I, like many others have been waiting for this film for a long time, basically since the first one came out. My expectations were very high, probably boosted by the incredible trailer
They weren’t completely met, but they were close.
The film opens with a bang as we get to see Mickey Rourke’s Marv destroy everything in his path as he chases down some frat boys who try to burn a homeless man alive. Like the first film it follows several different stories. We get to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a slick, poker playing young man whose ego brings him on the wrong side of Sin City. Josh Brolin takes over the role of Dwight, as he is seduced and nearly destroyed by his former lover, the sensual and dangerous Ava Lord, played by Eva Green.
Fans of the first film take note: unfortunately, several of the actors have been changed. Unless you know the names and who is replacing them, this makes it a bit more confusing when you try and connect the stories to the first film. Josh Brolin replacing Clive Owen as Dwight, and Jeremy Piven replacing Michael Madsen as Bob are just a couple of examples.
Visually Sin City II surpasses the original with some of the best 3D I’ve ever seen, it really makes it look like the graphic novel is jumping right off the screen. However, the story and characters are not as well developed as in the first film. There is less suspense, and the action is not quite as entertaining or original. That isn’t to say there are not a lot of great things about this movie, which there are – it’s just hard to surpass a movie as good as the first.
Of course there is plenty of blood, babes, and brutal violence. This one manages to be even darker and bleaker than the first one. Jessica Alba gets more of a chance to shine with greater focus on her character, and of course Mickey Rourke is always a treat to watch as Marv, destroying everyone and anything in his path. There is even a great and hilarious cameo with Christopher Lloyd, who is a heroin-using unlicensed doctor who fixes up Joseph-Gordon Levitt’s character mid-way through the film.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is a film that will please whoever loved the first film if they temper their expectations, but it is unlikely to win anyone over who wasn’t completely on board with the original. It is also not likely to impress anyone who doesn’t have the stomach for extreme violence and nudity. If you liked the first one, don’t even think about missing this one.
Sin City is playing in theatres now.