It’s April 1st, 2005 and Sin City hits theaters for the first time to pretty favorable reviews for being visually groundbreaking. Let’s now fast forward 9 years later and we finally get the sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Yes you read that right; it has been 9 years since the first installment of this series has come out. Sadly this long wait comes with great disappointment.
We are currently in the golden age of the comic book movie. Every movie released from that medium comes with a certain standard it must uphold. In 2005 Sin City did just that, in fact it went above that standard. This however was a time when the comic book movie was finding its legs. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For not only didn’t try to rise to current comic book movie standards, it fell greatly below them.
A Dame to Kill For had the same artistic style the first film had but it seemed to fall flat on many occasions. What felt fresh and original in 2005 felt very old hat here. They used the same visual cues, giving that familiar feeling you usually get when watching a sequel to a comedy; same story just repackaged slightly different. Only here I’m talking about the visuals.
The narrative is also a complete and utter mess. Let me reiterate it has been 9 years since the first Sin City came out which is fine except half of this movie takes place before the first one and they fail to clue the audience in when this happens leading to a very confusing story. Sure I picked up on what was going on however this was due in large part to me recently watching the first film for a refresher. For the people who haven’t seen it in years I’m pretty sure confusion set in.
The dialogue was pretty painful at times as well in this film. Sure Sin City had its camp but it was done in a way that felt right. In A Dame to Kill For it just felt forced. Especially when one particular character says the title of the movie, in my head all I heard was whomp, whomp, whomp.
However with all the negatives I did find a couple of bright spots in this film; Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Eva Green. Both of them had interesting characters and gave this movie a little something but not enough to save it. JGL usually shines in everything he does now-a-days. Whereas Eva Green I haven’t seen much of her work but she played the manipulator role well in this movie and it has nothing to do with her being in the nude 90% of the time.
For anyone looking to get something new and fresh from the Sin City franchise you’ll surely be disappointed with this. As I for one was anticipating this movie for many, many years and left the theater with very little good to take away from it.
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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez
Written by Frank Miller
Starring Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Powers Boothe, Dennis Haysbert, Ray Liotta, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Jamie Chung and Christopher Lloyd
Runtime: 102 min
Release: August 22, 2014