Sin City (2005) took everyone by surprise when it was released nine years ago. It changed the graphic-novel-to-movie genre and paved the way for movies like V for Vendetta (2005) and Watchmen (2009). What the first Sin City also did was tell a story differently than other comic film movies have, and even surpassing other original films in that way. Now, almost a decade later, we finally have a sequel; and yes, this sequel has been in the making for those nine years. It’s not like director Robert Rodriguez just wrote this movie out last week.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014), like the first movie, is based on three or four stories from the novels. The first movie was based on the first novel, “The Hard Goodbye”, “the third, The Big Fat Kill”, the fourth,”That Yellow Bastard”, and a one shot called “The Customer is Always Right”. This one is primarily based off the second novel, “A Dame to Kill For”, a one shot called, “Just Another Saturday Night”, and two original stories written by author Frank Miller titled, “The Long Bad Night”, and, “Nancy’s Last Dance”.
The movie still boasts the same stylized action of the first movie and has the dialogue of a 50s neo-noir film. A lot of the characters from the original film show up, and some of them died in the first movie, making this actually more of a prequel than a sequel, but whatever. Mickey Rourke is back as Marv and he’s still a total badass. Jessica Alba is still hot as Hell playing skinny little Nancy Callahan. Last movie, Nancy was just a stripper and now she’s a stripper with a badass overtone. She’s affected by the stuff that happened in the last movie with her and Hartigan (Played again by Bruce Willis) and it shows in her characteristics. There are some new characters too like Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character, Johnny. He’s just a lucky guy whose got nothing to lose and he’s basically just playing himself it seems. Nothing wrong with that. Johnny goes up against Senator Roark, played again by Powers Boothe. In the last movie, Boothe was really only in one or two scenes; but in this movie he has a much bigger role, and he’s kind of a total ass. Like you hate this guy the whole movie and you cannot wait to just see him eat it.
The stories in this movie for the majority are all solid whether it be Nancy’s revenge journey, or Marv trying to retrace his Saturday night like its The Hangover (2009) when he wakes up next to a bunch of dead guys. However what’s puzzling to me is that the least interesting story had to be the main story of the movie which was “A Dame to Kill For”. Josh Brolin replaces Clive Owen as Dwight and he’s awesome in the role, because you know, Josh Brolin is awesome; and Eva Green as Ava, (THE dame to kill for) is great – especially since she’s naked like the whole movie – but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that this was the weakest part of the movie. It really only got interesting when Marv came in to help out Dwight, because Marv is a total badass and always will be. It’s a total bummer, though, when the segment that this movie is named after is arguably the dullest portion of the movie.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has all the things you enjoyed in the first movie with the style and dialogue. The characters are cool, whether new or returning. There’s gratuitous violence just like the first one and you walk out satisfied; but you can’t help but feel a little let down by the middle of the movie and how it drags on with stuff that just doesn’t seem that essential to the plot.
Overall Rating: 6.5/10 – Good
It’s a solid sequel/prequel, but you can’t really beat the groundbreaking originality of the first movie. If they shortened the “Dame to Kill For” segment, I may have liked it a little more, but I certainly don’t regret seeing it. If you’re a fan of the first, you WILL enjoy the second.
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