Saw it yesterday; mixed feelings. It’s endlessly compelling, and every frame is beautiful to look at. Extremely cool, often brilliant, often darkly funny. Innovative, tough cinema, constantly surprising, constantly jarring and completely relentless. But while I dont mind endless killing sprees – I loved Kill Bill – in Basin City the violence was just a bit too casual, too pointless, too stylized. When you dont even notice people getting chopped up, something has to be wrong.
Its supposed to be the most faithful graphic novel adaptation up to now – Putu, who’s read the book, certainly seems to think so. Three stories from Frank Miller’s Sin City graphic novel series, chopped up and served.
Not having read the books, I have no idea what Josh Hartnett’s scenes were about. But I loved the Tarantino-directed sequence (Clive Owen in a car, driving the talking corpse of Benicio Del Toro, gun stuck in head, through pouring rain). And I love the fact that Robert Rodriguez also directed the Spy Kids series.
The men are all fallen heroes, tough and brutal, the woman (equally) completely unreal, but femme–fatale–gorgeous nevertheless- but its too chatty to be noir, and somehow falls just a little short of supercool. Its still more of a graphic novel than a movie – you can see the panel on every shot, and you can actually pause and walk away for a bit and come back without any significant loss of tension.
What a cast, though – I thought Mickey Rourke (Marv, tough-as-nails sometimes-psycho killer) and Elijah Wood (crazy calm cannibal Kevin, a soul-stealing, smiling assassin) were brilliant, though Clive Owen didnt make as much of an impact as he should have. Bruce Willis played Bruce Willis again. Definitely liked it, and will watch again – but its not as good as, say, Pulp Fiction or Kill Bill. Or Dark Knight Returns, for that matter. Very tough comparisons, given the cult following everything other movie/book Ive mentioned here has attained, but with a cast and crew like this, Sin City should have been a classic. Its not. But its still a must-see.