Film Review – Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

Film Review - Sin City A Dame To Kill For - Eva Green as Ava LordDIRECTED BY: Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller

STARRING: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Eva Green, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Powers Boothe, Dennis Haysbert, Ray Liotta, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Christopher Lloyd, Jaime King, Juno Temple, Stacy Keach, Jude Ciccolella, Jaime Chung and Julia Garner

 

SYNOPSIS

Some of Sin City’s most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few of its more reviled inhabitants.

Film Review - Sin City A Dame To Kill For - Jessica Alba as NancyThe sequel to Sin City, Sin City:A Dame To Kill For takes us back into the world where we’re following a few characters – Again Marv is suffering amnesia and he tries to connect the dots as to how he got to where he is, Johnny who is a young cocksure gambler that arrives in the city which leads him to coming up against Senator Roark, Nancy is plotting revenge to take on Senator Roark after the death of Hartigan and Dwight McCarthy, attempting to leave his violent past behind him, gets an unexpected phone call from Ava Lord, who seduces/lures Dwight to go back to his violent ways.

Film Review - Sin City A Dame To Kill For - Joseph Gordon-Levitt as JohnnySin City: A Dame To Kill For has been a long, long, long, LONG time coming, nine years infact and the question becomes is it worth the wait?

 

Personally for me I like this film. Visually it’s still a nice film to look at, it still feels as refreshing to look at as it almost ten years ago. I also liked that Marv was brought back because let’s be honest, when you think of Sin City you think of Marv. Mickey Rourke must which he could play Marv more often as he’s such a interesting character to watch and see what he does next, which is mostly beat up a few people if his friends put him in the right direction or if he happens to be bored. Though you could question that for one particular story that there was too much Marv, though I’ll get into that later. Many people will comment on Eva Green being one of the positives in this film and though she is great as Ava Lord here, I thought Powers Boothe was the best actor in this sequel as Senator Roark, who appeared in the first film but here is the main villain/focus point in the few stories and he just eats up the screen everytime he appears (it’s all in the stance and the voice). Josh Brolin does fine in the role of Dwight, Brolin deserves to appear in the world of Sin City as he has the scowl but for some reason the Dwight character didn’t work for me here. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays JGL with a huge ego here as Johnny, whom I liked as a character and Jessica Alba done well as Nancy whose on a downfall after death of Hartigan, taking up alcoholism and time down at the shooting range to then doing her thing at Kadie’s.

 

For all the talk that the film still has the same visual style you never get tired of viewing, to the characters being poets in their narrative (as all people in Sin City must be) that entices you back into the world, some of the stories used here wasn’t as interesting as the ones used in the original film and especially when it came to the spreading out of the stories, it felt almost that the ‘A Dame To Kill For’ angle (Dwight/Ava Lord) killed the momentum for me of the introduction of Gordon-Levitt’s gambler Johnny and waiting forever for his reappearance. Another issue I had with the ‘A Dame To Kill For’ story was the inclusion of the two detectives, Bob and Mort, played by Jeremy Piven and Christopher Meloni. Now both of them are really good actors, but using them to show how Ava manipulated and seduced men to her will, which we already witnessed just minutes before on Dwight, seemed pretty pointless to me and a waste of having on screen. Then there’s the continuity from the last film going out the window here as you try to figure out how the hell Marv is still alive in the story for Nancy’s revenge when he died in the first film, yet Nancy’s story takes place after the events of the first film….I’ve tried figuring it out for a few hours and once I think I got it, a scene springs up that you forgot and shoots that theory down, so we’ll just call it a simple case of retcon then.

 

VERDICT

It’s an okay sequel to a far superior film, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For still brings the style and dialogue but the stories here are just not as interesting but still worth a viewing.  6/10 

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