Movie: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
My Rating: 3 stars
This movie is essentially just a ninety-minute excuse to take a good long look at Eva Green’s tits. And believe me, they’re glorious. I was surprised that they didn’t get their own separate billing, for how much screen time they received. In fact, they were featured so prominently that I actually became desensitized to them. You know how if someone enters the room, and you need to pause your movie while they’re talking to you? And, you usually wait for a neutral frame to come up so there isn’t a lurid picture on screen while you’re chatting? Well that happened to me, but I actually got so used to seeing Eva Green’s rack that I paused the movie on a full naked shot without another though. I knew there must be a reason why peoples’ eyes kept darting to the screen.
But, of course there is a lot more to this movie than just some nude, chiaroscuro romps. Yes, most of the story does revolve around strippers, prostitutes, and gold-diggers. It is Sin City after all. It’s the second movie in the franchise, and I had actually been waiting for this one for quite a while. I loved that dark, graphic novel aesthetic, and the almost-cheesy, hard-boiled dialogue from the first film. It’s very stylized, and very sexy, even for how violent the film is. But, I was a little confused about the timeline. The events seem to take place after those in the first film. But, it features several characters that I was sure had died in that first movie. Oh well. Maybe the stories are supposed to overlap? But, this story is definitely much simpler than the original.
I almost wish that the plot had been a little more intricate. There was so much going on in the first film that I had to watch it several times just to figure out what was going on. It was very difficult to keep the different story lines straight. But there really was just one main plot line and one peripheral story in this one. The little side story is about a man who just can’t lose at gambling (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Of course, this little trick of his gets him into a world of trouble in a world where crime bosses like to keep close tabs on all their card rooms. And, the main story is about Eva Green—the “dame to kill for”—and her irresistible feminine wiles. And believe me, she’s using them for all they’re worth. You won’t be dissatisfied.
This movie definitely isn’t as good as the first, but that’s no reason to skip it. There’s still plenty going on here to enjoy. The acting is captivating, and the aesthetic is dramatic. There’s lots of bare flesh to gawk at. And, at the very least, it’s another visit to that dark, intoxicating world we came to know in the original. Just don’t watch it with anyone who would get too jealous.