Promotional Poster for the film "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For." Photo Credit: The Weinstein Company

Sin City Review: A Dame to Kill For is just as gritty and grimy as ever

On Friday, or Thursday for those of you who were lucky enough to get tickets to the early screenings, fans will finally get to witness the newest chapter in the Sin City saga Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

I must say that I went into this film with pretty high expectations. I have always been a fan of Robert Rodriguez, and Frank Miller is simply a brilliant writer and filmmaker with an extraordinary vision.

Thankfully, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For held up in every way possible.

The latest chapter in the Sin City saga is just as gritty and grimy as one has come to expect from a Sin City film, and tells an all-new story with a strange sort of elegance.

Each and every one of the actors in the film did a spectacular job; however, there are a few of them who stood out among the rest. One of those actors is Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays Johnny in the new film.

While he may not have had one of the more featured roles in the film, he definitely put on a good show. He was able to channel his charm and wit in order to truly bring his character to life. Without revealing too much before you get a chance to see the film, Johnny is going to find himself in the mother of crappy situations.

The way that he is able to convey the pain and anguish he would certainly be going through in this scene is simply spot on. I honestly don’t think they could have found someone more suited for this role.

Another person who really impressed in the film is Jessica Alba, who plays the troubled stripper Nancy Callahan. Since the death of John Hartigan, Nancy has just not been right in the head. She just can’t get passed the fact that he is gone, and she sees his face almost everywhere. This leads her down a dark and twisted path to revenge.

Before her defining moment in the film, you will watch her make a complete transformation from the sweet and misguided girl she was in the first one into something completely different. I’m not sure what she used to channel the crazy, but she pulled it off quite nicely.

Two more actors/actresses that really stood out shared a lot of screen time together. Josh Brolin, who is taking up their reigns of Dwight McCarthy in A Dame to Kill For and Penny Dreadful actress Eva Green who plays Ava Lord, otherwise known as The Goddess.

“The way that he (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is able to convey the pain and anguish he would certainly be going through in this scene is simply spot on. I honestly don’t think they could have found someone more suited for this role.”

Brolin takes us much deeper into the internal struggle that Dwight is going through.

He has the potential to be a completely different person, somewhat of a monster, but that is not the life he wants for himself.

Unfortunately, that side is still buried deep inside of him and is itching to come out and play.

On the other hand Eva Green makes us love her and hate her all at the same time.

She is incredibly beautiful – for the record, she spends a good portion of the film completely naked – and has the power to make men do her bidding with just a look in her eyes.

At the same time, she is a completely twisted and manipulative harlot that makes you want to tear her throat out. It takes a special kind of performance to make someone love you and hate you all at the same time.

Getting an honorable mention in the acting category is Mickey Rourke. Rourke is reprising his role as Marv in the film. Marv is kind of the everyman in this film. He plays a role in two of the individual storylines taking place within the film. As we have come to expect from Marv, he loves to fight and has absolutely no issue in killing someone; something he does quite often in A Dame to Kill For.

He is funny, strangely endearing, and an all-around butt kicker that you can’t help but smile, even as he is beating someone’s face in.

Speaking of that, the artistry in the film was spectacular. As most of you are fully aware, Sin City films are pretty violent and bloody. Unlike your average blood-filled action flick, the violence in the film has a strange elegance to it.

While you find yourself wanting to turn your head away as someone is getting their face bashed in or their head cut off, the violence in the film looks almost artistic as if it was ripped straight out of the graphic novel.

Also, if you have the opportunity to see the film in 3D, you should probably jump on the opportunity. Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller really put an effort into making Sin City: A Dame to Kill For a film that is perfect for 3D, and it really shows on the screen.

Also, use of color in the film in contrast with the monochrome overtones really makes the colors they have chosen to highlight pop right off the screen. It serves as a well thought out tool to draw your eyes to exactly what they want you to see.

As a bit of a not-so-subtle Easter egg, both Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller appear in the film on multiple occasions. Some are more obvious than others, but if you know what you are looking for you’ll have no trouble spotting them.

I feel like there could have been a little more to the story in certain parts, especially during their time in Old Town, but all around, the film was a pretty good time that I would be more than willing to venture out to the theater to see the film once again.

Will you be one of the millions of people who rush out to see Sin City: A Dame to Kill For on opening night? What are you most looking forward to heading into the film? Where do you think the journey is headed? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is set to be released on Friday, August 22nd.

 

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