Sin City Review (2005) Sam’s Neo-Noir month part 2

Sin City is based on the graphic novel series of the same name. The graphic novels are done by Frank Miller.  Frank Miller is most famous for “Sin City”, but has done other stories like 300 and Hard Boiled (unrelated to the John Woo film).

I saw the movie “Sin City” before I had ever read any of the books. Now I have actually read a couple of the books, and they are good. I really like the visual style, and the narrative is always interesting.

Robert Rodriguez is the man behind the movie. He is my second favorite director of all time. He gives the movie his style, but keeps it feeling like “Sin City” and not “The Robert Rodriguez version of Sin City”. The visual style of the movie is great and keeps in style from the books. Almost all of the dialogue is quoted word for word from the books. I think it’s impressive how true to the books this movie is. I think it might be one of the best screen translation of a book ever. It works because Rodriguez is such a big fan of the source material. Tarantino directed one scene as a special guest director. The reason why is because Rodriguez wanted to show him how to shoot digitally.

As previously mentioned, the visual style is great. The movie is done in more than one style. The movie is mostly black and white, but stylized black and white. Important colors show through like red for blood, or a car, or sky, and eye color. Blood shows up red but also shows up as pure white. The visual style alone is enough reason to watch the movie, it just looks good.

Aside from just looking good, “Sin City” is a damn good movie. The movie is an anthology, which means it is a collection of stories. There are three main stories, with one much smaller side story. The smaller stories open and close the film. The first real part is with detective Hartigan played by Bruce Willis, then it goes to Mickey Rourke playing Marv, and over to the big fat kill, where Clive Owen plays Dwight, then back to Hartigan to finish his story, before ending on the smaller story.

All of the characters are pure awesome. the 3 main protagonists Willis, Rourke, and Owen are all awesome, but my favorite is Rourke. His character Marv, is my favorite. The character is just so cool. The man gets put on the electric chair. When they start to read his rights he says “can we hurry this up? I haven’t got all night.” then they electrocute him, but he doesn’t die, they have to shock him twice. if that isn’t cool then I don’t know what is.

The movie is not realistic, not at all. All the action is exaggerated but doesn’t feel too over the top. Characters have power, sending people flying across a room with one smack. If you’ve ever seen the Jet Li  movie “The One” that’s an example of how not to do the exaggerated action, “Sin City” is an example of how to do it.

Out of all the great antagonists my favorite is Kevin played by Elijah Wood. He isn’t really a main protagonist more of a side one, but the character is just so interesting. that is the best word to describe the character. He’s interesting. You want to know more about him. I hope the character is in “Sin City 2” and it’s a prequel so he might be. Kevin is completely silent, but he tells so much with his unfazed face. He always has this evil smile, even after his arms and legs have been cut off and his pet wolf is eating his stomach. Rodriguez actually digitally elongated Elijah’s chin in his first shot so he would be less recognizable.

Rosaria Dawson as Gail
Devon Aoki as Miho









All of the characters are great including the side characters like Miho and Gail, all interesting. The characters are very important, because “Sin City” is driven’ by it’s strong narrative.

Sin city has great stories, great action, great narratives, great characters, great visual style, great atmosphere, etc. it’s just an all around great movie. one of my favorite movie.


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