Dash isn’t always the fun and cocky critic you know and love, kids. Especially on a warm night like this. No beer or woman in site that can cool Dash’s heels. Instead, Dash finds himself stuck in a small room with a TV, a DVD player and a busted air conditioner. Then, Dash finds himself staring at a lone DVD on the floor. Black and white…Black as night and white as the hot walls of this room. That’s when Dash asked himself if this sequel is worth it…is it worth dying for, killing for, and worth going to Hell for?
Yeah no…not really.
‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’ was the long-awaited sequel to the 2005 stylized crime-thriller ‘Sin City’. Both films were based on the cult-comic stories of the same name created by acclaimed comic writer and artist Frank Miller, who also served as co-director of both films alongside genre filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. ‘A Dame To Kill For’ mostly focuses on the graphic novel of the same name but the film also includes the ‘Just Another Saturday Night’ short story, as well as two original stories written by Miller. Much like the original film, this sequel also has the same visual flare and music that pays homage to 1940s and 1950s film noir. So…what happened?
The first film was a shot-for-shot adaptation of Frank Miller’s comics, it was both a financial and critical success and pretty much paved the way for other comic adaptations such as ‘300’ and ‘Watchmen’. ‘A Dame To Kill For’ is pretty much the same film made by the same people and stars most of the same actors from the original. However, the film ended up becoming a box office bomb with mixed reviews. I will admit that this film has lost some of the magic that we got from the original. ‘Sin City’ succeeded both as a comic book adaptation and as a throwback to a bygone era of cinema.
While still a successor to ‘Sin City’, the overall quality of ‘A Dame To Kill For’ felt less like an immersive film extravaganza and more like a big-budget pilot to a possible ‘Sin City’ TV series for El Rey Network or Netflix. Hell, even Jessica Alba’s striptease has seemed to downgrade from the last movie…and relax guys, I’m not complaining. Anyway, aside from the cinematography, there are plenty of other standouts in this picture. Returning actors like Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson and Powers Boothe still deliver. Jessica Alba who is certainly attractive, has also been known for having little to no acting ability, manages to surprise me by turning her character of Nancy Callahan into a scarfaced, psychotic, vengeful, alcoholic badass. If you ask me, I think she looks hotter like this anyway.
Then, there’s the new cast members. Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ray Liotta, Christopher Lloyd and Christopher Meloni do a pretty good job as well. Also, Jamie Chung replacing Devon Aoki as Miho, Dennis Haysbert replacing the late Michael Clarke Duncan as Manute, as well as some neat cameos from Lady Gaga and the VERRRY beautiful Alexa Vega. But, by far the best actor of the whole movie is Eva Green as Ava Lord; a manipulative and twisted femme fatale who truly is “A Dame To Kill For”.
I feel this movie we’ll eventually gain some more cult status in the future. I can assure you that while it’s nowhere near as good as the original as there certainly room for some improvement, ‘A Dame To Kill For’ is still a pretty worthy sequel to ‘Sin City’. As it’s own film, it’s an above-average rental, at best. I say give it a watch if you’re a fan of the original, Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller or if you love film noir, there’s should be no reason for you to pass this film up. Besides, it could’ve been a lot worse. Could you imagine what this movie would’ve been like if Alexa Vega wasn’t in it?
Yeah, neither could I. Well that’s all for now, kids. Until next time, Gotta Dash!
Written by Shane Moose
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