SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Movie Review
It’s time that we head back to Basin city. Coming along with us is returning favourites Marv, Dwight(kind of) and Nancy played by Mickey Rourke, Josh Brolin and Jessica Alba respectively. Joining them this time around are smooth criminal Johnny, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Goddess Ava Lord, Eva Green and seductive Sally played by Juno Temple. Sin City was a critical and commercial success, it was a very different kind of take on the comic book genre movie. In my opinion it’s one of the best movies in the genre. Will Sin City: A Dame To Kill For have the same impact? Only one way to find out.
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For opens up pretty abruptly, especially when you compare it to its predecessor. Where Sin City opened up to a nuanced and debonair assassin Sin City: A Dame To Kill For crashed into our faces with Marv opening up with his feelings about how he’s in another one of his shenanigans. It’s a nice way to reintroduce us to this messed up little world Frank Miller created. Just like its predecessor Sin City: A Dame To Kill For jumps from story to story, four stories in instead of three, one of them being an original story for the cinematic release.
If I had to choose a story which I was most engaged in I’d have to say it would be Dwight’s story which is about the titular character, A Dame To Kill For. The reason is because of Ava Lord played by the stunning and enthralling Eva Green. Every word that came out of her mouth was silky smooth and just made me fall further in love with her. She wasn’t just the most interesting character in her story but the most engaging character in the whole movie. You wanted to know what was happening to her, you wanted to know her motivations and from the moment she walked in the door you wanted her to be yours, I may be in love with Eva Green. Moving on. Unfortunately Dwight, now played by Josh Brolin, is so dull and flat that he brings the rest of the story down. He’s no replacement for Clive Owen who is sorely missed in the role he made his own in 2005.
Then there is Johnnies story, some kind of messed up coming of age story that builds to an incredibly unimpressive pay-off. Gordon Levitt is great, as per usual, but he is given a pretty weak story which is filled with the oddest of cameos. He’s charming, he’s got an okay back story and that’s it. His character trait is that he’s lucky, it’s interesting but never really expanded on, he’s given some great lines but they’re lost in his overly complex story.
Marv’s story is okay but is nowhere on the same level as his story in Sin City. He has no characters to bounce off of and it makes you realise that Marv on his own is pretty boring. He needs a psychopath like Kevin to challenge him and he needs a a whore with a heart of gold to give him a purpose, otherwise he’s just a thug. He’s in all the other stories to some degree as a supporting character and he works a lot better then.
Finally we come to Nancy’s story and it is without a doubt the worst story in the movie. Nancy is haunted by the ghost of Hartigan, again played by Bruce Willis. She”s become obsessed with the idea of avenging Hartigan and destroying the villain Roark. Nancy has become a much darker character, sadly because of this she has lost all charm and even though the story clearly wants you to feel sympathy for her, the dialogue hampers all empathy you’re supposed to have for her.
The only positives I can take away from Sin City: A Dame To Kill For is that the landscape of the movie still looks great, the soundtrack is decent but nothing as mind blowing as Sin City. The dame herself, Eva Green is a stunning, charming, psychopathic wonder among a sea of mediocrity. Joseph Gordon Levitt is too good for the story he’s given and Lady Gaga has the most unnecessary cameo I’ve ever seen. The funniest thing is the style is still there, the cool is still there but the charm isn’t there in enough abundance and I think the reason is because the new characters apart from Ava Lord aren’t interesting enough. I miss Kevin, I miss Jack Rafferty and I miss original Dwight and original Miho. I would say hardcore Miller fans will enjoy this but if you’re interested in watching a movie like this just watch Sin City.