Friday, August 22, 2014

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Movie Review

Mickey Rourke kills in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Sinfully Delicious

Was the first Sin City this good? I don't think so; but nine years is a long time to perfect your craft. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is a literal riot, a movie that's not afraid to poke fun at itself; yet alone poke an opponent's eye (or two) out. I absolutely loved it... all the cheesy one-liners, each drop of blood and every ounce of Eva Green's physical perfection. A Dame to Kill For, is just that... worth dying/killing for: It's visually stunning (even the opening credits are sensational) and fun as heck to listen to & experience. All movies should be this cool, and relatively short (102 minutes.)

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller's visually stunning "Sin City" graphic novels back to the screen in SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. Weaving together two of Miller's classic stories with new tales, the town's most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more notorious inhabitants. SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR is the follow up to Rodriguez and Miller's 2005 groundbreaking film, FRANK MILLER'S SIN CITY.

What’s Best: If Abbie Cornish is my dream girl next door; then Eva Green's the one I long to fool around with. I don't mean to downplay her acting (which is devilishly delightful) but who remembers the bread after steak & lobster? If she doesn't get an Oscar nomination, I'm writing a letter to the Academy.

Lucky for Sin City, Ava (Green) isn't the only one worth killing for. Rourke is wonderful as Marv, the film's unofficial mauler extraordinaire. Wouldn't you love to call on him, the next time your shit hits the fan? Brolin's no slouch in the butt-kicking department either; but I prefer his more subtle moments, such as coughing through Ava's cigarette smoke or tossing around cliches like, 'I was born at night, but not last night.' You won't find a better pair of police detectives than Mort & Bob, played by DC's own Christopher Meloni and Entourage's Jeremy Piven; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt turns cockiness into an admirable trait as cool-as-a-whistle Johnny, who takes a beating and keeps on ticking.

What’s Not: Rodriguez displays great balance for most of the movie; but eventually breaks down, and tosses 15 minutes or so of uninterrupted violence at his audience towards the end. It's not a deal breaker, mind you; but it's a tiny dent in an otherwise awesome movie.

Best Line: Take your pick (there's tons to choose from) but I prefer Johnny's description of Sin City as, 'the kind of place your father doesn't want to talk about.' Brolin's Dwight McCarthy places a close second with, 'I'll be damned. Door to door service,' after getting his ass kicked by the monstrous Manute (Dennis Haysbert, in a fantastic turn.)

Overall: Move over Sly, Sin City has its own brand of Expendables... Powers Boothe (66) Haysbert (60) Stacey Keach (73) Ray Liotta (59) Rourke (61) and Bruce Willis (59.) They may not match the original Expendables in terms of fire power; but they make a much better movie. Perhaps Rocky should let Miller handle his next screenplay... This one was terrific. Speaking of terrific, did I mention Ms. Green? See it. Love it. Listen to me say, "I told you so."