Film-Noir refuses to reach extinction. Slowly, it returns to the eyes of viewers from time to time. Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For gives you a slice of pie of that, much to either your annoyance or delight, depending on how you look at it. This reviewer sees it not in a completely positive light. This comic book franchise excels in many outstanding ways and it didn’t NEED to incorporate such an overdone cliché concept. It could have produced a fresher storyline for that subplot. Though, to look at both sides of the table, it didn’t take away from, or devitalize the unapologetic relentless style of Sin City many of us love.
First off: this IS a GOOD film. Disregard the box office figures of this film AND the many critics whom do not assign good scores to films when it contains mindless violence. The Sin City franchise is a unique breed of volatile old-fashioned storytelling and it is MORE than what censor-approving sensitive minds comprehend it to be. The style of Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For is completely different from nearly all other comic book movies excluding its predecessor. It will blur the lines of where you stand with comic book films. That being said, it does possess flaws and that holds it back from being great or as good as the first picture.
Dialogue of Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For does not consist of vituperation, rather, it contains a mix of film noir style speech, and passive aggressive comments which turn into bloody fight scenes. Depending on the level of aggression one has adapted, experienced, or witness, that could be felt as endearing.
Flaws are quite identifiable in this picture. The main ones are as follows: It has more cheesiness than the 1st one and just in general. Forgivable, though worth a mention. Next, character re-casting will be noticed by fans pretty quickly. Brittany Murphy and Michael Clarke Duncan both passed away, therefore, her character was written off. On the otherhand, he was replaced by Dennis Haysbert whom filled the shoes fairly nicely; annoying, nonetheless. To add to that irritation, Clive Owen is alive and should have been able to reprise his role as Dwight, but instead was replaced by Josh Brolin (whom did such a fantastic job that he could have been a completely separately character and he clearly would have held his own, but this is sadly purely irritating) AND the cherry on top, is that they have Marv (Micky Rourke) back and he was electrocuted to death in the first one, and most of these events are not set in the time of a prequel, so that will leave one thinking, what the heck. Awesome character to see more of though, and Joseph Gordon Levitt was outstanding in his debut. Last flaw, to mention, both the opening and the ending were mediocre. The ending was cheesy and the beginning was disorganized and unnatural.
All those cons aside, Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For, entertained me the whole way through. There were some humorous scenes, and a lot of great characters: reprisals and fresh people too. The script was fantastic, the visuals and imagery are very rich and combine that with it’s style and it’s straight up gorgeous to view. Lastly, it’s still worth a trip to the theatre based on all these factors, and simply because one should like it the whole way through (assuming the subject matter is easily stomached for that individual).
Absorb the blood of the past, and remember back alleys can contain ANYTHING.