Movie Review: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Movie Review: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

15 Sep 2014

Dark, darker, Frank Miller

It's been almost a decade since the first movie adaptation of Frank Miller's neo-noir comics hit the big screens, presenting viewers with a highly computerized dark and surreal story, featuring the gloomy characters of the city of sin. The collaboration between Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller returns with a sequel, featuring the same dramatic visuals and black and white aesthetic as the first instalment, adding on a few more characters for innovative reasons.

Lady Gaga, Roy Liotta, Joseph Gordan-Levitt are some of the added actors, who play roles as desperate and distressed as the returning names including Jessica Alba and Jamie King.

Bringing Frank Miller's graphic novels back to the silver screen, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For interlaces stories of the city's most hard boiled residents, as they cross paths with some of its most despised inhabitants. Presented in a vignette format, as in the first movie, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, is not a full-length storyline that moves chronologically, but rather highlights the main characters in sequences that end up being weaved together somehow.

From black widows to con man, all the way to exotic dancers, the city of sins chews up and spits out its worst, to represent its nastiness and dejection, highlighting violence as well as beauty with little bursts of colour in the dark night.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For doesn't comes across with as much energy as the debut movie, offering not a lot of novelty throughout the story, nor the added characters. But if you loved the first one, you are sure to be full content watching the sequel, as Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller stay 100% true to the Sin City identity in terms of characters, as well as graphic style.