“The night is hot as hell. It’s a lousy room of a lousy motel in a lousy city.” – Marv
I have to say it is difficult for me to pick a favorite character from the Sin City graphic novels but if I really had to Marv would be the winner with John Hartigan a very close second. He is a mad man with scruples, can take a hit (fist, brick or bullet) and keep on coming with an air of chivalry. And when I heard that Troublemaker Studious was coming out with Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, I was a happy camper (even though it took nearly a decade for it to be made.
Much like the first Sin City it starts off with a twist but instead of Josh Hartnett and a woman in a form fitting red dress it is my man Marv retracing his steps of destruction and mayhem.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – Story
Now, I need to be up front, I still haven’t read any of the Sin City graphic novels (slapping hand, bad Geek) so I am not sure if everything that occurred in this film is all from A Dame to Kill For or if it included additional material from the other graphic novels like how the first movie was done. There were three characters that the movie followed with a lot of crossover of many of the characters from the comics: Dwight (Josh Brolin), Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), and Nancy (Jessica Alba).
We follow Dwight acting like a P.I. taking photographic evidence of infidelity to his office, then to Katie’s where he meets up with Eva Green, The Dame to Kill For. From there it is a roller coaster of tobacco, booze, sex, betrayal, and violence of the brand only Frank Miller can provide. At this point it is hard to say any more without giving away spoilers (although, if you have already read the comics it really isn’t spoilers).
The interconnection of all the characters, no matter how loose, is one of the things I love about this series. Sometimes the impact is small, other times they are alongside one another breaking skulls. Marv is actually the one that did a lot of the interacting in this one. First by helping Dwight with a little breaking and mangling, then assisting Nancy on her quest for revenge.
Also, the way it was filmed still made it feel like a comic. This was what had a lot of people complaining back when the first movie came out. It is a comic book movie and that is what we got with this one. The action is over the top, superhuman at times, which just looks awesome on the big screen!
This is really more like nit-picking but it gets to me. I do not like issues of continuity. I get that actors have other obligations or their own purgative when it comes to what role they play but if they take on the mantle of a role then they should make sure they are available to reprise said role. Don’t get me wrong I like Josh Brolin and thought he did an excellent job as Dwight but when they did the whole face changing thing, which was mentioned in the first movie, they could have brought Clive Owen back for that part at least.
However, I do have to point out that even though this a comic book movie and, in a fashion, a continuing story it felt rushed. Maybe it is just me but it didn’t have the smooth flow of a story being told at a relaxed pace. Again, maybe it is just me.
“Walk down the right back alley in Sin City and you can find anything… anything.”