For all the people out there that say, “Whah, whah, whah. All you like is comic book movies!” I give you Sin City, a star-studded film based on a popular cult comic series from Dark Horse Comics that I couldn’t have given a crap about. Batman is about as dark and gritty as this comic lover gets. As a piece of film work, Sin City was visually stunning, but was packed with lackluster story lines.The original Sin City even ended up on ‘The 4: Overrated Movies‘.
Now nine years later director Robert Rodriguez has a new dark and twisted noir to tell. Rodriguez has rounded up the surviving cast members and added a few others for the sequel Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. The new cast members mainly consist of Josh Brolin taking over for Clive Owen as Dwight and Eva Green’s breasts. I’m not kidding when I say her bare assets are on-screen more than her. It’s almost distracting at times. I couldn’t focus on the story, which again is somewhat flat. Brolin plays a pre-plastic surgery Dwight; I guess that’s how they got around Clive not coming back. If you’re hoping for a cool cameo from Clive, it doesn’t happen. Instead they put make up on Brolin to have him resemble Clive’s version of Dwight and it’s absolutely ridiculous.
Casting seems to be the biggest problem with Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a welcome addition, but essentially his character is pointless. It’s a complete letdown to see his part of the story unravel. Then there’s Jessica Alba. One of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood, but when it comes to acting, Alba is hard to watch and Rodriguez’s decision to focus on this character hurts the film. You need a strong actress behind stripper Nancy, and Alba does not have the skills to pull it off. Even worse, once again her timeline in Sin City is the focus of the film’s finale. Nancy also decides to mutilate her moneymaker so we don’t even get to see a pretty version of Alba. What’s up with that?
Luckily there was one sick individual to save the audience from a goofy finale, Alba’s acting and Brolin’s hilarious make up job: Marv! Rodriguez’s decision to have more of Mickey Rourke’s man-beast Marv prevents Sin City: A Dame To Kill For from being a bad film and actually improves upon its predecessor. Rourke is made to play the wise cracking ruthless thug who is the constant throughout the Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. I would be happy to see a film about just one of Marv’s violent adventures instead of sad Jessica Alba and Bruce Willis as a ghost. Didn’t we see Willis do the spirit character before? Sin City: A Dame To Kill For is a visual masterpiece, but it runs into continuity and casting issues. Rourke can’t save the whole film, but he has the strength to make Sin City: A Dame To Kill For watchable.
Overall, I give Sin City: A Dame To Kill For 2.5 out 4 stars.