Co-Directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller (2005)
Reviewed by MaT, added on Apr 3 2005
This movie has been hyped to hell all over the net for the past year or so and in normal circumstances that would mean that the movie would undoubtably suck. Lucky for us, Sin City is the complete opposite of suck. In fact, it's easily one of the best movies so far this year.
Weaving Frank Miller's stories "The Long Goodbye", "The Big Fat Kill", "That Yellow Bastard", with a wraparound short story entitled "The Customer is Always Right", the two directors craft a gritty, shadowy neo-noir blood fest that perfectly captures the dirty atmosphere of Miller's graphic novels, panel by bloody panel. Anyone reading this review has probably already read all the interesting stories about how the film came about and that the film is all digital (shot on digital and with actors in front of green screens) so I won't go into any lenghty discussion about that, but what I will tell you is that the film is gorgeous. The effects team did a brilliant job of rendering the backgrounds and adding the splashes of color that pop up from time to time.
The acting is what really makes this film go. Mickey Rourke is exceptional as Marv and practically steals the show from the rest of the A List ensemble which includes Bruce Willis (who was a little shaky at times), Benicio Del Toro, Jessica Alba, Rutger Hauer, Elijah Wood, Nick Stahl, and a cameo by Frank Miller himself (he's the priest). The acting is so good that in most scenes, you won't even notice the amazing digital backgrounds.
The film does have some minor flaws. First and foremost, the acting gets a little campy and overly dramatic at times. You might say, "But this is a comic book movie!" and you'd be right, but the rest of the acting was so great that when the dialogue gets cheesy, it's blatantly obvious and sticks out like a sore thumb. Also, the scene directed by Tarantino, although easily the funniest, was visually distracting with the over use of colors. It seemed kind of out of place. The film also seems a bit long, but who cares? These gripes aren't really anything to fret about.
Sin City is an excellent adaptation of Miller's graphic novels (if you haven't read them yet, you should probably do so) that visually explodes onto the screen and features some outstanding acting (You go Mickey Rourke!). Definitely one of the best of the year so far.
I can't wait for the sequel.