Frances Winston takes a look at this film, based on the graphic novels of Frank Miller
Director: Robert Rodríguez, Frank Miller
Cast: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
The phrase star–studded has rarely been so apt. Featuring a plethora of A-listers and based on the graphic novels by Frank Miller, the movie retains the darkness and atmosphere of the source material, while throwing in a dash of film noir for good measure. Part prequel and part sequel to 2005’s Sin City, some audience members who saw the original may find themselves slightly confused, so it is best to park your logic at the door, and take this for the sexily seductive romp it is.
With interlinking stories rather than a straightforward narrative, this shares the trademark look of the first film, and is mainly black and white, with splashes of vivid colour dotted throughout.
Visually it is stunning. The directors really have created a living graphic novel. The look is helped by an exceedingly striking cast. No matter what your taste in movie stars, with a cast list like this, there is bound to be at least one actor here that you’ve harboured a crush on.
Given that it is set in the seedy world of Sin City, it is hardly surprising that this is rather full on, as characters get maimed, mutilated and murdered in full view. You’ll cringe more than once as they endure the brutality inflicted upon them. At times you almost feel their pain. This movie is not for the squeamish, despite the cartoonish nature of the violence.
All of the cast are excellent in their respective roles, with Mickey Rourke in particular appearing to relish reprising the role of Marv, and Eva Green being perfectly cast as Ava Lord, the ultimate femme fatale.
This features some of the most kick-ass women you’re likely to see on screen, and they manage to look stunning engaging in shootouts, while the men are brooding and butch throughout a la the movie idols of yesteryear.
The multiple plotlines are interwoven well, although if you haven’t seen the first one you may find yourself a bit lost in places, as there is a lot of reference to the events in that movie.
With stories of betrayal, lust and revenge, this is gritty to its atmospheric core, and engages from the off. At under two hours it is well paced, and when it ends, you find yourself wanting to know more about the fate of the characters, which is always a good sign.
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