on towards the finish . i did like JGL's line about being ambidextrous when he shuffles with his left hand though.
Matt Schmieding on Aug 22, 2014
Naked...the enitire time?
Xerxexx on Aug 23, 2014
I'll see it...soon enough.
Xerxexx on Aug 23, 2014
I actually saw a movie on opening weekend! Sigh. Yeah it was a letdown. There was no sense of drama/tension. You pretty much knew the score, especially with Dwight and Marv. It's hard to care about the characters when they don't seem to care themselves. The worst of it, to me was the killing of henchmen in the 2nd half of both main stories. It got cartoonish and ridiculous. We actually started laughing at it. Looking back at the killing in #1 you see how well done that was. Lower body count, killing was a necessity, and the few "joke kills" were meant to be funny. Aside from Marv, who had fun (and made it fun) causing chaos with every one of his kills/beat downs, here he just goes through the punches.
Akirakorn on Aug 24, 2014
So little comments from people who have seen the film... No surprise it under performed at the box office.
DAVIDPD on Aug 24, 2014
We waited 9 years, 9 long years, for this pile of shit. What a horrible let down. Not even her ugly boobs could save this movie.
ali3000 on Aug 26, 2014
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