Most of the gang is back in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, Mickey Rourke as Marv, Jessica Alba as Nancy, Rosario Dawson as Gail, Bruce Willis as Hartigan, Jaime King as Wendy, and Powers Boothe as Senator Roark are joined by new arrivals Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Johnny, Eva Green as Ava, Josh Brolin as Dwight, Juno Temple as Sally, Dennis Haysbert as Manute, and Jamie Chung as Miko.
The techniques on display include high-contrast black and white with dramatic splashes of colour. Milky-white spray that signifies blood. Moody voice-overs invoking noir cinema. It’s all as you (may) remember it.
The stories featured in this edition include two from the graphic novels (A Dame To Kill For, and Just Another Saturday Night) as well as a never-published story (The Long, Bad Night). A Dame To Kill For is intended as the centrepiece of the movie–its name is in the title–and Ms. Green passes much of her screen time, as the femme fatale, in the buff. Even so, I was more impressed with the Joseph Gordon-Levitt centred The Long, Bad Night, bleak as it was.
Final Analysis: When I watched the original Sin City I felt compelled to pull out my collection of the graphic novels, and re-read them. The same thing happened again with Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. The movie is visually stunning but that’s pretty much it. it is tough to expect performances from what is essentially a comic book brought to life. That feat was best accomplished by Zack Snyder when he made 300 based on another one of Frank Miller’s graphic novels. For what it is worth, I liked the new Sin City movie a lot more than the original.