"Sin City 2" is not an unnoticed revival of the popular 1950s noir genre with a dash of today's sought-after graphic novels. It must be said that this revival strikes a rather awkward balance between the secondary nature of the story and the originality of the visual presentation.
One thing is certain: fans of the first part and the comics to watch this tape is a must, especially since this film was counted on them. Let Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller managed to get the audience very tired of long waiting (9 years passed since the first picture was released, no matter how you look at it), in the end they presented their work as quite decent and fully reincarnating the spirit of the first film, with all the details and the extraordinary tone of the narration. You can watch Sin City: A Dame to Kill For free on HD on Soap2Day.
In the long-awaited sequel from the Weinstein brothers, there are a surprisingly large number of analog references to another movie comic from this year, "300: Rise of an Empire." The similarities begin with the author of the source material - both are written by Mark Miller.
The second factor that unites them is the "belated" release of the pictures: the issue of the release of the second "Sin City" was suspended in the air two years longer than the story of the creation of "Spartans". A few years ago both stories were insanely popular, managed to gain cult status and acquired loyal fandoms, both films were a breakthrough in technical terms, when shooting against a green screen was not common at all and most critics were greeted rather skeptically.
Both films starred the femme fatale Eva Green with almost identical roles, which makes you fear for her film career. As if not the beautiful Eva became a hostage to one role.
Both films rely on the visual side of the issue, not really bothering with the script. And finally, years of silence have hurt both equally badly, mercilessly destroying all the unique and cutting-edge techniques that were once the very hallmark of their first parts.
Nevertheless, "Sin City 2" still cannot be said to be "classy. Rodriguez did his best here, and his work was certainly not in vain: visually it looks incredibly catchy, and it seems that any shot can simply be taken, printed out and hung on the wall in a beautiful frame.
The special effects create the impression of a complete dissolution of the viewer in the film and its atmosphere, and the use of modern technology contributes a lot to this. In a recent interview, Rodriguez said that he'd always wanted to make a 3D movie and was desperate to make the first one in 3D, but he didn't get the chance to make the sequel.
The film exploits an amazing quality: it's as if the viewer is reading a comic book on the big screen. The choice of setting various scenes, playing with original lighting, and cleverly shifting the focus to certain characters are all perfectly natural techniques of Sin City and another reason why so many people love this world so much.
Apparently, Miller and Rodriguez are also true fans, as they recreate this world with meticulous detail and amazing grace. And though the first impression of novelty has dissolved and been lost in time, the quality has undoubtedly remained at the same high level.
However, the flaw that was inherent in the picture from the very beginning still makes itself felt. The vivid and memorable picture is not at all friendly with the storyline. The main character is Dwight, whose life is all about revenge on his former mistress. At the same time, there are a huge number of different characters in the film, each with their own storyline, which gives the story a crazy chaotic and at some point just gives the impression of a sketchy and episodic narrative, and the characters almost start to merge into one huge and faceless crowd. At this point, only the actors save the situation. They give their characters the depth, volume and such an outstanding personality that none of them get lost or simply fade into the background.
As a result, we get a picture in which the action, if not mesmerizing and striking the viewer completely, at least doesn't sag. Rodriguez, who literally plays the role of orchestra man here (he acted as director, producer and even composer), finally got his act together, of which he has a lot, abandoned those delirious ideas associated with the production of Spy Kids and Machete, which "does not text," and produced an insanely beautiful and astounding spectacle for fans of dark stories.
Many may not be satisfied after watching it, and some may simply need time to get used to the unfamiliar pace of the narration and the unusual construction of the story itself, but those who enjoyed the first "Sin City" will surely forgive the sequel everything, remaining in complete delight. Who knows, maybe they will have to wait for the sequel again for almost a decade.