Comic book to big-screen adaptations are always tricky, as we've seen… MoreComic book to big-screen adaptations are always tricky, as we've seen with Marvel and DC's recent creations. They have varied from being cinematically gorgeous, full of creative intellectualness, one of each, or neither. Thankfully, "neither" has stayed away from 2014.
The Sin City universe, however, stands apart. It is grim but hypnotically exquisite, told in black-and-white narrations filled with a sleazy nudity and gallons of blood. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and its narratives are magnificently dazzling despite their sorrow, particularly with the film's symbolic use of color throughout.
That being said, Sin City has a cult following, as many enjoy the cinematic beauty and the gore while others are repulsed by the exploitative nature of the films. Ultimately, loving or hating A Dame to Kill For depends on whether you're a fan.
Dame to Kill For, like the first Sin City, is comprised of four narratives. However,
Dame is told in two separate timelines-the past and the present. Essentially, it is narrated in two parts occurring at different points in time, with each narrative focusing on separate groups of characters.
The film includes events that occurred before the first Sin City film as well as the events that occur after the first film ends. For that reason, rewatching the first film before viewing the second is essential. Keep in mind, the first film was released nine ago and deserves a revisit.
We enter the new Sin City installment with Marv, a character killed in the first film. This informs us that we are currently in the prequel timeline. His segment is an intense and bloody statement on morality and justice, slaughtering with the ever-expected gory deaths fans can expect from Marv.
We then enter the sequel timeline, showing us the events that occur after the first Sin City installment. We meet Johnny, a young and well-dressed gambler that believes he can defeat the "unbeatable" Senator Roarke in poker-a very power man in Sin City with an affinity for violence. Johnny is cocky, plays well, and defeats Roarke in a game. Roarke is unfathomably embarrassed and angered, taking out his rage on Johnny. Their narrative builds in suspense and is completed later in the film.
Now, we return to a sequel plot. A man named Dwight is unexpectedly called by his former lover, Ava, who is frantic and fears for her life. Dwight agrees to help Ava by saving her from an obsessive, violent lover. The tale unfolds into one of vanity, sexualization, and deceit. Lies always equal power in Sin City, and this is a grim plot one expects of the City.
Continuing in the sequel storyline, we are reintroduced to Nancy from the first film. She plans to kill Roarke as revenge for his influence in the death of the man she loved-Hartigan. In her plot for vengeance, fans will get exactly what they came for-closure for the first Sin City film.
A Dame to Kill For is fundamentally the Sin City film fans will want. As an avid fan, I sincerely enjoyed the film, despite its predictability. The dazzling contrasts and grisly storylines are a feast on the eyes. However, Sin City 2 exists mostly to please those interested in strange, artsy cinema and die-hard fans. As expected, its shocking and exploitative bleakness is a turn-off for others.
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