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Let The Girl Go! aka another Sin City review

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It took me a while but Saturday night I finally saw “Sin City“. I gotta say, it’s a hell of a movie. I never read the comics (I know, I lost a few points for that one) but you don’t really need to read a single panel of the comics to see how amazing this movie is. But it is one of those movies that will lose you if you don’t pay attention, or have the comic as a cheat sheet.

Visually, it is the first to make the viewer feel that we are indeed watching a comic book. Spider-Man 2 came close, but the semi black and white look of “Sin City” really helps enhance the comic book feel. Everyone is great in the movie with Mickey Rourke giving us one of his best performances ever, Bruce Willis playing the hero who get the shaft, Esquire magazine’s coverboy Benico Del Toro as a David Byrne-less talking head and a few of my favorite actresses making sure I would not take my eyes off the screen.

However, “Sin City” is not without it’s shortcomings, in my opinion. First of all, I love Tarantino films. His influence is all over this one, with the plot skipping all over the timeline. Normally, this works for Mr. T, who was called on to help this little flick along. This time, it backfires on him. With so much going on in this movie it is really hard to keep up, especially if you have not read the comic book. By the time they came back around to the beginning story, I don’t know who was who. The yellow guy appears and it took me a minute to realize he was the first scene’s bad guy, somehow transformed into a light bulb looking freak after getting shot the fuck up by Bruce Willis.

I saw through the script a few times too. As soon as Clive Owen’s character jumps outta of Brittney Murphy’s window, I knew he was on his way to fight Jackie Boy (Benicio Del Toro). I guessed that they were going to get all Charlize Theron “Monster” on us and sure enough, Jackie Boy is a cop. I figured the set up scene as soon as Michael Clarke Duncan and the boys are in position as it was the only way to solve the problem. Still, I was diggin the movie and proud of my plot guessing abilities.(I really think I could write this stuff!)

The other thing is the movie is a little long. Again, I normally like movies that are longer than the average 90 minutes, but this was long and I got lost in the plot. Not good. (Can someone do something about those theater chairs! If the new trend is going to be longer movies, make sure tall dudes with so-so circulation don’t walk out of your flick to regain feeling in their toes by installing about 4 more inches of cushion in those stadium seats!)

And when the movie ended on the farm and Elijah Wood didn’t eat Willis and Alba like he did Goldie, I felt like they should have gave me a call before releasing this one. My comments might have helped a little—-“Loose 20 minutes of it. Make Elijah’s character say something, he talked his ass off for 3 “LOTR” movies….on second thought keep him quiet. Somebody needs to make Rosario’s top come off “accidentally” like Janet at the SuperBowl..etc, etc.—- At the least, I would have had Wood kill Willis so he didn’t have to. (Don’t want to spoil it for you)

Rosario’s body is so loco!! DAMN!

All in all, I like the movie and will buy the DVD, if only for the deleted scenes of Rosairo Dawson and Dark Angel’s Jessica Alba.(mmmmm..Rosairo & Jessica….mmmmm) But “Sin City” did have me antsy by the time it ended. By the time it was almost over, I was like, “Come on, we know what happens next, Willis dies, the girl lives…great flick…I can’t feel my butt!”

Dumbest line in “Sin City”:

“Let the girl go”–Bruce Willis
Anytime I hear that line in a movie, I repeat it in a mentally challenged voice, like Damon Wayan’sBlankman” character, really loud. It always gets laughs from the audience and it didn’t fail me Saturday night either. You know how us black folks can be in a movie theater! Heckling the screen and what not= good times!

Brendon, Ameila and McMullian thought it was bad ass too.

More “Sin City” links:
http://www.cinematical.com/2005/04/05/the-sin-city-comparison-library/

http://hem.passagen.se/fm4/sincity.html

http://www.themoviebox.net/movies/2005/STUVWXYZ/SinCity/main.php#MovieInfo

ps.
Be careful Googling this movie kids…you might find yourself in a completely different web site than you expected, and I aint talking Vegas vacation packages either! People have been accused of being a perv for less!

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  • TylerNewton

    You obviously have not read any Sin City, the GRAPHIC NOVELS.

    If you did, you would see that your complaints about the script are really complaints about a graphic novel you haven’t read.

    When the script and visuals are based exactly on a graphic novel, the movie doesn’t deserve the criticism you dish out, but rather the graphic novel.

    Since you have NEVER read any of the graphic novels, you are in no position to comment about them nor the movie.

    Thanks for your worthless review. Next time, read the graphic novels and then tell us, “I saw through the script a few times too.”

  • http://canheadrecords.blogspot.com/ L. Cue

    >>>>>second sentence of my post< <<<<<<<
    I never read the comics (I know, I lost a few points for that one)
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

    You obvious didn’t read my post. If you did you would see tht I gave the movie a good review and said I would also buy the DVD..I just spoke on a few things that bothered me, one having nothing to do with the movie itself. But thanks for the kind words, glad you liked my worthless review.

    Oh yeah, there are several reviews of Sin City here at BlogCritics as well. I’m sure you will find one that suits your opinion, since that is the purpose of a REVIEW, to echo your thoughts!

    (Damn I’m good..did you see how I handled that? Not too aggressive, not too passive…Jumping back and kissing myself Godfather style)

  • http://canheadrecords.blogspot.com/ L. Cue

    hold up…
    “Next time, read the graphic novels and then tell us, “I saw through the script a few times too.”

    Are you mad because I was able to guess the next step in a movie script that is based on a comic book?

    Hell, Ray Charles could have seen those plot changes coming and he’s blind and dead.(ok..that was crass but I’m making a point)

    “Next caller, your live on the air with the worst movie reviewer at BC ElQThaTerrible!”

  • TylerNewton

    “Are you mad because I was able to guess the next step in a movie script that is based on a comic book?”

    No, I am mad because you are judging a movie (And script) that is 100% based on, panel for panel, several stories from the Sin City Graphic novels.

    If you have an issue with the script, that means you have an issue with the graphic novel, which you admittedly haven’t read. Thus you are in no position to take cheap shots at the script.

    Read the Sin City graphic novels (At the least the stories used in the movie) and then you can attack the “Script.”

  • http://www.temptationwaits.com visualsimplicity

    Wait, if the movie is panel for panel the same as the graphic novel, then why would it be necessary for Laron to read the graphic novel just to have an opinion on the plot? The plot is the exact same in either medium right?

  • http://canheadrecords.blogspot.com/ L. Cue

    ok let me say this a different way…(El Q stands on his head)

    I liked the movie! Alot! I just said the thing about the plot becasue it happened….not really attacking the script by guessing how it will play out…besides, that just a personal thing I say as I love writing and think I really could write this stuff…(typos included!)

    And if I did judge it, you would see that I gave it a not guilty on the bullshit movie charge that many have given it.

    This is why I stopped collecting comics…comic book nerds can be brutal.

    I bet you were pissed that Mary Jane was the one Green Goblin was holding over the Brooklyn Bridge in “Spider-Man” as opposed to Gewn Stacey, Spidey’s real first girlfriend (as my inner comic book nerd gives Tyler the finger!)

    For the record, I have no problem with the script or the movie. I’m just being a (blog) critic.

    Excelsior my pasty skinned graphic novel reading friend! Live long and prosper and all that jazz.

    Next movie review…”State Property 2″~rhymetyme~
    (gotta change the scene, the comic geeks is freaking me out!)

  • Tal

    I can’t believe someone is actually giving you bandwidth to write.

    Not only is your writing atrocious, but your feeble attempt at summarization and criticism feels like it belongs in a high school lit mag.

    You have obviously done no research whatsoever into the movie (hint: Tarantino only directed one scene, and I bet you don’t even know which scene it is) nor do you understand that the plot and dialogue are taken directly from the comic, and are stilted and cliche on purpose.

    I realize you liked the movie. Good for you. But if you have any designs whatsoever on professional criticism, start doing your homework before you start writing and making yourself look like an ignorant ass. Oh, and brush up on your grammar or get an editor. I lost count of the number of spelling and punctuation mistakes.

  • http://canheadrecords.blogspot.com/ L. Cue

    glad u injoyed it…u r rite tho’ I did not research the movie. I paid for the ticket, sat down and watched it.

    This is actually a re-post from my PERSONAL blog, so blame blogger.com for giving me bandwidth. I guess you can yell at BC too…

    Good thing I’m still working on the degree, my feelings might have been hurt otherwise!

    next caller…

  • http://www.mondoirlando.com Aaron, Duke De Mondo

    nice review, Laron. i don’t think i felt the flick was over-long though, more like one of those yeah, keep on goin type things.

    And i think Hulk managed the comic book visuals at least as well as this did. But god, what eye candy this is! my sweet lord. and such glorious violence!

  • HW Saxton

    LL.Cue,Good review man. I saw this flick
    but I’m not much on the comic adaptation
    thing.I ended up leaving early as I got
    really bored.Stylistically,it was pretty
    cool looking though.The only other movie
    I’ve ever seen that really seemed to be
    close to a comic book come to life was the film “Darkman” by Sam Raimi.Better
    than Spidey 1 or 2 anyway.I think folks
    like what are found posting in comments
    #1,4 and 7 are one of the main reasons
    I dislike comic culture in general.
    The most humorless people I’ve ever met are fan boy comic book nerd types.

    PS: Must agree Rosario = Muy Caliente!!!

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  • Nancy

    Your review had a highscool mentality. With a movie of this genre(film noir) you must take into context the audience(society) of which it represents and has beeen generated by.
    You failed to mention the ecclestcial/secular,the fear of authority, the oprression/empowerment of women, proleterian/bourgeoise struggles….the list goes on..and on.
    There was alot more going on in this movie then you have presented. Keep reading and maybe take a film appreciation class or something….you can only improve!!! You’re “review” is lacking construct, insight, do some deep thinking !!!I never reply to this sort of thing but, my proffesor included this film for our mid term essay we must “watch the movie sin city, write a 1500 word essay in which you analyze the movie from both a (Emile)Durkheim and (Karl)Marx perspectives…be sure to use concepts from both theoretical traditions in your analysis” so therefore your “review” is useless for me Anyhow….incidently i’ve watched it once …now I shall watch at least 5 more times..I suggest you do the same!