Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Synopsis: “CO-DIRECTORS ROBERT RODRIGUEZ AND FRANK MILLER REUNITE TO BRING MILLER’S VISUALLY STUNNING “SIN CITY” GRAPHIC NOVELS BACK TO THE SCREEN IN SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. WEAVING TOGETHER TWO OF MILLER’S CLASSIC STORIES WITH NEW TALES, THE TOWN’S MOST HARD BOILED CITIZENS CROSS PATHS WITH SOME OF ITS MORE NOTORIOUS INHABITANTS.”
Visually outstanding, with exceptional acting, fueled by the screenplay and direction of Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is a good film, but fails in comparison with the first Sin City. Almost a decade since that film changed the comic book movie genre, the sequel does enough to be entertaining, but the only true improvement it has over the first is its stylistic cinematography and visuals.
As with the first film, A Dame to Kill For was designed to be more of a “translation” rather than an adaptation of Frank Miller’s acclaimed graphic novels. With the exception of a few segments made just for the film, the other two sequences take the same exact dialogue and inner monologues of the characters, their looks, and the camera shots to replicate the panels from the books, and in those regards, the film is a success.
These segments include “Just Another Saturday Night” and the main story of which the film is named after, “A Dame to Kill For.” Advancements in visual effects have made the film look exceptionally better and closer to the books. The Sin City films are graphic novels come to life on a cinema screen.
The writings of Frank Miller are infamously known to be dark, intense, and generally intelligent critiques on society, and his work here is just that. All of his Sin City characters are to some degree, detestable and unlikable, yet they all have personalities and qualities that make them interesting and fun to watch.
I especially loved the complexities and film noir aspects of the inner monologues of Josh Brolin’s Dwight (replacing Clive Owen from the first film) in the “A Dame to Kill For” segment. Josh Brolin, Mickey Rourke, Eva Green, and Powers Boothe lead an amazing cast that helps to bring not only the characters to life, but also the writings that accompanied them.
But as I mentioned earlier, this film doesn’t improve on much of the first film, and that unfortunately includes the writing. The screenplay is great, but the original Sin City I found to be more intense and have far better character interactions and plot choices.
Another thing A Dame to Kill For faults over is its editing. The segments do not transition well into each other, leaving an awkward moment as to which segment just started or just finished. Also certain scenes, although lifted from the books, could have been left out, as they add nothing to the general plot of the film and took me out of the scene for a bit.
This is still an entertaining movie. If you’re a fan of the writings of Frank Miller and the Sin City books, then there is no question that you will love this film regardless of any reviews.
However, if you have issues with graphic violence and nudity, then go catch another flick. Overall, I enjoyed the film, but perhaps the nine-year wait made me hope for a film that would’ve surely surpassed the first film as a classic, and not this.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For receives 3 out of 5 stars.