Nine years after the release of the ground breaking and industry redefining ‘Sin City’ (2004) directed by Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller and “special guest director Quentin Tarantino comes the long awaited sequel, playing this weekend, ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,’which is loosely based on the graphic novel/comic book of the same name. But, chances are if you’re a fan reading my review, you know this and simply wish to know if this installment lives up to its predecessor. Short answer, no. But that doesn’t mean that it’s a negative experience, but simply that it doesn’t have the gravity and force of the progenitor.
Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rosario Dawson all reprise their rolls, but several parts were recast for various reasons. Most notably is the part of Dwight McCarthy, previously done by Clive Owen, and whether or not its because his Dwight isn’t as tough, doesn’t have as many witty monologues, or that Josh Brolin doesn’t speak with a British accent.
Regardless the movie doesn’t add up to one that you need to rush to see. (However, if you were a fan of the first, you will enjoy this one as it is more of the same). That having been said, the visuals, sound effects and story are amazing, so it definitely should be seen in theaters while it can be. You would be ill advised to settle for home video. Just don’t expect anything new…
At the close, I would like to thank Epic Theaters for their providing a very amiable theater in which to view this (and other) movies and recommend that you go to one of their several local locations for your next cinematic experience.