Starring: Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Powers Boothe, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Dennis Haysbert, Ray Liotta
Directed By: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez
Written By: Frank Miller
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 42 min
A Dame to Kill For is the second book in the Sin City series written and drawn by Frank Miller. This movie is primarily that story, with components included from Booze, Broads & Bullets and two new stories created just for the film. The Long Bad Night starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Nancy’s Last Dance featuring Jessica Alba.
If you’ve seen the first movie, Sin City (2005), you’ll be familiar with the style, locations and some faces, but there have been a few substitutions. Josh Brolin replaces Clive Owen as Dwight McCarthy, Dennis Haysbert steps in for the late Michael Clarke Duncan as Manute, and Jamie Chung replaces Devon Aoki as Miho.
Just like Sin City (2005), A Dame to Kill For is loaded with style, violence, and tells a series of tragic stories about deeply flawed people. It’s sold as a sequel to the first movie, but the main story line follows Dwight McCarthy before his adventures protecting prostitutes from the mob in Old Town. Other parts of Dame, like Nancy’s Last Dance, continue the Hartigan (Bruce Willis) story line from the first film.
Most of the ingredients that made the first Sin City movie so great are here, including directors Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. Yet, A Dame to Kill For isn’t as effective, and the main reason for that in my opinion is the down to the pace of the film. It’s too frantic, and doesn’t allow its more shocking moments time to breathe before we move on to the next element in the story.
Josh Brolin is fine as Dwight McCarthy, but his nervous ball of rage take on the character wasn’t nearly as entertaining as Clive Owens super cool protector of the weak. Also, my favorite character from the first movie, Marv (Mickey Rourke) is reduced to a supporting player in these stories, and Jessica Alba’s, ‘Nancy’s Last Dance’, just wasn’t very interesting. I did however, enjoy Eva Green’s performance as Ava Lord, a scheming seductress twisting the minds of men unfortunate enough to be associated with her. I also enjoyed the new story, “The Long Bad Night” with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
If you enjoyed the first Sin City, you might enjoy this movie too. It’s not as good in my opinion, but it also isn’t a total waste of time. You’ll need to have seen the first movie in order for any of this to make sense. This movie earns its R rating due to its extreme violence, nudity and sexual content.
This film looks great and a theater sized screen is the best way to enjoy it – a matinée screening is recommended. If you wait for the rental, made sure you get the HD version of the film to enjoy on a nice big TV.
Eva Green is the single best reason to see this film. Her Ava Lord is ruthless and evil, using her bewitching sexuality to twist men around her fingers to do her bidding.