Date Released: April 1, 2005
Date Watched: August 7, 2014
Why Now? The sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, comes out in a few weeks, and the trailers are intriguing. I also love the posters. Since I have a thing for watching films in the order they were intended, I figured I’d watch the first film before seeing the new one.
Why not then? I wasn’t old enough to see it in theatre when it was released and I never bothered to get a copy of it when it was released on DVD.
- A highly stylish film, with lots of Film Noir inspiration
- Interesting colour design
- A high octane and bloody action-thriller
- Bad-ass Femme Fatales and lots scantily clad women
- Smooth talking gangsters
- Some stellar performances from an impeccable cast
What I actually got:
- Can you say castration anxiety? Both literally and figuratively.
- Quentin Tarantino might have only been a guest director, but his hands are all over this
- Some beautiful black-and-white cinematography, with some nice graphic novel style touches, but an un-inspired use of colourization
- A script that is too clever for its own good and therefore utterly predictable
- Rosario Dawson being absolutely awesome
One night stand or second date potential? While on the surface Sin City is very stylish and cool, it is also quite dull and plodding. There’s no shock value in it because you see everything coming from a mile away. And not just what is going to happen, but also how it’s going to happen. It’s too well planned and has a nasty misogynistic undercurrent that I just can’t get past. I definitely will not be revisiting this one.