I am a huge fan of film noir. To me, there are few styles of film more sleek, stylish and cool. I even wrote a book in the style (insert not-so shameless plug here). And if you’ve seen the first Sin City, then you know that it is an absolute Noirgasm from the scenery, to the characters, to the lingo. Even more entertaining, is its groundbreaking chromo key, color washing visuals that make it look straight off the pages of Frank Miller’s original 1991 graphic novel. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is more of the same.
In comparison to 2005’s Sin City, the stories are not nearly as hefty with emotion or even vigor. Ironically, the most entertaining one, starring Gordon-Levitt, is the one that is not adapted from one of Miller’s original graphic novels. None of that should take away from the big attraction though; the beautiful visuals that leave each scene stunningly vibrant. But, if you found the first film excessively violent, gratuitously sexual, shallow, and vulgar then you’ve got no business watching this film. If, like me, you appreciate the unique imagery and love the over the top action and sleek throwback dialogue, then this is the movie for you. Simply stated, if you liked 2005’s Sin City, then you’ll like this one too.
FINAL GRADE: B+
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