I went to go see Sin City: A Dame to Kill For last night. I am a huge fan of the comics, I’ve read all of them, and the movie is a masterpiece in my opinion. I had a lot of high expectations for Dame, but unfortunately, I was slightly disappointed. I mean, I liked the movie, it just at a lot of problems that bothered me a lot.
First of all, the overwhelming recasts turned me off. Two of them were beyond their control because of the deaths of Michael Clarke Duncan (Manute) and Brittany Murphy (Shellie). But replacing Michael Madeson was Bob and Devon Aoki as Miho was sad cause they owned those roles in the first, I don’t know why Madeson was replaced, but Aoki was replaced because she was pregnant at the time. Clive Owen’s recasting as Dwight was necessary because this was before Dwight had his facial surgery to escape capture and get close to Ava Lord for betraying him, but there was still a problem about Josh Brolin playing Dwight, which I will get to later.
I thought the stories made up for the movie were completely unnecessary, being Jessica Alba’s Nancy’s Last Dance and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s The Long Bad Night. They were okay stories, but they weren’t based on the comic books and we didn’t really need them. And Nancy’s Last Dance left me very confused about the events of the first movie.
Nancy’s story concludes by cutting up her face to make it look like Roark did it so Marv could help her get revenge on him for causing Hartigan’s suicide, and she succeeds. But here’s the problem, this story takes place between The Yellow Bastard (Hartigan and Nancy’s story in the first) and The Hard Goodbye (Marv’s story in the first), but Nancy’s face isn’t cut up in first movie when she dances in the club or when Marv goes to her place to drop off Wendy. Also, at the end of the Hard Goodbye Marv kills Saint Patrick Roark, according to the second movie, both Roarks are dead, which is possible since we don’t see Roark in Hard Goodbye and The Big Fat Kill (Dwight’s story in the first). But with both of them dead, who was left to prosecute Marv for Patrick and Kevin’s crimes? They expect us to believe the Roark’s power still exists even after their death. We’re the cops and politicians still just loyal to the Roarks? I just don’t buy that, it mades more sense that Senator Roark was still around to prosecute Marv for killing his brother. Though, the comics actually say there was a 3rd Roark brother, who was Attorney General. But he is never mentioned in the movies. See how it’s confusing?
But, Just Another Saturday Night and A Dame to Kill For were the best part of the movie. Saturday Night was a great intro to the movie before they roll the credits and Dame was just a great fem-fatal story that I read and loved from the comic book. But there was one huge problem that I could not get over. Josh Brolin was great playing Dwight before his facial surgery, but the final act of Dame should’ve brought in Clive Owen for him to confront and kill Ava Lord. But with Clive Owen unavailable because of his new show Knick Josh Brolin still played Dwight. Which was totally stupid, because Dwight was suppose to look so different his own mother couldn’t tell who he was, particularly Ava. But he didn’t look any different, you could tell a mille away that was Josh Brolin and they expect us to believe that Ava couldn’t tell from two feet in front of her. Manute even remarks “My compliments to your surgeon. But you still have the eyes of a dead man.” Who are they kidding? Who are they trying to fool? They probably would’ve been better off just getting another actor to play Dwight for the final act if they couldn’t get Clive Owen. That is what bugged me the most, because the filmmakers were stupid enough to think that no one in the movie recognized Dwight in the final act except Manute, who even said they did nice work.
It was a fine movie, but those problems you just can’t get over. Really subpar compared to the first one. I’d give it an 8/10, maybe a 7.5/10